There has been some confusion regarding the grace period that expats wishing to exit the Qatar are entitled to. Due a series of confusion people were given to believe that expats have only 7 days to leave the country once their Residence Permit expires and if the continue to remain in the country beyond these 7 days then a fine of QR10 would be levied per day.

People on social media pointed out that the grace period was in fact for 30 days, this prompted the Ministry of Interior to settle the confusion once for all.

This information was collected from the Qatar Ministry of Interior’s website.

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The Ministry in its tweet confirmed, that neither of the two assumptions i.e. 10 days or 30 days is correct. And in fact, the grace period is that of 90 days. People whose RP has expired or has been cancelled have 90 days to leave the country or renew their RPs without any penalty.

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.@MOI_QatarEn we’ve been trying to reach General Directorate of Passports & Expat Affairs today regarding an inquiry but no one answers the phone. Please can you tell us how long a person can remain in Qatar after their RP has expired or been cancelled? Is it 7 days or 1 month?

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There is 90 days grace period once Residence Permit is expired or cancelled.

See Ministry of Interior’s other Tweets

To read the full Law on the Regulation of Expatriates Entry, Departure, Residence and Sponsorship, click here.