Baggage Shipping to Qatar
The sovereign Arab country of Qatar is situated in West Asia on the Arabian Peninsula. Its southern tip borders Saudi Arabia and is surrounded on all other sides by the Persian Gulf. Qatar is the world’s richest country per capita. Once famed for pearl hunting, it is known today for its huge natural gas and oil reserves. Its population is notable, with a total of 1.8 million residents, only 278,000 of whom are Qatari citizens; the other 1.5 million are expatriates. The currency used in Qatar is the Qatari Riyal and the official language is Arabic. To find out about Send My Bag’s shipping service to Qatar please read on:
Why Ship to Qatar?
Qatar is the perfect place for a luxury vacation, for a quick trip doing a bit of shopping and some sunbathing, for a business trip, or even to emigrate to if you’re fed up of life back home.
Known for its wealth and excellent shopping, you’re likely to end up with plenty of bags to take back home with you, packed full with all your purchases, in addition to everything else you brought across with you. Or perhaps you’re making a big move to Qatar and need to transport all your belongings there but are faced with huge baggage fees from your airline? Send My Bag is the answer to all these problems, and more.
If you just want to travel without luggage, to save money or hassle on your trip, we can come to your home and pick up your luggage and deliver it to wherever you want in Qatar. If you’re staying in the capital city of Doha, or in a quieter resort along the sea front, if you are staying in your own vacation home or apartment, or if you have booked into a hotel, we can get your luggage there for you. Our service is more affordable than the excess baggage charges you get landed with at the airports nowadays and is super easy to use.
If you are moving to Qatar to study, Send My Bag can send all the possessions you will need for your stay – books, writing materials, clothes and anything else that will make your student accommodation feel like home.
Ways of Shipping to Qatar
No matter the reason for your trip to Qatar, you will need to have some form of luggage with you. There are a number of options for transporting your luggage, some of which will be more suitable for you than others. Here are some of them below:
Send Luggage to Qatar
If you are only going to Qatar on vacation or if you are staying there for longer, you can ship your luggage with Send My Bag. You can pack everything you need and have it picked up from home and delivered to your accommodation in Qatar. This means you can fully enjoy your journey to Qatar knowing that your luggage is being taken care of and without the fear of excess baggage fees. To learn more about sending luggage to Qatar, visit our ‘How it works’ page, or our ‘FAQs’.
Send golf clubs to Qatar
The highest ranking golf course in Qatar is Doha Golf Club. You can try out this course while in Qatar using your own golf clubs if you ship them to Qatar with Send My Bag. On top of being able to use equipment that you are comfortable with, you can also avoid waiting around at bag drop or luggage carousels, or having to carry large golf bags onto public transport. See more information on how to send golf clubs with Send My Bag, including how to best package your golf clubs.
send your bike to Qatar
The flat terrain of Qatar makes it a good cycling destination. There is no need to rent a bike, however. Instead, you can send your bike to Qatar with Send My Bag. Why not explore Qatar by bike by sending your bike to your first hotel and having it collected from your final accommodation. Your bike needs to be taken apart and safely packaged up before being sent to Qatar. Check out our information on bike shipping to learn more.
Removals to Qatar
If you are moving to Qatar you will have to think about international removals to Qatar in order to move your possessions, too. Choose a reputable removal company and make sure that you package up all your items carefully so that they arrive in one piece. Use suitable packaging for your items and tape everything up well.
student shipping to Qatar
If you have chosen to study at one of Qatar’s higher or further education institutions, such as Qatar University, you can use Send My Bag to ship your belongings to your student accommodation each term, and back home again. This will allow you to bring enough of your possessions to make your student accommodation feel homely. Read more about student shipping on our student page and find out how to receive your student discount.
Sending a parcel to Qatar
It’s just as easy to send a parcel to Qatar as to send your luggage. Sending parcels is a great idea, especially if you need to send a smaller number of items. You can ask a friend or family member to send things to Qatar for you, or they could even use the service to send you gifts or care packages. When sending a parcel to Qatar make sure you pick a sturdy box and seal it up well so nothing gets damaged in transit. Read more about sending a parcel and find out what you can send with Send My Bag and how to package your items.
If you want to send more than parcels, baggage and luggage to Qatar, you could consider the following options for shipping items internationally, particularly if you need to send bulky items like a dining table or a couch:
Air Freight to Qatar
If you have items ‒ like a chest of drawers or a dresser ‒ that you need to send to Qatar, you could try air freight. You should normally allow one or two days for items to be flown to your destination. The service is quite quick, but it can be quite expensive, especially as you will likely have to pay for a customs agent to sort customs clearance for you. A further cost to consider is getting your items to and from the airport, which means the price of using air freight could quickly mount up. If you send internationally by air freight to Qatar your items will likely arrive at Doha International Airport.
Sea Freight and Container Shipping to Qatar
You can try sea freight or container shipping to ship large bulky items like a bed. Sea freight shipping can take a several weeks, but it’s usually a more cost-effective option, good for those who don’t need their items immediately. Keep in mind that you will still need to pay for the services of a customs agent and will need to organise transport for your items to and from the ports. When using container shipping to Qatar, your items will most likely arrive by ship at the Port of Doha.
Shipping Goods to Qatar
When shipping goods to Qatar it is essential that you find out about current customs rules. You should research any duty that you need to pay and what items are permitted to be shipped to Qatar, and which are not. Read the section below on ‘What can I send to Qatar? What items are restricted?’
Important Qatar Customs Information
Personal effects are duty free, provided the shipper intends to reside in Qatar, and the items are not intended for re-sale. Usually 2-3 working days clearance and there may be a 35 Qatari Rial inspection fee which is payable by the receiver upon delivery.
Copy of passport photograph page may be requested.
All printed materials (books, CDs, DVDs, and computer software) are subject to censorship, and must be packed together in an easily accessible location in the consignment. Items deemed inappropriate will be confiscated and fines levied on the importer.
General Customs Information
Sending personal effects only with Send My Bag is usually no problem, since most countries allow a good amount of personal items to cross their borders duty free. This means the majority of Send My Bag shipments are not stopped by customs. Personal effects are normally considered to be used items that have been in the sender’s possession for 6 months or more.
So that customs officials know that your shipment is personal effects only, you must create a short non-generic packing list online, to be completed as follows: "2 x Linen Jacket, 3 x Pairs of Leather Shoes, 5 x Pairs of Socks", etc., rather than as "10 x Used Clothing".
If brand new or commercial items are found in your shipment by Qatari customs, your shipment may be assessed for customs duties and taxes. If you are sending Christmas or birthday gifts to Qatar, please check with Qatari customs so you are aware of any customs duties that need to be paid, heed any advice given and provide all documentation required of you.
Because all customs processes and allowances are different, depending on the country, we advise travelers to take 5 minutes to see how their own circumstances and what they are sending will be viewed under current Qatari customs regulations.
Further information is available on our customs information page.
What can I send to Qatar? What items are restricted?
With Send My Bag™ you can travel with almost everything you would normally find in a vacation suitcase. For security and customs reasons, however, certain items are prohibited. Please find these listed below.
- Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
- Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type (including nail varnish and perfume);
- Toner Cartridges;
- Loose Batteries & Power Banks;
- No more than 1 device containing a battery in line with our battery policy;
- Animals and Animal products;
- Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations and toys of same);
- Flowers and plant products;
- Human remains or ashes;
- Medical samples;
- Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
- Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
- Religious Artefacts
- Foodstuffs, perishable, animal origin and controlled food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Fruit & vegetables, dairy products (including dried products containing dairy such as protein powder), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, wine, beer, spirits and champagne; or
- Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
- Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones and electrical equipment (low value electrical equipment is permitted but sent at the owner's risk);
- Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
- Credit cards;
- Passports or other confidential personal documentation;
- Irreplaceable items;
- Other Dangerous / hazardous goods;
- Counterfeit goods;
- Other illegal or restricted goods.
More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.
In addition to the above when sending to Qatar we prohibit the sending of:
- Gambling Devices.
- Plant Products.
- Playing Cards.
- Precious Metals & Stones.
Items excluded from cover
The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:
- Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Cell Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
- Glass & Porcelain.
- Any other non standard excess baggage items.
If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.
The climate in Qatar is subtropical with much of the country dry and desert-like. Summer temperatures between June and September can easily soar above 104°F and there is very little rainfall. The country is frequently buffered by the Shamal ‒ a hot, dusty wind that causes sandstorms. The coast is usually cooler, with a more pleasant breeze.
As one of the world’s richest countries, the wealthy flock to Qatar to see the sights and to be seen. Shopping is a popular past time for residents and tourists in the capital city, Doha, whether they are hitting up the sparkling new super malls or exploring the Souk markets and winding streets of the traditional old town.
Many tour companies in Qatar will offer trips to the “Inland Sea”, which means a day out exploring the rolling waves of the sand dunes in the south of the country. This can be as extreme and fast or bumpy as you like, so thrill seekers and families alike will enjoy this experience. There are also numerous beaches around the peninsula where you can spend a day or two on a more relaxing trip.
You may welcome the opportunity to spend some time inside, away from the blazing sun, however. Qatar has many attractions that will allow you to do so, including a range of museums, mosques and cultural centres to explore.