Moving to Qatar

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Updated 2023-06-21 19:32

Embarking on an international relocation journey to Qatar is an exciting chapter filled with new opportunities and experiences. One crucial aspect of your move is ensuring a smooth transition for your belongings. From cherished personal items to essential household goods, safely transporting your possessions to Qatar requires careful planning, organization, and reliable logistics.

If you have decided to relocate to Qatar, take the time to choose your removal company. This is an important step not to be taken lightly. Set up an appointment with a relocation counselor for an in-house estimate. Make a list of all the objects that require special care (glass, mirror, piece of art, special packaging, etc.) Specify to the mover what you will do yourself (dismantling furniture, packing dishes, etc.)

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Regarding the estimate, several key points are to be considered, such as:

  • Origin address - where removers will pack and load your belongings
  • The destination address in Qatar - where removers will unload your belongings
  • Volume or weight of your stuff
  • Types of transportation (by air, train, truck, ship)
  • Nature of the services - terms and conditions, insurance damage, etc.
  • Prices and payment plans

Usually, removal companies unload your belongings directly to the destination address in Qatar. However, some removal companies unload your belongings in warehouses, and you have to pick them up yourself afterward, implying additional costs. Check your moving contract carefully.

Make an inventory of belonging you will bring to Qatar

Make an exhaustive inventory of your belongings to establish a value statement. The value statement is an important document that sets the compensation amount you could receive in case of loss or damage to your belongings.

Complete the declaration of value yourself by stating the overall value of your property and the value of certain particular precious items. Read carefully the terms and conditions of your contract to find out more about the transportation and handling of precious objects. This statement is essential because, without it, an estimate cannot be established, which will obviously affect your relocation and your organization.

Getting damage insurance when relocating to Qatar

Accordingly, damage insurance will be proposed by the carrier. This insurance automatically covers non-predictable damage associated with the transportation of your belongings up to the value indicated in the declaration of value. The cost of the insurance depends on the overall value of your belongings. The removal company must issue a certificate of insurance in any case.

Signing the waybill when relocating to Qatar

Finally, you must sign the waybill before loading and after delivery of your belongings in Qatar. The waybill is a document that specifies the terms and conditions of the contract, the mode of transportation, the volume or weight carried by the removal company, and the name and address of both the customer and the carrier. By signing the waybill, you definitely agree to these terms and conditions and give permission to the removal company to go ahead.

Regarding removal payment plans, a deposit is usually to be paid before loading, and the balance must be paid upon delivery. A payment plan must be arranged with the removal company in any case.


In general, carriers handle custom paperwork for you (customs clearance, etc.) For more security, opt for a carrier affiliated with the FIDI (International Federation of International Movers).

Good to know:

Generally, household goods are more expensive in Qatar than in many other Western countries. It may be worth buying/bringing with you as much as possible from your home country before arriving.

Contact the embassy or consulate of Qatar in your region for more information about relocation in the country, customs, prohibited items, etc.

Other points to consider when moving to Qatar

Moving to Qatar can be an exciting experience. Below are some key points to consider when planning your move:

Visa and work permits

Determine the visa and work permit requirements for your specific situation in Qatar. If you are moving for employment, your employer will typically sponsor your work permit and assist you with the visa process. Ensure that you have the necessary documentation and meet the eligibility criteria for your visa category.


Start searching for housing in Qatar before you move. Consider factors such as location, budget, amenities, and proximity to your workplace or desired areas. Qatar offers a range of housing options, including apartments, villas, and compounds. Real estate agents and online platforms can help you find suitable accommodations.


Familiarize yourself with the healthcare system in Qatar. Ensure that you have adequate health insurance coverage for you and your family. Qatar has both public and private healthcare facilities, and it's advisable to register with a local healthcare provider upon your arrival.

Cost of living

Research and plan your budget accordingly, taking into account the cost of living in Qatar. While the cost of living can vary depending on factors such as lifestyle and location, Qatar is known for its relatively high cost of living, particularly in major cities like Doha.


If you have children, research the education options in Qatar. There are both international and local schools in Qatar offering a variety of curricula. It's advisable to start the school admission process well in advance to secure a place for your child.

Banking and documentation

Set up a bank account in Qatar to facilitate financial transactions. Bring along important documents such as your passport, visa, educational certificates, medical records, and any other relevant paperwork that may be required during your stay.

Remember to stay updated on the latest regulations and requirements related to moving to Qatar, as rules and procedures may change. It's advisable to consult with official sources such as the Qatari embassy or consulate in your home country for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the specific requirements for your move to Qatar.

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