Getting an NBI Clearance from Qatar

I have been reading a lot of inquiries from fellow Kabayans from Qatar on how to secure for an NBI Clearance.  The NBI Clearance , usually referred here in Qatar as  Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)  is one of the required documents when you are applying for a Working Visa or Labor Card. So, please read below the guide that may help you in obtaining an NBI Clearance if you are already here in Qatar:

1.)  Go the Philippine Embassy in their new location at Street No. 860, Zone 68, Jelaiah Area, Doha, Qatar. Their trunkline number is(+974) 4483 1585.

2.) Embassy services for fingerprinting process of NBI Clearance applicants is only from 1pm – 3pm (the whole process may take you 30 to 45mins)

3.) Prepare and bring with you the following:

 2pcs- 2 x 2 photograph with white background (taken not more than 3 months) – be sure it is a 2×2 size, they would not accept passport size photos

 Copy of Passport

 QAR 100.00 fee

4.) After the fingerprinting process, the Embassy Representative will hand over to you the accomplished fingerprint form (stamped, signed and photo attached)

5.) You have to send the following documents to your representative in the Philippines along with the following:

fingerprinted form from Embassy (stamped, signed and photo attached)

Clear copy of your passport – 2 copies

 Signed authorization letter address to NBI for your representative (relative, friend, agency)

 Signed authorization letter address to DFA (for Red Ribbon /authentication) for your representative (relative, friend, agency)

 In addition, you may send copy of valid IDs with your signature just to be on the safe side

 Applicable fees (info below)

6.) Sending your documents to the Philippines through Q-post office would cost: QAR 55.00 for EMS (door to door delivery in approximate 4 days) or QAR 9.00 for registered mail (approx 2 weeks). Sending through DHL is far more expensive.

In the Philippines:

7.) Your representative in the Philippines need to bring the above requirements to the Main NBI Clearance office (NBI Clearance Building, U.N. Avenue, Ermita, Manila) for obtaining an NBI clearance (processing may be done in 1 day; cost- Php115 for travel abroad purpose)

Note: For more information and clarification, you may directly contact the NBI as follows:
– You can reach them at Telephone number 5261294 or at Trunkline 5238231 Local 5523, 5499 and 5502;
– Email them at;
– You can also text your questions regarding online application and GCash Payment at 0917-5638052.

8.) After obtaining the NBI Clearance, you shall proceed to the Department of Foreign Affairs Authentication Division to authenticate the document with red ribbon (processing fee Php100 for regular processing of 5 days and Php200 for rush processing of 2 days)

Note: DFA Authentication Division’s New Address is at DFA-OCA Building Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, Parañaque City

9.) Tell your representative to send back the NBI Clearance properly authenticated by DFA with red ribbon to your postal address in Qatar.  (Thru Philpost IEMS is again cheaper than DHL – approx PhP1,160+)

In Qatar:

10) You have to bring the documents back to the Philippine Embassy in Qatar for stamping and authentication (QAR100.00 fee)

11) Then go to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) close to the Corniche for attestation (QAR20 they only accept debit/credit cards)

And you’re done! Goodluck! 🙂


94 thoughts on “Getting an NBI Clearance from Qatar

    • Pwede po at any NBI Clearance Outlet. Please see below the list of NBI Clearance Outlets in Mindanao.
      Region IX
      Western Mindanao Reg Off Zamboanga City
      Dipolog District Office Dipolog City
      Pagadian District Office Pagadian City
      Region X
      Northeastern Mindanao Cagayan de Oro City
      Regional Office
      Iligan District Office Iligan City
      Region XI
      Southeastern Mindanao Davao City
      Regional Office
      Tagum District Office Tagum City
      Region XII
      Central Mindanao Koronadal City
      Regional Office
      Saranggani District Office General Santos City
      Region XIII
      CARAGA Butuan City
      Region XIV
      ARMM Cotabato

      • What about DFA? I have relatives who live in Dagupan City. If they obtain the NBI Clearance in Dagupan, do they need to travel to Manila to have it authenticated by the DFA?

      • Pampanga is the only nearest DFA Philippines Regional Consular Office to Dagupan City and here is their contact details.
        Officer-in-Charge (OIC): Mr. Arturo V. ROMUA
        Address: City Central Transport Terminal (CCTT) Lazatin Blvd., Corner Olongapo-Gapan Road, San Juan, San Fernando, Pampanga
        Telephone Number: (045) 455-2470; 455-2475
        Fax Number: (045) 961-6175
        Email Address:
        Email Address:

      • Thank you for your reply. Just an additional question, is it also possible to send the NBI clearance forms directly to the NBI? If so, how do I get it authenticated by the DFA?

      • If you mean you will send it directly by mail to NBI, yes it is possible but you have to shoulder the courier fees. They will send it directly to your address provided to them but without DFA Authentication. You or your representative have to do the DFA Authentication process.

    • Hello po…sa Cavite po kasi yung relative ko…saan ko po ba sya puede papuntahin na NBI outlet? para sa pagprocess ng NBI ko from Qatar? Kasi subrang layo daw yung Ermita from Cavite.

  1. I’m from Mindanao wala po akong relatives or friends in Manila..pwede po bang direct send ko nalang yung NBI ko dito(qatar) sa NBI sa Manila? At sila na magpa red ribbon sa DFA?

    • Hi Mimi, pwede nila i-mail sayo sa Qatar ang NBI Clearance mo upon sending of courier fees, pero hindi nila yon ipapa Red Ribbon kaya kailangan mo pa rin ng representative sa Pinas na pwede magdala ng NBI Clearance sa DFA.

  2. can i skip the part where i go to the philippine embassy in doha part for stamping and go to the MOI instead?or they won’t accept it?

      • allright,thanks for your reply.i actually need a police clearance from qatar, and the nbi clearane is one of their requirements.any advice on how to get it?like which office i should go to?

      • thanks again for your reply.i now have my nbi clearance and is back in if i understood it correctly, i have to bring the nbi(dfa authenticated) to the phil embassy for stamping, bring it to mofa for attestation, then go to moi to actually apply for the qatar police clearance?

      • ok,cool, there have been conflicting reports on where the mofa office is.some say it’s near the corniche but others say it’s in c-ring(mofa attestation office) which one should i go to?also, the moi office i can’t seem to have a clear direction as to where it is.please enlighten me on this matter.

      • It is on C Ring Road. If you’re going from Muntazah traffic signal towards Doha Cinema traffic signal, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Attestation office is on your right side, beside Audi cars showroom,approximately 200 meters before Doha Cinema traffic signal. Between Holiday villa signal and Doha cinema signal.
        Hope this helps!

      • kailangan ko po ng police clearance sa Qatar pero andto nko sa pilipinas ngaun nung proseso po ang pwde kng gawin?

  3. Hi, can you help me the process on how to obtain a labor card? as we all know almost every year, procedures keeps on changing..My company requires me only to have my school documents and nbi clearance attested by the Ministry of foreign affairs.i have now my school documents and nbi clearance authenticated by DFA Manila and both documents were translated already in Arabic. What’s next? Thank you.

    • Kathy, I have a post about requirements and processing of labor card. kindly read it as it has the full instruction and you may post your question there. Are you the one to process everything or your company PRO? There are of requirements that need to be provided by your employer plus an NOC from your husband in arabic.

    • It depends on your purpose for getting a Police Clearance, you may go by yourself to CEID to apply for Qatar Police Clearance. But in our case we only submit all the docs to our HR and the company do the rest.

  4. hello ma’am, may nbi npo ako kaso po hindi authenticated ng DFA, ang expiry po ay this coming august 15. ngayon po nirerequire kmi n magsubmit ng nbi para sa pagtransfer ng sponsorship, ang tanong ko po ay kung need q p po kumuha ng bagong nbi o hindi n po at ipaauthenticate q nlang po sa Pinas yung old Clearance ko po? salamat po ng marami ma’am.

    • check mo rin ang time constraints. kung nandito sa Qatar ang NBi mo tapos ipapadala mo sa pinas para ma-authenticate sa DFA then ibabalik mo dito at saka mo isa-submit sa office nyo, may pressure ka sa time. Paano kung babagal- bagal maglakad ng trasnfer of sponsorship ang office nyo? posibleng ma-expire ang NBI mo before matapos ang trasnfer process. Baka i-require ka rin ng MOI ng bagong NBI. But of course, pwede mo yan gamitin as long as it is still within the validity period.

      • Good Morning po Ma’am, may nkapagsabi po kz sa akin na once na authenticate npo ng DFA khiy mgexpire pa po xa valid pa din…? gaano po ito katotoo? maraming salamat po

      • I don’t think na totoo po yan. May nakalagay po na validity period sa bawat NBI Clearance na ini-issue sa atin which is 1 year from date of issuance.

      • Hello Ma’am Azon, ask q lang po ulet, Required po ba sa DFA Manila un Actual ID or pwede npo n copy lang ang ibigay dun sa mgpapaprocess? tahnks po in advance

  5. Good day po Ma’am Azon.. I need to get Police Report also before leaving Qatar for the purpose of (might be) moving to other country next year nbsa ko po need ipaaunthenticate sa DFA ung NBI ko as req. in getting police report here. tanong ko po tga Davao po ako pwed nba sa DFA davao ko na ipaauthenticate ung NBI ko? thanks in advance..

  6. thanks for ur reply ma’am. But told my boss yesterday that I need to get a police report before going home sabi nya I don’t need the NBI dw but I doubt it but I’ll give it a try tomorro. He oredered our PRO to bring me to CID to get my Police Report.

  7. Hello Ma’am Azon, ask q lang po ulet, Required po ba sa DFA Manila un Actual ID or pwede npo n copy lang ang ibigay dun sa mgpapaprocess? tahnks po in advance

  8. Hi good Evening .. ako po si Benjamin Ramos bago lang po ako sa Qatar, one my requirements sa Company na napasukan ko is POLICE CLEARANCE (Attested at Embassy & Ministry of Foreign Affairs) sa nabasa kong steps mentioned above itatanong ko lang po kung pwedeng mag utos like DHL na e-process laha lahat after ng accomplisment ng fingerprint form kasi po wala po sa family ko ang makakapunta sa manila para sa DFA.. and possible ba malaman kung mag kano lahat if ganun yung process..

    hintayin ko po ang reply nyo

  9. Hello po Ma’am,

    Thank you for the helpful information..

    Ask ko lang po is it needed NBI for the transfer of visa/changing of sponsor?

    Thank you so much in advance..

  10. hello po. meron na po akong old NBI taken last Dec 2010 & authenticated also by DFA, stamped by MOFA & all. Sa bago ko pong work, kailangan ko po itong i-renew ulit. Puede ko na po bang i-send ito sa Pil & renew it thru my relatives na hindi na dadaan pa sa Phil Embassy Qatar? I understand na ung pagpa-fingerprint at form na manggagaling sa embassy ay para lang sa new applicant? kung meron na pong luma, renewal na lang, same old process na ginawa ko last 2010. Ang passport ko po ay kasalukuyan ding for renewal. Ayon sa mga nabasa kong NBI for renewal abroad, kailangan pong mag-attach ng passport photocopy with the date stamped proving my residency abroad. Paki-explain naman po kung anong ibig sabihin nito.Ito po ba ang residence/visa permit ko na nasa passport which is valid until 2015. I am here in Qatar with my family, under the sponsorship of my husband & have not left Qatar since 2009. kailangan ko na po kasi for my new job. thanks.

    • Sa pagkakaalam ko po ay kailangan mo pa rin na mag-fingerprint sa ating Embassy. Kung expired ang passport mo, Attached ka na lang ng copy ng extension na ini-issue din ng Embassy.

      • Thanks po Ma’am Azon sa pag-reply. Actually po, ganun nga po ang ginawa ko kanina sa embassy. Nag file po ako ng extension ng passport at makukuha ko na po bukas din, Praise be to God! Kaya’t puede na po akong magfile ng new NBI agad-agad bukas. Maraming salamat po ulit sa advice ninyo… More power!

  11. Imagine, stamping & authentication sa Phil Embassy QAR100; samantalang MOFA attestation QAR 20 lang.. Wala bang pag-asa ang Phil Embassy magbaba ng presyo nila? Sa Pilipinas 100 pesos ang NBI attestation, Kung tutuusin QAR10 ang katumbas sa Qatariyals. O pagpalagay na nating QAR20 na lang.. ang laking tulong din sana sa mga OFWs kung magbababa sila ng presyo. Consider mo pa pamasahe papunta sa Phil Embassy Qatar.

    Maski yung E-passport application at renewal QAR240 each.. okay granting E-passport application is QAR240, pero sana kung renewal, mas mababa naman sa 240… Sobrang mahal naman po.. Hindi naman po lahat ng OFW malalaki ang sahod. Just a thought…

  12. Hello Azon,,, really impressed on your genuine urge to help others… Please keep it up. Lucky i see this blog on time, as i just got offer in Doha 3 days ago… Most of the requirements are settled like UAE police clearnce, Medical Cert, Birth certs, marriage certs, etc. (I am working here in UAE now)… My biggest hurdle so far are the diploma/TOR and the NBI clearance.

    On the Diploma, i already have the Red-ribbon authenticated earlier in 2009 by UAE, and when i tried Qatar Embassy here today, they do not provide attestation for Diploma/TOR. So i was left with 2 options (1a) Send the original documents in Manila and start all over again from School, Decs, DFA then Qatar embassy in Manila who apparently do not accept diploma/TOR authenticated more than 1 year (mine is 2009), or (1b) Authenticate first here in UAE at Phil embassy (which i just did this morning), that takes 5 days to process and then send straight into Qatar embassy in Manila since now the date on red-ribbon is re-freshed. OR, (2) according to Qatar embassy here in UAE, to send my red-ribbon diploma/TOR in UAE Embassy in Doha (i do not know if i got this right, or the officer is referring to Phil Embassy in Doha) for authentication, then send thereafter to Qatar DOFA… Please advise if this 2nd option is correct? And will it be faster? I worry the embassy process there in Doha will also take 5 days then i might as well send to Manila to make sure…

    On the NBI, i am doing it here 2morrow even though I was not asked by my prospect employer. I have a friend who was employed by same company and only did the UAE police clearance which takes only 4 days to process including Qatar embassy attestation. Will this suffice? If I do NBI it will take at least 14 days since, UAE already 1+3 days, then NBI in Manila, then DFA then Qatar embassy in Manila… Hope you can assist if the UAE police clearance will suffice?

    Thanks in advance and pls keep it up…

    • Sensya naka mobile ako but i feel your need for a reply. If need mi ang new red ribbon ng diploma, just go straight sa dfa sa pinas and show the old red ribbon and they will replace it with new one. May rush service sila na 2 dats yata. But your old red ribbon should be ok try to phone our embassy here in qatar and if they will stamp it whixh they should iaacept na ng mofa djto yan. May kikala ko na galinf dubai at ganyan ginawa. Sa nbi d ki sure kung pwede ang uae clearance . Pero s embassy dito 1 day lang fingerprint ma send mo na sa pinas. 1 day sa nbi pinas plus 2 or 3 days sa dfa.

      • Thanks a lot Azon,,, i will call Phil Embassy in Doha 2morrow, then maybe pull out my file here in UAE embassy… That will shorten the process by at least 7 days as compared to Manila…

        For NBI i will have to settle here in UAE, and also the UAE police clearance, i’ll do both just in case. I do have a friend in Doha i’ve spoken to this morning and was able to use the UAE police clearance, he did not have the NBI clearance, but i will do it nonetheless and maybe submit it a week later than the UAE clearance…sort of buy me time.

        Again, my sincere gratitude for you kind advice… Mabuhay kabayan!!!

      • Good luck to you, Mohamed! And one more thing, we never had any of our documents attested by Qatar Embassy in Manila and I always wonder why others do. Once the docs have its “Red Ribbon” from our DFA in Manila, we send them here, have it attested by our Philippine Embassy here then have it stamped at MOFA and it is done and acceptable to MOI. We only go to Qatar Embassy in Manila for Visa Stamping and no more.

    • Hi… sorry i did not see your last blog and i actually sent back my package to manila arrive there today… after i ask qatar embassy they are accepting diploma there… in case they dont… do you know any agent i can call in doha to process my diploma at phil embassy n mofa or a friend maybe for a fee? Appreciate your help.

      • I called again qatar embassy in manila n they are accepting attestation of diploma… but in case, pls advise contacts in doha (agent)… thanks

  13. I would like to share my recent experience on getting an NBI through my relatives in Mla while I’m here in Doha. The NBI website mentioned that getting an NBI will take only 1 day if no “hit”, and 8 days if with “hit”. When my relative sent my NBI application, (which I had taken the form from Phil Embassy Qatar), the clerk said that it will be released after 8 days. He even told my father that if he wanted to get it right away, there are fixers outside for a cost of 1,500 pesos. To my surprise, when their website is mentioning 1 day processing, NBI Mla is releasing it for 8 days & suggesting fixers for rush processing. It was horrible. And so, I contacted a school batchmate who is a police captain & asked for his assistance When they came back the next day, my clearance was released (sigh!), dfa authentication took 1 day also, and DHL courier took 3 days maximum. In getting your NBI, it is best to send the old one to be used as reference. Huwag po kayong magpadala sa sasabihin ng clerk ng NBI Mla sa mga fixers sa labas. Dapat talaga 1 day processing lang yan as per their website advisory. Dahil nakikita nila ang address ay abroad, they will try to convince you to acquire services from their “fixers” outside. After the red tibbon, I have told my relatives to send it here & had it authenticated to Phil Emb Doha, then to MOFA, mas mabilis at mas mura pa. Thanks po.

  14. Hi po,

    magtatanong lang kung kailangan ko pa ulit kumuha ng NBI form sa Philippine embassy sa pag re renew? Kaka expired lang po kasi ng NBI clearance ko isuued last April 24, 2012.
    Personal copy na akin pa rin at need ko lng i renew and pa red ribbon ulit.

    Thanks po

  15. Hi mam azon kailangan po bang sa nbi mla at dfa mla ang pg process ng nbi clearance ko at red ribbon.Taga pampanga lng po ako salamat.

    • Kung nasa Pampanga ka, pwede kang kumuha ng NBi sa NBI Central Luzon Reg Office San Fernando, Pampanga, pwede ka rin naman pumunta ng Manila kung gusto mo. DFA authetication naman ay pwede sa Head Office ng DFA or kahit saang DFA sattelite offices like SM Megamall or Robinsons Starmills in San Fernando, Pampanga.

  16. hi Azon,

    i hope you can help me figuring this one out. I just received my NBI red ribbon sa Philippines, but instead of EMPLOYMENT abroad ang nakalagay ay travel abroad. Is that going to be a problem? I clearly wrote employment pero alam mo naman sa philppines. help please.

  17. thank you so much azon for your prompt reply! didnt expect na mgrreply and mbilis kang mgreply. last question. need ba ng phil. embassy (attest red ribbon nbi) ng id or passport? or yung nbi form lang? I need to go to embassy tomorrow pero i dont have my passport with me right now.

  18. hi Ma’am Azon,

    Currently nasa Doha po ako.

    Yong NBI ko po Dec 2013 pinadala ko sa representative ko sa phil. para ipa red ribbon sa Manila DFA. Ang NBI ko po ay vaild until March 2014.

    Nung nandun na po sa DFA yong representative ko at pinakita yong NBI ko. Hindi po tinanggap kasi daw last year pa daw nakuha yong NBI ko at SOP daw nila na 6 months before ang ina-accept nila para sa red ribbon.

    Bakit may SOP sila?
    Useless po ba yong validity ng NBI ko since sa March 2014 pa ang expiration?

    Pa tulong naman po. Paanu ko na mapa pa red ribbon ang NBI ko?

    Maraming salamat po in advance!

    • kailangan po talaga na may validity of at least 6 months ang anumang dokumento (like MBI Clearance) kapag ipapa-authenticate sa DF (Red Ribbon). Dpat po talaga pagkakuha pa lang ng NBI Clearance ay ipa-red ribbon na kaagad.

      • madam..azon patulong naman po ano po mga requeriments pag kukuha ka po nang police clearance sa qatar… nan dito na po ako sa pilipinas.ei hnd na po ako babalik dun… kung luluwas po ako sa manila baka wala ren pong mangyari taga la union po ako .salamat po

      • Hi Erwin,

        I believe you can apply for Qatar Police Clearance thru Qatar Embassy in the Philippines and they will require the ff:

        Request letter stating the purpose and the dates you have stayed in Qatar
        4 pcs 2×2 pictures
        Authenticated Finger Prints (DFA)
        NBI Clearance
        Photocopies of old & new Passport w/ Qatar arrival and landing

        You may also want to contact Qatar Embassy before your travel to Manila:

        Qatar Embassy Manila, Philippines
        2nd Floor, One World Building No. 10 Upper McKinley Road,
        McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
        Telephone: 856-6666/ 856-1222/ 856-1444*
        856-1999/ 856-2444*

      • Mam yung sken nov.2016 na issue so expiration nia is nov.2017..pde q po ba pa red ribbon yun dis may 2017?

  19. madam..azon patulong naman po ano po mga requeriments pag kukuha ka po nang police clearance sa qatar… nan dito na po ako sa pilipinas.ei hnd na po ako babalik dun… kung luluwas po ako sa manila baka wala ren pong mangyari taga la union po ako .salamat po

  20. madam..ung Request letter stating the purpose and the dates in Qatar.un po ba ung pastprt ko po. Authenticated Finger Prints (DFA)
    NBI Clearance to po ba ung ppa redrebbon ko po………..

  21. Good Afternoon Madam Azon, meron po akong original copy ng NBI clearance ko at authenticated ito ng DFA sa atin bago ako magpunta dito sa Qatar last December 2012 at may validity po ito ng one year. Dahil po ay nagsara po yung pinagtatrabahunan ko dito sa Qatar ay naghanap ulit ako ng bago kaso nagrerequire po ng bagong NBI Clearance pwede ko na lang po bang ipa-update ang date ng luma kong Authenticated NBI Clearance sa Philippine Embassy since hindi po naman ako nakakauwi ng Pinas buhatng kinuha ko iyon?

  22. hi Maam Azon, kumusta na po kayo…ano po latest requirement/s at procedures para po makakuha ng Police Clearance Certificate o PCC? Meron na po bang form thru Inet para mas madali…Urgent kasi at gagamiting ko pang transfer sa ibang company. Need na nila ngayon. Thank u po

  23. Hello po good day po! Galing po ako sa qatar, nandito na po ako ngayon sa australia kylangan ko po ang police clearance po ng qatar para po sa PR, any idea po kng pa ano maka kuha? Thanks in advance sa reply!!! God bless po!!!

  24. Yong kaibigan ko po matagal ng nagrequest ng nbi nya from qatar hanggang ngayon hnd pa po dumating pls. Help kng ano ang dapat gawin

    • Hi Ms. Marjorie, ask ko na din po kung nag ooperate pa ba ang DHL natin sa pinas para mag pa red ribbon ng NBI, may idea ka ba, para di na pumila sa DFA

  25. Good Day! Magtatanong lng po sana ako. Andito ako ngayon sa Qatar, nagtransfer ako ng work, eh ngayon ang bagong company na pinasukan ko eh humihingi ng Police Clearance Certificate for changing my sponsorship. Tapos, tumawag ako sa Phil. Embassy at nagtanong, according to them d daw sila nag iissue ng Police Clearance Certificate instead NBI daw. Ok lng kaya na ung NBI ang ipasa ko? Please advise..Thanks and God Bles

  26. Hi Azon,

    This is such an informative post for all Filipinos. I would just like to introduce our service in the Philippines which caters Filipinos abroad to process NBI clearance (with red ribbon) and other documents (NSO, PRC, etc.). We have been serving Filipinos in Qatar since last year and response has been so good. An applicant has to just give us the application form and copy of passport and authorization letters and we can process the document in the Philippines. It will only cost 300 QAR including the shipment and charges. The process only takes 2 weeks (max 3 weeks).

    Thanks again and more power to your blog.


  27. Miss azon ask q LNG po nag patulong po AQ sa kaibigan KO na NASA Qatar. Nagfile po.say last feb12,2015 till now d pa po released. Runaway po AQ last year ng march nkauwi po AQ april2014 anu po kya problems bkit till now d marelease ang PCC KO.

  28. Pwd po bang ribbon o notario Ang passport visa na photocopy dito sa qatar?kun pwd, San po pwd mag issue po at ano requirements?

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