Qatar and the UK

Services if you're visiting, studying, working or living in Qatar. Includes information about trading with and doing business in the UK.

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Emergency help for British nationals

Get help if you're the victim of crime, you've been arrested, or are affected by a crisis abroad.

  1. British Embassy Doha

    We develop and maintain relations between the UK and Qatar. We work on a wide range of issues, including the future of the European Union, EU enlargement and completing the single market, climate change, science and innovation co-operation, foreign policy challenges and defence and police co-operation.

  2. Compensation for victims of terrorist attacks abroad

    Compensation for terrorist attacks abroad - eligibility, acts of terrorism covered, application form, helpline

  3. Compensation if you're a victim of crime abroad

    If you're a UK resident and have been injured because of a violent crime abroad, you can usually apply for compensation

  4. Get help if you're a victim of crime abroad

    Contact the nearest British embassy, commission or consulate to get help if you're the victim of crime abroad

  5. Help if you're arrested abroad

    Find out what the Foreign and Commonwealth Office can do to help if you or someone you know is arrested abroad.

  6. Qatar – Prisoner Pack

    Explanation of the legal and prison system to British Nationals

  7. Rape and sexual assault abroad: returning to the UK

    Information for British nationals affected by rape or sexual assault abroad and returning to the UK, including how to access medical treatment and legal advice in the UK.

  8. What to do if you’re affected by a crisis overseas

    Advice for British nationals affected by crises abroad, including terrorist attacks, natural disasters and major political unrest, and information on what help the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) can provide.

Passports and emergency travel documents

Includes how to cancel a lost passport, renew a passport and apply for an emergency travel document.

  1. Apply for or renew a British passport if you're visiting the UK

    You can apply for or renew a British passport while you're visiting the UK - as long as you expect to be in the UK for long enough

  2. Cancel a lost or stolen passport

    What you need to do if your passport has been lost or stolen and you need to travel urgently - emergency travel document and replacement passport.

  3. Get an emergency travel document

    Apply for an emergency travel document if you're outside the UK and haven't got a valid British passport - apply online, how to apply, fee, timings

  4. Overseas British passport applications

    Renew, replace or apply for an adult or child British passport if you’re living abroad or working overseas - forms, prices, how long it takes

Travelling to Qatar

Includes travel advice and how to get married abroad.

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  1. Driving abroad

    You'll need a Great Britain or Northern Ireland licence to drive abroad and an International Driving Permit in some non-EU countries

  2. Getting married abroad

    Requirements, paperwork and processes for weddings and civil partnerships overseas - registration, restrictions, fees

  3. Qatar travel advice

    Latest travel advice for Qatar including safety and security, entry requirements, travel warnings and health

  4. Reduce your risk from terrorism while abroad

    How to minimise your risk and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack.

  5. Taking a vehicle out of the UK

    Taking your car out of the UK - when VAT is not payable on a car you are exporting, procedures, registration and vehicle tax

Coming to the UK

Get a visa to study, work or visit the UK.

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  1. Apply for a Commonwealth visa in Qatar

    Guidance on how to apply for a visa for a Commonwealth country or British overseas territory in Qatar.

  2. Check if you need a UK visa

    You may need a visa to come to the UK to visit, study or work.

  3. Chevening Scholarships for students from overseas

    Chevening Scholarships are one-year Masters’ degrees for graduates from eligible countries who could be future leaders. Find out about eligibility and how to apply.

  4. Contact UK Visas and Immigration about your application

    How to contact UK visas and immigration (UKVI) from inside and outside the UK.

  5. Get your visa, immigration or citizenship documents back

    Get your documents returned if you've made a UK visa, immigration or citizenship application but need them back urgently

Living in Qatar

Includes how to access healthcare, get a document legalised, lists of lawyers and how to vote abroad.

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  1. Check if documents can be legalised

    Find out which documents the Legalisation Office can legalise - confirming the signature, seal or stamp on a document is genuine

  2. Education opportunities in Qatar

    The Qatar education and training market has been identified as a high value education opportunity (HVO).

  3. Get your document legalised

    Use the online service to get a UK document legalised

  4. Information Note

    Transfer of Residency Permit Letters

  5. Legalisation of UK documents for use in the State of Qatar

    There are four steps that you need to follow to have any document issued in the United Kingdom legalised for use in the State of Qatar

  6. Legalisation Office-Guidance-Leaflet

    The Legalisation Office is the only competent authority to issue legalisation or apostille certificates in the UK.

  7. Living in Qatar

    Advice for British people living in Qatar, including information on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more.

  8. Qatar travel advice

    Latest travel advice for Qatar including safety and security, entry requirements, travel warnings and health

  9. Qatar – List of Lawyers and Translators/Interpreters

    List of English speaking lawyers and translators/interpreters

  10. Qatar – Police Clearance Procedure

    Documents, certificates, letters and notes available

  11. Support for British nationals abroad: A guide

    This guide highlights some of the main ways you can help yourself stay safe abroad and what help the FCO can provide.

  12. Voting when you’re abroad

    How to vote if you're going to be abroad temporarily on election day, and what to do if you're moving overseas long term

Tax, benefits, pensions and working abroad

Includes how to pay tax, claim State Pension and get tax credits abroad.

  1. Claiming benefits if you live, move or travel abroad

    Benefits you can claim if you go abroad and countries with social security arrangements with the UK

  2. Employment Disputes - Qatar

    Employment Disputes - Qatar

  3. Labour Disputes Information

    The British Embassy cannot offer legal advice on employment disputes.

  4. Moving or retiring abroad

    What you need to know if you move or retire abroad - tax, pensions, voting and contacting your local council

  5. National Insurance if you go abroad

    Contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to find out if you need to pay National Insurance when you work abroad

  6. Overseas Business Risk - Qatar

    Information on key security and political risks which UK businesses may face when operating in Qatar

  7. State Pension if you retire abroad

    How to claim State Pension if you're overseas - payment, tax, change of circumstances - contact the International Pension Centre

  8. Tax credits if you leave or move to the UK

    Tax credits if you live abroad, go travelling, are a cross-border worker or subject to immigration control

  9. Tax on foreign income

    Find out whether you need to pay UK tax on foreign income - residence and ‘non-dom’ status, tax returns, claiming relief if you’re taxed twice (including certificates of residence)

  10. Tax on your UK income if you live abroad

    Find out whether you need to pay tax on your UK income while you're living abroad - non-resident landlord scheme, tax returns, claiming relief if you’re taxed twice, personal allowance of tax-free income, form R43

  11. Work in another EU country

    UK citizens can work in any European Economic Area country and Switzerland without a work permit - where you can work, your rights, protection for posted workers and National Insurance payments

Birth, death and marriage abroad

Includes how to get married, list of funeral directors and how to register a birth abroad.

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  1. Coping with death abroad (Qatar)

    Guidance on practical support British consular staff can provide in the event of an accidental death, death in hospital, murder or manslaughter abroad, and what you will need to do.

  2. Getting married abroad

    Requirements, paperwork and processes for weddings and civil partnerships overseas - registration, restrictions, fees

  3. Qatar - Affirmation of Marital Status for British Nationals

    Affirmation of Marital Status for British Nationals

  4. Register a birth abroad

    Parents must register the birth in the country where the child was born - find out if you can also register the birth in the UK

  5. Surrogacy overseas

    Information for British nationals who are considering entering into surrogacy arrangements in foreign countries.

  6. What to do after someone dies

    The steps you must take when someone dies - register a death, report a death with Tell Us Once, coroners, funerals and death abroad

News and events

Find out about the UK government's diplomatic, security and development work in Qatar.

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  1. UK and Qatar

    Updates, news and events from the UK government in Qatar

Trade and invest

Includes investing and setting up a business in the UK and doing business in Qatar.

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  1. Business investment in the UK: Guidance for overseas businesses

    Guidance on why overseas companies should set up and locate their businesses in the UK. Includes information on UK business investment and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) opportunities.

  2. Department for International Trade Qatar

    Department for International Trade (DIT) helps UK-based companies export to Qatar. We also help Qatar companies bring their high-quality investment to the UK’s dynamic economy.

  3. Exporting and doing business abroad

    What to do within or outside the EU, including checking if you need a licence

  4. Set up a business

    What you need to do to start a business: choose a legal structure, see if you need licences and insurance, learn about reliefs and benefits

  5. UK Science & Innovation Network in Qatar

  6. UK Science and Innovation Network Country Snapshot: Qatar

    An introductory brief from the UK Science and Innovation Network which covers the local Science and Innovation landscape, UK priorities and successes in Qatar.

British embassy or high commission

Includes contact details, opening hours and consular fees and local services.

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  1. British Embassy Doha

    We develop and maintain relations between the UK and Qatar. We work on a wide range of issues, including the future of the European Union, EU enlargement and completing the single market, climate change, science and innovation co-operation, foreign policy challenges and defence and police co-operation.

  2. Consular Newsletters

    Embassy Newsletter publications

  3. Notarial and documentary services guide for Qatar

    Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at the British Embassy Qatar.

  4. Qatar – Consular Fees

    Details of Consular Fees

  5. Registering with the Embassy

    Until now the FCO has been encouraging British nationals to register their details with the FCO ‘just in case’ of an emergency.