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Updated 13 January 2022

Following the outbreak of the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, strict quarantine protocols have become an important post-travel procedure worldwide. Keeping in trend with current restrictions all over the world, Qatar has also put forth necessary quarantine rules for incoming travellers upon arrival. 

Here is a complete guide of the latest quarantine rules being implemented for international visitors and returning residents upon arrival in Qatar.

General entry requirements

All arrivals to Qatar, be they citizens, residents and visitors, must take a PCR test at an accredited medical centre in the country of departure within 72 hours before arrival in Qatar. The test result must be negative for gaining entry to Qatar.

Travellers should download the Ehteraz mobile application and activate it on their mobile phones using a local or international SIM card.

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Non-residents are required to register via the pre-registration platform to be able to upload all relevant documents such as PCR test results, vaccine certificates and other relevant documents at least 3 days before arrival. Citizens and residents of Qatar are encouraged but not required to pre-register. Although pre-registration is optional for citizens and residents of Qatar, the Ministry of Public Health recommends that all individuals entering Qatar pre-register to ensure the best experience upon arrival in Qatar.

Additionally, PCR test result is no longer required during the electronic pre-registration process. Instead, travellers must present the original copy of the PCR test result to the airlines in order to allow them to board the plane, or at the country’s ports (land and sea). Note that the Ministry of Public Health has the right to conduct random examinations of travellers upon arrival in a country Qatar through its air, land and seaports.

 

Vaccination criteria

Below is a list of approved and conditionally approved vaccines by the Ministry of Public Health.

Approved vaccines:

  • Pfizer / BioNTech (Comirnaty) – Two Doses
  • Moderna (SpikeVax) – Two Doses
  • AstraZeneca (Covishield / Oxford / Vaxzevria ) – Two Doses
  • Jansen / Johnson & Johnson (only one dose)

Conditionally approved vaccines:

  • Sinopharm vaccine  – Two Doses
  • Sinovac  – Two Doses
  • Sputnik V  – Two Doses
  • Covaxin – Two Doses

People who have received two doses of a conditionally approved vaccine followed by one dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and after 14 days from the last dose will be considered fully immune.

Travellers who are fully immunized outside Qatar with a vaccine approved by the Ministry of Public Health of Qatar are required to submit the original vaccine certificate and other supporting documents written in Arabic or English proving that they have obtained the vaccine, as follows:

  1. The name of the traveller must be identical to that on the passport.
  2. Dose dates by vaccine type (one dose for Jansen vaccine and two doses for other vaccines).
  3. Type/name of vaccine.
  4. The serial number of the vaccine batch (if any).

 

Quarantine rules

As per the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), countries have been assigned quarantine requirements based on the COVID-19 risk levels.

The Qatari government has classified countries into green, red, and exceptional red countries. Arrivals from each category are subject to distinct on-arrival quarantine rules. What’s more, travellers are further classified according to their vaccination status. 

Please note that if you are assigned home quarantine, accommodation conditions must be appropriate. If the property does not comply with the requirements mentioned in the undertaking, you must book the hotel quarantine package through Discover Qatar’s website before travelling to Qatar.

Green list countries

Qatar has updated its latest green list to include 143 countries. You can find a complete series of the Green List Countries on the Qatar Ministry of Public Health official website. Note that fully vaccinated travellers arriving from green list countries will not be subjected to quarantine.

Citizens and residents

Fully-vaccinated arrivals

  • Qatari citizens residents who are fully vaccinated will be exempt from the seven-day quarantine and are exempted from the requirement of a negative PCR result within 72 hours before arrival to Qatar.
  • Citizens with a conditionally certified vaccine must perform a Serology Antibody test before arriving in Qatar and if the passenger is unable to take the test in the country of departure, the passenger must undergo home quarantine for 7 days.
  • Will be required to conduct a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) within 36 hours of arrival in Qatar. Children aged 3 years and below accompanying one or both parents who are fully vaccinated are exempt.

Unvaccinated arrivals

  • They will have to undergo a PCR test with a negative result 72 hours before arrival to Qatar (all age groups).
  • Will be subject to home quarantine for seven days upon arrival in the country.
  • Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) is required on the seventh day of quarantine and the individual will be released on the seventh day if the result of the COVID-19 test is negative.

GCC citizens

Fully-vaccinated arrivals

  • They will have to undergo a PCR test with a negative result within 72 hours before arrival to Qatar (all age groups).
  • Children aged 3 years and below accompanying one or both parents who are fully vaccinated are exempt from this requirement.

Unvaccinated arrivals

  • They will have to undergo a PCR test with a negative result within 72 hours before arrival to Qatar (all age groups).
  • Will be subject to hotel quarantine for seven days upon arrival in the country. GCC citizens (non-residents) coming to stay with first-degree relatives residing in Qatar (on the condition that they provide proof of the relationship and national address data), will, however, be subject to home quarantine for seven days, upon arrival in the country.
  • Rapid Antigen Test is required on the seventh day of quarantine and the individual will be released on the seventh day if the result of the COVID-19 test is negative.

Visitors to Qatar with pre-approved and on-arrival visas

Fully-vaccinated arrivals

  • They will have to undergo a PCR test with a negative result within 72 hours before arrival to Qatar (all age groups).
  • Children aged 3 years and below accompanying one or both parents who are fully vaccinated are exempt from this requirement.

Unvaccinated arrivals

  • They will have to undergo a PCR test with a negative result within 72 hours before arrival to Qatar (all age groups).
  • Will be subject to hotel quarantine for seven days upon arrival in the country. Travellers with pre-issued family visas to visit one of their first-degree relatives residing in Qatar (on the condition that they provide proof of the relationship and national address data), will, however, be subject to home quarantine for seven days, upon arrival in the country.
  • Rapid Antigen Test is required on the seventh​ day of quarantine and the individual will be released on the seventh day if the result of the COVID-19 test is negative.

 

Red list countries

There are 57 countries on Qatar’s red list including Austria, Estonia, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, and more. Here are the prevailing quarantine rules, and more for red list countries.

Citizens and residents

Fully-vaccinated arrivals

  • They will have to undergo a PCR test with a negative result within 72 hours before arrival to Qatar (all age groups).
  • Will be required to conduct a Rapid Antigen Test of arriving in Qatar (all age groups).

Unvaccinated arrivals

  • They will have to undergo a PCR test with a negative result within 72 hours before arrival to Qatar (all age groups).
  • Will be subject to home quarantine for seven days upon arrival in the country.
  • Rapid Antigen Test is required on the seventh day of quarantine and the individual will be released on the seventh day if the result of the COVID-19 test is negative (all age groups).

GCC citizens

Fully vaccinated arrivals

  • They will have to undergo a PCR test with a negative result within 72 hours before arrival to Qatar (all age groups).
  • Will be subject to hotel quarantine for two days upon arrival in the country.
  • Will be required to conduct a Rapid Antigen Test at the quarantine hotel on day two of quarantine and the individual will be released on the same day if the result of the COVID-19 test is negative.

Unvaccinated arrivals

  • They will have to undergo a PCR test with a negative result within 72 hours before arrival to Qatar (all age groups).
  • Will be subject to hotel quarantine for seven days upon arrival in the country. GCC citizens (non-residents) coming to stay with first-degree relatives residing in Qatar (on the condition that they provide proof of the relationship and national address data), will, however, be subject to home quarantine for seven days, upon arrival in the country.
  • A Rapid Antigen Test is required on the seventh day of quarantine and the individual will be released on the seventh day if the result of the COVID-19 test is negative.

Visitors to Qatar with pre-approved and on-arrival visas

Fully vaccinated arrivals (all age groups).​

  • They will have to undergo a PCR test with a negative result within 72 hours before arrival to Qatar (all age groups).
  • The following categories will be subject to hotel quarantine for two days upon arrival in the country:
    • Everyone aged 12 years and older.
    • Children aged 11 years and below accompanied by one or both of their parents/family members who are fully vaccinated.​
  • Will be required to conduct a Rapid Antigen Test on day two of hotel quarantine and the individual will be released on the same day if the result of the COVID-19 test is negative

Unvaccinated arrivals

  • They will have to undergo a PCR test with a negative result within 72 hours before arrival to Qatar (all age groups).
  • Will be subject to hotel quarantine for seven days upon arrival in the country. Travellers with pre-issued family visas to visit one of their first-degree relatives residing in Qatar (on the condition that they provide proof of the relationship and national address data), will, however, be subject to home quarantine for seven days, upon arrival in the country.
  • Rapid Antigen Test is required on the seventh day of quarantine and the individual will be released on the seventh day if the result of the COVID-19 test is negative

 

Exceptional red list countries

There are nine countries on the exceptional red list countries including India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Egypt and more. Here are the prevailing quarantine rules, and more for exceptional red list countries.

Citizens

Fully vaccinated arrivals (all age groups).​

  • Will have to conduct a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival in Qatar.
  • These travellers will be subject to a home quarantine for 2 days upon arrival in the country.
  • Will be required to conduct a Rapid Antigen Test on day two of hotel quarantine and the individual will be released on the same day if the result of the COVID-19 test is negative

Unvaccinated arrivals

  • Will have to conduct a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival in Qatar.
  • Unvaccinated travellers will be subject to a home quarantine for 7 days upon arrival in the country.
  • A Rapid Antigen Test is required on the seventh day of quarantine and the individual will be released on the seventh day if the result of the COVID-19 test is negative.

Residents of Qatar and GCC citizens

Fully vaccinated arrivals

  • Will have to conduct a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival in Qatar.
  • These travellers will be subject to hotel quarantine for 2 days upon arrival in Qatar.
  • Will be required to conduct a Rapid Antigen Test on day two of hotel quarantine and the individual will be released on the same day if the result of the COVID-19 test is negative.

Unvaccinated arrivals

  • Will have to conduct a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival in Qatar.
  • These travellers will be subject to hotel quarantine for 7 days upon arrival in Qatar.
  • A Rapid Antigen Test is required on the seventh day of quarantine and the individual will be released on the seventh day if the result of the COVID-19 test is negative.

Visitors to Qatar with pre-approved and on-arrival visas (all ages)

Fully vaccinated arrivals (all age groups)

  • Will have to conduct a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival in Qatar.
  • These travellers will be subject to hotel quarantine for 2 days upon arrival in Qatar.
  • Will be required to conduct a Rapid Antigen Test on day two of hotel quarantine and the individual will be released on the same day if the result of the COVID-19 test is negative.

Please note that unvaccinated visitors from ‘exceptional red-list’ countries will NOT be allowed entry into Qatar.

 

Exemptions

The only exemption to Qatar’s quarantine requirement extends to fully vaccinated travellers from a green list country.