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Updated 23 August 2021

If you’re currently residing in Qatar and are itching to travel, you’ll be glad to know that international travel is once again on the table.

Per the official Government Communications Office’s official website, Qatari citizens and their family along with permanent residency holders can now travel outside the country and return at any time. 

We’ve perused through the list provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) outlining all the countries opening their borders to international visitors with no restrictions in place for Qatari travellers. Please note that some of the following countries may require travellers to be fully vaccinated

Note: The following information is accurate as of the time of writing and to the best of our knowledge, but do keep in mind that this list will almost certainly be subject to change as new developments unfold. If you are planning to travel to any of these destinations, please ensure that you are aware of the safety risks and you’ve prepared accordingly.

Europe

Just in time for the summer months, all 27 member countries of the EU have recently agreed on a plan to reopen their borders for vaccinated travellers as well as travellers from countries that are deemed successful in mitigating the COVID pandemic. 

But for the time being, the following European countries are the only ones open for Qatari residents.

Germany

From 25 June, the GNTB has confirmed that international tourism will resume allowing vaccinated travellers from countries outside the EU to travel to Germany for business and leisure purposes. This includes Qatar and the rest of the GCC countries. 

Vaccinated travellers will be able to enter Germany under existing visa regulations and are required to register at www.einreiseanmeldung.de prior to departing. Regstration also includes uploading proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The vaccines are Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. A period of at least 14 days must have elapsed since receiving the last vaccine dose.

However, entry from countries and territories deemed as virus variant areas will still not be possible. Travellers must also print out their proof of vaccination and carry it with them on their travels.

Other European countries

Entry to the following countries does not involve quarantine, but requirements may vary:

  • Albania. Arriving passengers are not required to obtain a negative COVID test to enter Albania. However, quarantine may apply in specific cases when ordered by health authorities.
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina is open to all international travellers who are in possession of a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before arrival. No quarantine measures are applied.
  • Cyprus. Fully vaccinated travellers from more than 60 countries including Qatar are welcome. Additional requirements include a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken at most 72 hours before departure and an additional test upon arrival to which Qatari travellers must remain in isolation until the test results have been known.
  • Estonia. One of the pioneering countries of the travel bubble is now open for all tourists who have been vaccinated. The country recognizes all vaccines produced by the nine worldwide producers and not just the ones authorized by the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna).
  • Greece. The country allows arrivals from many countries to enjoy quarantine-free visits with or without vaccination. Arrivals must fill out the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) no later than 23:59 (11.59 PM) of the day before arriving in Greece.
  • Kosovo. Travellers must have a negative RT-PCR test certificate for COVID-19 done in the last 72 hours. Quarantine is mandated only if you don’t carry the certificate.
  • Russia.  Passengers entering the Federation must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival.
  • Serbia. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before arrival. Quarantine is mandated only if you don’t carry the result.
  • Switzerland. From 28 June, fully vaccinated travellers from Qatar will be able to enter Switzerland without any quarantine and pre-testing measures. They must have received vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or one of the vaccines included in the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing. These include the Pfizer BioNTech, Sinopharm and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines.
  • Turkey. As long as travellers meet the Turkish immigration rules, they can fly to Turkey from any nation with the current exceptions of Brazil and South Africa. Passengers who in the past 10 days have been in Brazil, India, or South Africa are subject to a 14-day quarantine.

 

Africa and the Middle East

Following the signing of the historic peace accord at the GCC summit at Al Ula, Qatar is set to mend relations with a number of GCC countries. Specifically, the end of the boycott signifies the renewal of travel and trade relations between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

United Arab Emirates

The mending of relations between Qatar and the UAE has allowed tourists from Qatar to visit Dubai. All passengers arriving from Qatar must hold a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. 

Qatari travellers are required to take the on-arrival test and must then remain in quarantine until the results of the test have been known. Those testing negative for the coronavirus will not be required to serve quarantine.

Entry to the following countries does not involve quarantine, but requirements may vary:

  • Cape Verde.  A negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) antigen or RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point is required. No quarantine required.
  • Djibouti. Quarantine not required if the COVID test result returns negative.
  • Ethiopia. Quarantine required for Passengers without negative COVID-19 RT-PCR certificate.
  • Ghana. Quarantine not required if the COVID test result returns negative.
  • Ghana. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before departure, and will be subject to a second test on arrival. If confirmed negative, quarantine is not needed.
  • Jordan. Passengers entering Jordan must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 120 hours before arrival.
  • Kenya. Quarantine not required if the COVID test result returns negative.
  • Morocco. Open to travellers from some destinations which includes Qatar. Arrivals are required to have a confirmed hotel reservation and a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours. Qatari travellers are subject to medical screening and a COVID-19 rapid test upon arrival.
  • Mozambique. Quarantine not required when presenting a valid negative test result.
  • Somalia. Must present a negative COVID test and will be quarantined if showing symptoms.
  • Tanzania. Arriving passengers from Qatar are not required to obtain a negative COVID test to enter Tanzania unless exhibiting symptoms.
  • Togo. Quarantine not required if COVID test result returns negative.
  • Uganda. Travelers showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested upon arrival and required to quarantine until results are in.
  • Zambia. Must present a negative COVID test and will be quarantined if showing symptoms. 

 

Asia, Oceania and the South Pacific

The Maldives

The paradise that is the Maldives is opening its borders to tourists from Qatar and the world. No quarantine requirement is necessary as long as travellers are in possession of a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.

Additionally, The Maldives is planning on launching its “vaxication” program in a bid to boost tourism. The program, dubbed the ‘3V’, will not go ahead until the entirety of the country’s 550,000 population has been fully vaccinated. The 3V program will allow tourists to ‘Visit, Vaccinate and Vacation.’ The Maldives is planning to offer visitors two doses of the vaccine which means that visitors would have to remain in the country for at least several weeks.

Entry to the following countries does not involve quarantine, but requirements may vary:

  • Thailand (Phuket). Travellers travelling to Phuket with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival will not be subjected to quarantine. 
  • Sri Lanka. Testing requirements are reduced, and they are free to leave Sri Lanka’s “bio-bubble” — which is designed to prevent tourists from mingling with locals. 

 

North, Central and South America

Nicaragua

A warm country, Nicaragua regularly seduces travellers with its volcanic landscapes, its colonial architecture, its breathtaking beaches and its magnificent virgin forests. If you’re looking to soak your feet in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea or take on the powerful waves of the Pacific, Nicaragua’s beaches will always have something to satisfy you.

A negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) is required for entry into Nicaragua. The test must have been taken at most 96 hours before arrival.

Entry to the following countries does not involve quarantine, but requirements may vary:

  • Belize. A PCR test is recommended. If you aren’t carrying one, you will be tested at the airport and stay in isolation until results arrive. Only if you test positive, you will need to quarantine for 14 days there itself.
  • Colombia. Arriving passengers are required to obtain a negative COVID test to enter Colombia taken at most 96 hours before departure.
  • Ecuador. Quarantine for 10 days required for all travellers without covid-19 test results.
  • Honduras. Quarantine is required for travelers who have been in the UK or South Africa. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. Tests accepted are: antigen, rapid antibody and RT-PCR.
  • Mexico. Arriving passengers are not required to obtain a negative COVID test to enter Mexico. However, travellers may be subject to health screenings at the airport and those presenting symptoms of COVID-19 may be subject to additional health checks and/or quarantine.
  • Panama. Entry requires negative COVID test results taken within 48 hours before arrival. If arriving with a positive result, you will be required to quarantine for 7 days and take another test. A second positive result will require additional 7 days of quarantine.
  • The USA. Passengers entering or transiting through the USA must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 3 days before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are: antigen, NAAT, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR or TMA.

 

The Caribbean

Aruba

We all dream of going to Aruba; its beautiful corals, its riveting local culture and its mystifying mangroves away from the big hotels and their organized tours. Getting lost in the intoxicating rhythm of the Caribbean is the very definition of a rejuvenating getaway. 

A completed Health Assessment form must be submitted on www.edcardaruba.aw at most 72 hours before departure. A travel authorization must be presented at time of check-in. Passengers with a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result (Molecular SARS-CoV-2 test based on a nasal swab) issued at most 72 hours before departure must upload the test at www.edcardaruba.aw at most 12 hours before departure.

Passengers must have health insurance purchased before departure.

Entry to the following countries does not involve quarantine, but requirements may vary:

  • Antigua and Barbuda. A health declaration form will have to be filled by all passengers on incoming flights. Negative COVID-19 report mandatory to carry for entry, the test being no older than 7 days before the flight
  • Dominican Republic. No restrictions like PCR test certificates or mandatory quarantine. Passengers must complete an “Electronic Ticket” at https://eticket.migracion.gob.do/ , this will generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival.
  • Turks and Caicos. All tourists must register on TCI Assured Travel Authorization Portal, possess a negative COVID-19 test taken no earlier than 5 days of departure and have travel or health insurance that covers the cost of COVID-19 treatment.