Get ready for your trip to Qatar. Order your Qatari Riyals at Manor FX today. Our great exchange rates mean you'll have more QTR cash to spend. Have your Qatari Riyal banknotes delivered securely to your home or office, or pick them up from the Manor FX bureau near Heathrow.
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Travel advise: payments in Qatar
Jet off well-informed to Qatar. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in Qatar.
Yes. Most vendors in Qatar will be able to accept debit and credit cards payments. This is espcially the case for the international hotels, shopping malls and chain restaurants in Doha and Al Rayyan.
However, grocery stores, taxi drivers and vendors on Qatar's traditional market place Souq Waqif don't accept card payments.
If you are going to pay by card in Qatar: Be aware of steep currency conversion fees and bank fees for card payments: Your bank's QAR to GBP exchange rate may be quite bad. This is how banks make money. Before using your bank card for payments in the Middle East, it's certainly a good idea to contact your bank. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
You should ideally take some Qatari Riyal cash with you on your trip to Qatar. To enjoy the hustle and bustle of Qatar's traditional souq, 'Souq Waqif' a.k.a. 'the standing market' you'll need Qatari Riyal banknotes for all purchases.
Cash remains a popular and convenient payment method in Qatar. In addition, cash is a great fallback in case card payments aren't accepted or if they are declined.
Prices in Qatar are on average almost the same as prices in the UK: The cost of living in Qatar is 2% lower than the cost of living in the UK.
For a coffee in a cafe in Doha the price is around 18 riyals. For a three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant the bill will be around 100 riyals per person.
Tipping is not expected in Qatar. However if you want to leave a tip you can of course. In some restaurants a 10% service charge is added to the bill.
Banknotes in Qatar
The current set of banknotes in circulation in Qatar is the Fifth Issue, introduced in 2020. The banknotes of the Fourth Issue were taken out of circulation and are no longer legal tender.
The Fifth Issue banknotes in use in Qatar are 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 200 and 500 QAR.
Coins in Qatar
Qatari coins range from 1 dirham (0.01 QAR) to 50 dirhams (0.50 QAR). The dirham is the subunit of the riyal, with 100 dirhams in 1 riyal.
Qatar's currency import and export regulations
There are no restrictions on bringing currency into or out of Qatar. The only exception is Israeli Shekels, which are prohibited in Qatar.
Ordering Qatari Riyals online
Order Qatari Riyals online and have them delivered fast and securely to your home or office, with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to buy Qatari Riyals online.
Selling back Qatari Riyals
If you have Qatari Riyals to sell, follow this link to exchange Qatari Riyals to Pounds, click on 'sell currency' and select 'QTR Qatari Riyal'. We'll pay good rates for your leftover Qatari Riyals.