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Customs in Qatar

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Are you about to travel to Qatar? To guide you, here is a list of items and products that are allowed into the country.

Traveling abroad, whatever your destination, requires proper planning. One of your priorities will be to find out what you can carry in your luggage. As in all countries, some products may be allowed while others can be banned from Qatar. Hence, you are advised to inquire beforehand with Qatari customs authorities or directly with your carrier. This should help avoid any confusion during boarding and on your arrival in Qatar.

 Good to know:

In general, rules vary for nationals coming from different countries: the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, etc. It is best to refer to the Qatar embassy or consulate in your country.

Authorized products

When entering Qatar, you are allowed to carry the following products and items:

  • personal belongings and gifts whose value does not exceed RQ 3,000
  • a maximum of 400 cigarettes
  • a camcorder, a camera and a mobile phone for personal use
  • laptop and textbooks maintenance tools for personal use
  • medicines and basic foodstuffs such as milk and infant cereals (accompanied by a proof).

 Important:

In the case of alcoholic beverages, you are required to pay a tax of around 5% if the value of your belongings and gifts you are carrying exceeds the rate of exemption granted by customs authorities.

Customs tax

When passing the customs, the following will be required:

  • a duly completed and signed customs declaration form (Attachment 1), stating your name and nationality
  • your identity card or passport
  • your carriage number
  • the date and time of arrival
  • the type, amount and value of products and objects in your possession.

 Good to know:

Customs officers may request for the inspection of some or all of your belongings so as to determine if these comply with existing regulations.

Currency

Travelers are also required to declare any currency they have in their possession. You will have to fill a Form 2 in which you must reveal the source of these currencies. Terrorist financing and money laundering cases are seized in accordance with custom regulations.

Prohibited products

The following products are prohibited from entering Qatar:

  • indecent materials (pornographic books, magazines, films, hard drives, CDs, DVDs, etc.)
  • all types of illegal drugs
  • arms, ammunition and explosives
  • radioactive equipment and materials.

Car import

Foreign cars imported to Qatar in the TripTik entitled to temporary authorization for a six months period. Cars imported outside the TripTik will obtain a temporary authorization for a three months period which is renewable for similar periods provided you produce bank or cash guarantees which are equal to the amount needed in terms of customs duties.

To be eligible for this temporary permit, the car must have been registered in your home country and insurance must have been issued a company which is approved in Qatar and covering the whole territory.

 Useful links:

Customs Qatar customs.gov.qa
Qatar Customs - Travelers Guide www.customs.gov.qa/eng/traveller.php
Qatar Airways - List of banned products www.qatarairways.com

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