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STPC Policy Summary

**NOTE: Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, STPC is currently Prohibited, please refer to Travel & Entry Requirements for more information)**

Stopover For the Purpose of Connection (STPC) is a facility provided by Qatar Airways for passengers who do not have an “immediate” connection available between Qatar Airways to Qatar Airways flights on the date of departure from Origin.

An “Immediate Connection” is defined as a connection with duration of less than 8 hours between the scheduled time of Arrival (STA) and the Scheduled Time of Onward Departure (STD) at Doha. This may include the entire journey to be on the same date of departure from origin or it may also include a midnight transition within the given 8 hours resulting in just the onward connection at Doha to be seen on the next corresponding date.

Implementation :

The STPC Policy is applicable for all tickets issued for travel on or after 17th  September 2017.


  • The policy is applicable for STPC facility to be used at Doha.
  • The policy applies to tickets purchased at market fare / IATA published fare.
  • The policy applies to self-serviced bookings done via qatarairways.com.

STPC Disclaimer

Confirmation of Hotel at Doha does not guarantee an entry into the State of Qatar. This is entirely at the discretion of Doha Immigration authority. In the event of refusal by Doha Immigration, Qatar Airways will not be held responsible and STPC e-tickets will not be refunded in such situations.

Hotel Eligibility as per Class of Travel

The following table discusses the eligibility criteria for hotel types:

Class of Travel 

Eligible Hotel Type

First Class

5 Star

Business Class

5 Star and 4 Star

First preference will be a 5 Star hotel but in case of non-availability of rooms the passenger may be accommodated in a 4 Star hotel.

Economy Class 

3 Star

First preference will be a 3 Star hotel but in case of non-availability of rooms the passenger may be accommodated in 4 Star hotel. Only in cases where rooms are not available in 4 star hotel then passenger may be accommodated in a 5 Star hotel.

Mixed Cabin Itinerary 

5 Star

If a passenger has a premium cabin booking on either the arrival flight at Doha or departure flight ex-Doha, then the accommodation will be in a 5 Star hotel. Please refer Annexure-1 for more details regarding collection of STPC charges for such cases.

Economy Class passengers will not be provided with the hotel names in the STPC booking confirmations. However, the Premium Class passengers will continue to be provided with the hotel name in STPC confirmations. 

For Non Pre-booked STPC and Disrupted passengers, the room allocation and the selection of hotel is done at Doha Airport upon arrival of the passengers. This is done in accordance with the hotel eligibility criteria given above.


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