Money & duty free for Qatar

Exchange rates:

Qatari Riyal
C$1 = QR2.72
€1 = QR3.81
£1 = QR4.51
US$1 = QR3.64

Currency & Money

Currency information

Qatari Riyal (QAR; symbol QR)= 100 dirhams. Notes are in denominations of QR500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1. Coins are in denominations of 50, 25, 10, 5, 1 dirhams. The exchange rate is pegged to the US dollar at an average rate of US$1 = QR3.64.

Credit cards

American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted.


There are ATM machines throughout Qatar.

Travellers cheques

Traveller's cheques are no longer popular.

Banking hours

Sun-Thu 0730-1200 and 1530-1930.

Currency restriction

There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency, but all amounts and all financial means need to be declared. Israeli currency is prohibited.

Currency exchange

All major banks and hotels will exchange currency.

Qatar duty free

The following goods may be imported into Qatar without incurring customs duty:
• 400 cigarettes.
• Personal items and gifts up to a value of QR3,000.
Please note that you cannot take alcohol with you.

Banned imports

Alcoholic drinks, drugs, indecent materials (books, magazines etc), weapons, ammunitions, explosives and radioactive equipment.

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.