Last updated 13 July 2021
In response to the dynamic COVID-19 situation in many parts of the world, Qatar has recently modified its entry requirements by grouping countries into green, yellow, and red. Vaccination status will be also a major factor in quarantine and testing treatment.
Read on to find out if your country is included in Qatar’s green list.
Qatar color-coded categories
Travellers and returnees to Qatar from green, yellow, and red list countries will be subjected to different quarantine and testing requirements (more on this below).
Qatar green list
Travellers from countries on Qatar’s green list will enjoy more quarantine and testing exemptions. Vaccinated travellers may even do away with all restrictions. As of July, the countries on the list are as follows:
- Brunei Darussalam
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- South Korea
Qatar yellow list
As of July, there’s more than 80 countries on Qatar’s yellow list, including Thailand, Portugal, Denmark, Egypt, US, UAE and more. The whole list can be accessed here.
Qatar red list
While not strictly a ban, travellers from countries on Qatar’s red list will be subjected to more stringent testing and quarantine procedures. Countries on this list include Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, Russia, and more. The whole list can be accessed here.
Qatar entry regulations
All passengers (including citizens, residents, and GCC residents) entering Qatar, regardless of age or vaccination status, must have a pre-travel COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of arrival in Qatar taken at an approved center.
They must also register on www.ehteraz.gov.qa at least 12 hours before travel and download the required documents.
Unvaccinated travellers and returnees from yellow and red list countries must pre-book a Qatar hotel quarantine package through the “Discover Qatar” site (7 days for yellow list, 10 days for red list).
All transit passengers traveling through Qatar must also present a pre-travel PCR test certificate valid for 72 hours from arrival.
Qatar quarantine and testing regulations
For vaccinated travellers
All fully-vaccinated travellers regardless of point of departure are exempt from quarantine in Qatar, provided the vaccine they got is among the list of approved vaccines in Qatar:
- Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
- Moderna (Spikefax)
- AstraZeneca (Coveshield/Oxford/Vaxepheria)
- Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (only one dose)
Vaccinated passengers will undergo antibody test upon arrival, if the result is positive, they will be exempt from the quarantine requirements; if the result is negative, the passenger will be required to do PCR test upon arrival and must undergo quarantine based on the classification of the departure country.
Vaccinated passengers from red countries will undergo a PCR test (at the passenger’s expense) upon arrival. If the test result is positive, the passenger must comply with the isolation protocol.
For unvaccinated travellers
According to the official guide, “unvaccinated” may mean the passengers have not been vaccinated at all, or partially vaccinated (1 out of 2 doses), or have not completed a period of 14 days from the date of the second dose, or those vaccinated with unapproved vaccines in Qatar.
- From green countries: 5 days home quarantine and a RT-PCR test in PHCC on day 4. If the test is negative, you will be discharged on day 5.
- From yellow countries: 7 days hotel quarantine and a RT-PCR test (on traveler’s expense) in the hotel on day 6. If the test is negative, you will be discharged on day 7.
- From red countries: 10 days hotel quarantine and a RT-PCR test (on traveler’s expense) in the hotel on day 9. If the test is negative, you will be discharged on day 10.