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Effective September 1, Qatar will enforce a new regulation preventing individuals with outstanding traffic fines from exiting the country, Wego reports. This directive is part of a comprehensive set of traffic rules introduced by the Ministry of Interior aimed at enhancing road safety and ensuring compliance with traffic laws.


The General Directorate of Traffic, an arm of Qatar’s Ministry of Interior, has detailed the procedures for obtaining vehicle exit permits and the mandatory payment of traffic fines before leaving the country. Brigadier Abdullah Khalifa Al Muftah, Director of the Public Relations Department at the Ministry of Interior, stated that from September 1, 2024, violators of traffic laws will not be permitted to exit Qatar via any border crossing—whether land, air, or sea—without first settling their fines. Payments can be made through the Metrash2 application, the Ministry of Interior’s website, traffic sections, or unified service centers.

In anticipation of this regulation, the Ministry has also introduced a temporary measure to encourage compliance. From June 1, 2024, to August 31, 2024, all vehicle owners will be offered a 50% discount on traffic fines. This discount applies to violations recorded within the last three years, providing an incentive for individuals to clear their outstanding fines before the ban takes effect.