• GAC organizes a specialization course on rules of origin and their applications , from 4 to 6 February 2018. ....more

  • GAC starts a training course on green customs in partnership with the ministry of municipality and environment on 18/2/2018, for 2 days. ....more

  • GAC starts a course on customs exemptions and fees suspension systems , for 5 days, starting from 25/2/2018. ....more

  • GAC participates in a course on customs role in combating money laundry, for 2 days, starting from 25/2/2018. ....more

Traveler Guide

Traveler exempted personal belongings and gifts

  • Personal Gifts

Personal luggage and gifts of value does not exceed 3,000 QR are exempted from customs duties. To benefit from the exemption, the following conditions must be fulfilled:

  • The quantities are not commercial.
  • The traveler is not frequented to customs office or trade professional of the materials in his possession.
  • Number of exempted cigarettes must not exceed (400) cigarettes.
  • Belongings and gifts are subject to provisions of prohibition and restriction stipulated in other applicable customs laws and legislations.
  • Electrical Equipments and Devices
  • It is allowed to enter used video camera, photograph camera and mobile for personal use accompanied with comers to the country exempted from customs duties.
  • It is allowed to enter personal laptop, and used manual tools of maintenance technician exempted from customs duties if accompanied with comers to the country for personal use.

Prohibition and Restriction:

  • The traveler has to declare to customs department, through which he enters, what he possesses of goods, belongings and materials which are subject to customs duties and other fees, or subject to provisions of prohibition and restriction contained in customs law or legislation applicable in the State.
  • It is banned to enter prohibited materials to the State with the traveler. The prohibited materials are:
  • Indecent materials of all forms (books/ magazines/ movies/ floppy or hard disks or similar)
  • Drugs of all types and classes.
  • Weapons, ammunition and explosives of all types.
  • Equipment and materials which are radioactive sources.
  • Alcoholic beverages

Customs duties shall be applied to the traveler in the following cases:

  • If the value of gifts and belongings exceed the amount of the exemption or they are of commercial nature, these gifts and belongings shall be subject to customs duties (5%) of the customs value, with the exception of tobacco and its derivatives (100%) of the value provided that it does not less than the specific fees of the customs tariff.

Procedures of release and payment of customs duties:

  • Goods and belongings subject to duties shall be released under customs declaration form (Attachment-1), including traveler name, nationality, ID document, means of transportation number, date of arrival, types of goods and materials in his possession and their quantities, and his acknowledgement on the correctness of information mentioned in the declaration.
  • Customs officer may accept oral declaration from the traveler and carry out the necessary procedures according to the next item.
  • Customs officer shall check the data contained in the declaration; inspect goods and materials accompanying the traveler in whole or in part as appropriate; evaluate them materially and mention this on the immediate release form of non-commercial goods accompanying the travelers.
  • These procedures are applied to the goods accompanying the traveler for personal use only. If it is found that the accompanying goods are of commercial nature, the traveler will be asked to provide customs declaration and continue in clearance procedures set by law in the competent cargo department, with the imposition of customs fines when due.
  • If the traveler does not wish to pay customs duties, in case they fall due, for the goods in his possession and want to return them, they will be kept in warehouse of customs office for a maximum period of three months, and fees of consignment (0.005) of consignment value shall be paid for each week or part thereof of the retention period. If the travel does not attend to recover the consignment and dispose it according to provisions of the law, it will sold by public auction.
  • If the result of inspection showed the presence of undeclared goods and materials or that they are hidden in places not allocated for placement of these goods and materials, officer in charge shall seize these goods and materials, record the incident and apply provisions of customs law.

Disclosure of Cash Currencies:

  • In case of suspicion, customs officer shall ask travelers to disclose cash currencies or negotiable financial instruments in their possession by filling out Form (2) attached herein.
  • Traveler is committed to disclose all cash currencies and negotiable financial instruments regardless of their quantity, at the request of customs officer.
  • Customs offices shall keep sufficient quantities of these forms, in Arabic and English, to provide them to the traveler who asked to disclose cash currencies and negotiable financial instruments in his possession.
  • If the traveler does not disclose as required in the above items, or his disclosure was false or incomplete, he will be deemed to have failed to disclose, and the officer in charge shall investigate the cause of this failure and record complete information about traveler identity and address, source of cash currencies and instruments, and purpose of its transfer. In case of suspicion of its source or if the purpose thereof is money laundering and terrorist financing, the officer shall seize these currencies and the instruments against official receipt, without prejudice to the application of the provisions of Customs Law if the act constitutes a smuggling crime or customs offence.

In all cases, General Authority of Customs shall report Financial Information Unit in Qatar Central Bank to follow up the matter.
Temporary Admission of Foreign Cars:

  • Foreign tourist cars (other than cars registered in a GCC member country) shall be granted temporary admission permit as follows:
  • Six months for cars secured in TripTik.
  • Three months for cars unsecured in TripTik, extended for similar periods if the applicant provided bank guarantees or cash deposit equivalent to customs duties owed on the car.  
  • In order to benefit from the provisions of temporary admission, the following conditions must be provided in the car:
  • The car must be registered officially in the licensing country under a document proving this.
  • Car license is valid and the car is not carrying export plates.
  • To show insurance from a company approved in the country covering its territory for the duration of the temporary admission.
  • To show a recognized TripTik to guarantee customs duties.   
  • In order to benefit from the provisions of temporary admission, the following conditions must be provided in the person who wishes to obtain temporary admission for his car:
  • He must be the owner of the car or authorized to drive it under special proxy issued from the country in which the car is registered and duly certified.
  • He must have a valid residence in the country in which the car is registered, if he is not a national of this country.
  • He must have a valid driving license.
  • In order to benefit from the provisions of temporary admission, TripTik must be recognized by General Authority of Customs and its validity must cover period of temporary admission of the car.
  • The following procedures must be followed when admitting a car under TripTik:
  • Register number and date of Temporary Admission Permit and the time period granted on TripTik book.
  • Truncate the coupon from TripTik book in cases of entry and exit.
  • Students and scholarships (Non-GCC nationals) who are studying at one of the universities or institutions in the country, are allowed to renew the duration of the temporary admission of their cars during the study or mission period, provided that it is secured in a valid TripTik.
  • Temporary admission permits are granted for cars from the customs office.
  • Temporary Admission Permit must include all information of the car and applicant such as car registration number plate, country of registration, chassis, motor, car model, color, applicant name, nationality and passport number.   
  • State of temporary admission of foreign car expires by leaving the country through one of the customs offices or placed in the free zone, or clearing it locally and paying customs duties after approval of General Authority of Customs.