Things to Prepare Before Relocating to Qatar

For people who want to go to the Middle East to work, Qatar is one of the destinations that come to mind. With the vibrant expat life and plenty of opportunities for career growth. It is good to get an understanding of life and working conditions in this country.

Moving to a new country is no joke, for you to get going and securing a job in one of the richest countries on the planet, you need to take into consideration a few things to make sure you know what you’re getting into.

Here’s a checklist below to guide you what you need to have/do before you relocating to Qatar:

Your Passport and Other Documents

Before your departure to Qatar, there’s a wee bit that needs to be ensured to avoid any malfunctioning later on. The most significant one being your passport. You need to send a valid copy of your passport (with expiration date not being less than 6 months), coupled with a certificate vouching for your highest education or diploma, to procure the work visa on time.

In case you have your spouse and family relocating with you, a valid copy of your marriage certificate, birth certificate(s) of your children and copies of passport of the whole family, need to be provided beforehand.

Medical-fitness is one thing Qatari regime is quite stringent about. Hence, you need to get done with the pre-travel medical check and submit pertinent reports with the concerned authorities. In case, you’re planning to have a tenure extending a year in the country, the documents vouching for your police verification would also be required.

In addition to all these, if you’re planning to drive yourself within the country, there’s a dire requirement for you to obtain an international driving permit/ license (IDP/L).

Contacting Movers and Shipping Firms

Obviously, considering the high prices for household items in Qatar, you would want to carry your own stuff while relocating. Make sure all items like electronic accessories, furniture and other household items find space in your relocation budget, as it would take a major chunk out of your pocket to buy these here. Contact various shipping and transportation companies, to get the right quite regarding the same and plan a bit ahead while scheduling your shipment.

Your Insurance and Bank Accounts

Being well-acquainted with the fact that insurance limits vary all across the globe, it’s quite important to know the exact requirements pertaining to the same in Qatar. This entails getting an insurance provider on board and getting done with your vehicle insurance, property insurance (including transit and destination coverage) and most importantly- health insurance. In addition to this, you also need to notify your bank about the relocation and review all accounts for internationally transferring and managing funds.

Qatar will surely be the best place you’ll ever work in. With the country offering all the likes of comfort, prosperity and professional growth, all you need is to stick to the basic and do the drill right. Rest, there’s much more to look forward to and learn over here!



Author Bio: Anshuman Kukreti is a professional writer and a keen follower of the global job market. An engineer by qualification and an artist at heart, he writes on various topics related to employment across the Gulf. Reach him @ LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+.