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Moving to Qatar

Qatar is one of the wealthiest countries in the Middle East, largely thanks to its rich Oil and Gas reserves.
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Moving to Qatar

This industry along with construction, provides many job opportunities for foreign workers, and is a reason why overseas workers now outnumber native Qataris. Other employment opportunities for expats include working in the fields of engineering and finance.

Officially known as the State of Qatar, the capital is Doha and it is also the central urban area where the majority of the population live. The principal language is Arabic, English is also widely spoken as a second language. As Qatar is a multicultural place due to the influx of migrant workers, many other languages are spoken here also.

When living as an expat in Qatar, make sure to carefully research. A guide such as The Explorer Series – Qatar, may be helpful in preparing for your move.

There are many pull factors drawing expats to Qatar. Economic growth, job opportunities, tax savings are just a few. It is also a great hub for travelling and exploring exciting places in the region such as Dubai, Goa and The Maldives. The State’s vision for infrastructure in the coming years including a metro network means that this will surely attract further expatriates to the area. The 2022 World Cup to be held here also means that the Persian State is likely to experience increased interest as an expat destination.

Shipping to Qatar

When shipping to Qatar, your International Move Manager will provide you with the relevant information for your specific shipment. The following is a general guide for Customs Requirements for Shipping to Qatar.

Duty free entry is permitted  for used household goods and personal effects. New items will be subject to duty and documents will need to endorsed by a Qatar Embassy, this document must be sent to the destination agent prior to shipment.

Please note that all of your items will be subject to a 100% physical inspection at the by Qatar Customs.

Shipping Computer Equipment to Qatar

If you are including shipping equipment in your shipment, you will need approval from Qatar Telecommunications prior to shipping. Contact your Move Manager for further details.

Shipping CDs, DVDs and Books to Qatar

When shipping CDs, books, videos and DVDs to Qatar, censorship approval from the Ministry of Information will be required, this can take up to 14 working days.

Car / Vehicle Shipping to Qatar

Customs duty will  be payable on the vehicle upon entry into Qatar. The following documents will be required in order to import your car / vehicle into the country:

  • Original registration certification from the country of origin
  • Insurance documentation
  • Invoice if applicable

It is not permitted to import cars / vehicles that are over five years old.

If you are exporting your car from the UK, don’t forget to advise the DVLA  and complete and return the required forms.

In order to register your car in Qatar, proof of ownership and the original import manifest shipping document will be needed. The owner of the car must be resident in the country prior to registration.

Shipping to Qatar – Prohibited Items

Prohibited items for shipping include: alcohol, pork products, dangerous items such as firearms, wireless transmitters, and items made from ivory (including Pianos).

Please note that customs regulations can change on a frequent basis so please contact us for further details. 

 Contact us for a free quote for your shipment to Qatar

Contact us for a free quotation for for further information on shipping to Qatar.

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As one of the leading providers of overseas removals on a national and international scale, we pride ourselves on providing a professional and friendly service from our highly trained and competent team. We have been recognised as one of the leading international moving companies by the networks below and we are, therefore, proud of our credentials and the quality standard they represent.

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From the initial meeting to the pack up John Mason were both friendly and professional. We have already recommended them to friends, we don’t hesitate to recommend them for your move.

Surrey, UK to Auckland, New Zealand - June 2018

My whole experience with John Mason's has been very good, from having Tony surveying till today with the container being packed, I will definitely recommend John Mason to provide removal services.

M.H. South Shields, UK to Perth, Australia – November 2018

Absolutely one of the best movers I have worked with. Pleasant helpful admin staff and the delivery drivers were absolute angels sorting and moving the boxes where I asked them to. Arrived exactly when they said it would.

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