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Updated 12 April 2022

The Qatar government has now released a new set of Covid-19 rules for arrivals into the country. Keeping in trend with the current ease of restrictions all over the world, Qatar has also eased its quarantine requirements and put forth some new quarantine rules for incoming travellers upon arrival. 

Here is a complete guide to the latest quarantine rules being implemented for arrivals into Qatar.

General entry requirements

Some of the general requirements according to the Ministry of Public Health Qatar are as follows:

  • Based on COVID-19 epidemiology in different countries and their local health risk indicators, Qatar has developed specific health and safety measures for travellers coming to Qatar – Standard Health Measures and Red Health Measures.
  • Citizens and residents are free to travel abroad at any time provided that the Travel and Return Policy is adhered to when returning to Qatar.
  • The Ministry of Public Health advises citizens and residents to look up and comply with COVID-19 health measures currently in place in the destination country.
  • Travellers are responsible for keeping up to date with changes to the Travel and Return Policy through official sources before planning to travel to Qatar.
  • Travellers must comply with Qatar’s COVID-19 procedures at all times to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Travellers who are required to have a PCR lab result before travelling to Qatar must have it at a medical centre authorized by the health authorities in the country of departure. A negative test result is required and must be obtained no more than 48 hours before the time of departure from the country of origin. (Please see the pre-travel test rules for detailed guidance.)
  • Unvaccinated children below the age of 12 years travelling with immune or recovered parent/s will follow the same rules that apply to their parent/s and are not required to have a pre-travel PCR test but only a post-arrival test (Rapid Antigen Test) at the following locations:
    • Citizens and Residents: at any public/private clinic within 24 hours of arrival in Qatar and parent/s must sign an Undertaking form.
    • GCC Citizens (non-resident) and Visitors: if parent/s are exempted from quarantine, testing for children will be at the port of entry (airport, land, sea) upon arrival in Qatar; if parent/s are subject to hotel quarantine, testing will be at the quarantine hotel.
  • Documentary requirements for non-residents of Qatar:
    • For GCC nationals and GCC residents who meet the immunity criteria, the following COVID health app used in any of the GCC countries shall be honoured and accepted in Qatar in lieu of online pre-travel registration on the condition that it reflects Immune status:​
    • COVPass health app for EU nationals and EU residents shall be honoured and accepted in Qatar in lieu of online registration on the condition that they meet the immunity criteria and are reflected in the COVPass app.
    • Travellers who hold any of the above health apps shall be exempted from online registration and are required to proceed to any authorized private clinics for a Rapid Antigen Test within 24 hours of their arrival in Qatar. Pre-travel RT-PCR test is required for immune and non-immune travellers coming from the countries under Red Health Measures. Meanwhile, non-immune travellers must register on the pre-travel registration platform and submit their pre-travel PCR test.
    • Non-residents of Qatar who are non-immune/unvaccinated OR who do not fall in the above 2 categories must register via the pre-travel registration system for people entering the State of Qatar on ww​w.ehteraz.gov.qa website and upload all relevant official documents, where applicable, such as vaccination certificates, evidence of previous COVID-19 infection, serology antibody test results (for conditional vaccines), and PCR lab result at least 3 days before arrival. (Although uploading the PCR test result is not mandatory during the electronic pre-registration process, travellers who are required to have a pre-travel PCR test 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) Your pre-travel online registration will help accelerate your passage and clearance at the port of arrival for a better arrival experience in Qatar).
  • While pre-travel registration remains 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, particularly those travelling with unvaccinated family members who are required to complete home quarantine as they are required to sign an Undertaking which is readily available in the Ehteraz online registration.
  • The Ministry of Public Health has the right to conduct random COVID-19 testing (Rapid Antigen Test or PCR) of travellers upon arrival in Qatar through its air, land and seaports.
  • Travellers must download the Ehteraz mobile application and activate it on their mobile phones using a local or international SIM card.
  • All passengers must sign an Undertaking and Acknowledgement Form before arriving in Qatar. The form is available on the Ministry of Public Health website, pre-registration platform website www.ehteraz.gov.qa​ and airline online booking form. Citizens and residents are exempted from this requirement on the condition that they are fully vaccinated inside the State of Qatar arriving from one of the countries to which the Standard Health Measure applies.
  • Self-testing of Rapid Antigen is not applicable to travellers. Post-travel/upon arrival Rapid Antigen Testing must be conducted at authorized healthcare facilities. More on this below.
  • Travellers arriving in Qatar should go to the COVID-19 test clinic at the entry port in case of any COVID-19-related symptoms and take the necessary isolation measures.
  • Travellers should not go to work or mix with others until the Rapid Antigen Test result is out.
  • For unvaccinated travellers, their health status in the Ehteraz app will be yellow because they are under quarantine.
  • Travellers should, on regular basis, check the MoPH Travel and Return Policy for up-to-date detailed guidance according to the country classification and health and safety measures.​
  • Mekhaines quarantine period shall remain at 7 days for non-immune/unvaccinated.

 

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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
Arrivals receiving any of the above-mentioned COVID-19 vaccines approved/recognized by the Ministry of Public Health within its immunity validity period:
  • Valid for nine (9) months from fourteen (14) days after 2nd dose vaccination of Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Valid for twelve (12) months after the booster dose vaccination of Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Valid for nine (9) months from (14) days​ after the first dose of the Jansen & Jansen COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Valid for twelve (12) months from seven (7) days of receiving the booster dose of the Jansen & Jansen COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Valid for six (6) months from fourteen (14) days after the second dose or booster dose of conditionally approved COVID-19 vaccines, where a positive Serology on Antibody Test lab result is required and is valid for 30 days from testing. If the traveller is unable to take a Serology Antibody test in the country of origin or if the Antibody test result appears negative, the traveller must undergo relevant quarantine for 5 days. Please note that for those who received a booster dose using MOPH approved vaccines immune status is extended to twelve (12) months from fourteen (14) days after the booster dose and the Serology Antibody test is no longer required.

Please note that arrivals who had a medically confirmed COVID-19 infection acquired either locally or overseas are considered to have immune status valid for twelve (12) months from the date of the infection. There should be an official and verifiable laboratory test result as evidence of the past infection.

Anyone who does not meet any of the above criteria will be considered unvaccinated.

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 the Jansen vaccine and two doses for other vaccines).
  3. Type/name of the 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), the Qatari government has developed specific health and safety measures for travellers coming to Qatar – Standard Health Measures and Red Health Measures. Red health measures will be applicable to arrivals from all categories, from seven countries including Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Sri Lanka.

Travellers who are required to complete quarantine in a hotel quarantine facility must book a hotel quarantine package through Discover Qatar’s website before travelling to Qatar.

In the case of home quarantine, accommodation conditions must be appropriate, and if the property does not comply with the conditions mentioned in the undertaking, the traveller must book the hotel quarantine package through Discover Qatar’s website before travelling to Qatar.

Please note that Mekhaines quarantine period shall remain at 7 days for non-immune/unvaccinated.

Standard health measures

Arrivals from all other countries except the ones subject to the ‘Red Health Measures’, will be subject to the ‘Standard Health Measures’.

Standard health measures for Qatari citizens

Vaccinated arrivals

  • Qatari citizens who are fully vaccinated will be exempt from the five-day home quarantine requirement.
  • Will be required to conduct a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) within 24 hours of arrival in Qatar.

Unvaccinated arrivals

  • They will have to undergo a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival in Qatar.
  • Will be subject to home quarantine for five days upon arrival in the country.
  • A Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) is required on the fifth day of quarantine.

Standard health measures for residents

Vaccinated arrivals

  • Qatari residents who are fully vaccinated will be exempt from the five-day home quarantine requirement.
  • Will be required to conduct a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) within 24 hours of arrival in Qatar.

Unvaccinated arrivals

  • They will have to undergo a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival in Qatar.
  • Will be subject to home quarantine for five days upon arrival in the country.
  • A Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) is required on the fifth day of quarantine.

Standard health measures for GCC citizens (non-residents)

Vaccinated arrivals

  • They can undergo an optional pre-arrival PCR test before arrival in the country.
  • They are exempted from quarantine upon arrival in the country.
  • Will be required to conduct a Rapid Antigen Test in a private clinic within 24 hours of arrival (Please note that this is not required in case of presenting a Pre-arrival RT-PCR test result)

Unvaccinated arrivals

  • They must submit a negative pre-travel PCR lab result obtained no more than 48 hours before the time of departure from the country of origin
  • Will be subject to hotel quarantine for five 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 five days, upon arrival in the country.
  • A Rapid Antigen Test is required on the fifth day of hotel/ home quarantine.

Standard health measures for visitors

Vaccinated arrivals

  • Pre-travel RT-PCR test is optional if the traveller is a resident of a GCC country or an EU national/resident. However, the pre-arrival RT-PCR test result is mandatory for other travellers.
  • They will be exempted from quarantine on arrival.
  • If a resident of a GCC country or an EU national/resident does not have a pre-travel PCR, the traveller must proceed to any authorized private clinics for a Rapid Antigen test within 24 hours of arrival.

Unvaccinated arrivals

  • Must submit a negative pre-travel PCR lab result obtained no more than 48 hours before the time of departure from the country of origin
  • Will be subject to hotel quarantine for five days upon arrival in the country. Travellers with first-degree relatives (on condition that proof of relationship and residence is provided), will, however, be subject to home quarantine for five days, upon arrival in the country.
  • A rapid Antigen Test is required on the fifth​ day of hotel/home quarantine.

Red health measures

Red health measures will be applicable to arrivals from all categories, from seven countries including Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Sri Lanka.

Red health measures for Qatari citizens

Vaccinated arrivals

  • Qatari citizens who are fully vaccinated will be exempt from the five-day home quarantine requirement, and the Covid-19 test before arrival.
  • Will be required to conduct a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) within 24 hours of arrival in Qatar.

Unvaccinated arrivals

  • Must submit a negative pre-travel PCR lab test result obtained no more than 48 hours before the time of departure from the country of origin.
  • They will have to undergo a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival in Qatar.
  • Will be subject to home quarantine for five days upon arrival in the country.
  • A Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) is required on the fifth day of quarantine.

Red health measures for residents

Vaccinated arrivals

  • Qatari residents who are fully vaccinated will be exempt from the five-day hotel quarantine requirement, and the Covid-19 test before arrival.
  • Will be required to conduct a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) within 24 hours of arrival in Qatar.

Unvaccinated arrivals

  • Must submit a negative pre-travel PCR lab test result obtained no more than 48 hours before the time of departure from the country of origin.
  • They will have to undergo a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival in Qatar.
  • Will be subject to hotel quarantine for five days upon arrival in the country.
  • A Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) is required on the fifth day of quarantine.

Red health measures for GCC citizens (non-residents)

Vaccinated arrivals

  • Must submit a negative pre-travel PCR lab result obtained no more than 48 hours before the time of departure from the country of origin.
  • Will be subject to a one-day hotel quarantine upon arrival in the country.
  • Will be required to conduct a Rapid Antigen Test on the first day of hotel quarantine.

Unvaccinated arrivals

  • Must submit a negative pre-travel PCR lab result obtained no more than 48 hours before the time of departure from the country of origin.
  • Will be subject to a five-day hotel quarantine upon arrival in the country.
  • Will be required to conduct a Rapid Antigen Test on the fifth day of hotel quarantine.

Red health measures for visitors

Vaccinated arrivals

  • Must submit a negative pre-travel PCR lab result obtained no more than 48 hours before the time of departure from the country of origin.
  • Will be subject to a one-day hotel quarantine upon arrival in the country.
  • Will be required to conduct a Rapid Antigen Test on the first day of hotel quarantine.

Please note that unvaccinated arrivals from this category will not be allowed entry into Qatar.

 

Exemptions

Fully vaccinated Qatari citizens and residents, irrespective of the category they fall into, are exempt from Qatar’s quarantine requirement.