People from these 5 countries are exempted from taking driving tests in Qatar
Over the years, the demand for driving licenses in Qatar has gone up considerably. With the country nearing the date for 2022 FIFA World Cup, even more people are expected to come here.
Obtaining a driving license in the country has become progressively tougher in the last few years.
However, if you belong to one of these five countries — UK, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, South Korea, and Malaysia — then you are exempt from the troubles of going through the lengthy licensing process.
The newspaper said that holders of driving license from these five countries are now eligible to get a Qatari driving licence without any tests.
The new rule exempts qualified applicants from enrolling at driving schools and from taking theory and practical tests, according to sources.
“I’ve just come from the Traffic Department this morning and had no problem swapping my UK licence for a Qatari one. Saves me doing the road test which was booked for tomorrow,” said a resident who posted his experience on social media recently.
The newspaper also quotes sources as saying that applicants are not required to present their passports except for a Qatari ID and the original copy of the driving licence from any of the five countries.
According to the UK embassy in Doha, it received a confirmation from Qatari authorities on August 29 saying that holders of a valid UK driving licence are permitted to drive in Qatar (using this licence) for 12 months from the day they arrived.
“This applies to both visitors and residents, once a residence permit has been issued,” the embassy stated in a post.