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Updated 6 January 2022

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, red, and exceptional red lists. Vaccination status will be also a major factor in quarantine and testing treatment.

Is Qatar open for all tourists right now? If so, can you do it this year? Here is the latest information for entry into Qatar in 2022.

Qatar’s exceptional red-list countries

Currently, there are nine countries in Qatar’s exceptional red-list countries:

  • Bangladesh
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Botswana
  • Lesotho
  • Namibia
  • Zimbabwe

Unvaccinated visitors to Qatar with pre-approved and on-arrival visas from the countries mentioned above, will not be allowed entry into Qatar.

Please note that some countries from the exceptional red list countries including Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe​ will have to follow some additional requirements for entry into the country. More on this below.

Quarantine and testing requirements

The following are the quarantine and testing requirements for eligible arrivals to Qatar from the ‘exceptional red list’ countries.

Citizens

Fully vaccinated travellers (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 PCR test within 36 hours of arriving in Qatar.

Unvaccinated travellers

  • 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 PCR test is required to be taken on the sixth 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).

Residents of Qatar and GCC citizens

Fully vaccinated travellers

  • 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.
  • An on-arrival PCR test will be done on the first day at the quarantine hotel after arrival.

Unvaccinated travellers

  • 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 PCR test will be performed on the sixth 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).

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

Fully vaccinated travellers (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.
  • A PCR test will be performed on the first day at the quarantine hotel after arrival (all age groups).​

Additional requirements for some exceptional red list countries

The travellers coming from some of the exceptional red list countries that include- Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe​ will have to follow some additional guidelines:

Citizens

Fully vaccinated and Unvaccinated travellers

  • Will have to conduct a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival in Qatar.
  •  The travellers will be subject to a home quarantine for 7 days upon arrival in the country, with the option to choose to undergo hotel quarantine if desired.
  • In the case of home quarantine (all age groups):
    • Conduct a PCR test on arrival in Qatar at one of the ports.
    • A PCR test will be performed on arrival on the sixth day and if a negative test result appears, the person will be released from quarantine on the seventh day.
  • In the case of hotel quarantine (all age groups):
    • The PCR test will be done on the first day at the quarantine hotel after arrival.
    • A PCR test will be performed on the sixth day and if the test result is negative, the person will be released from quarantine on the seventh day.

GCC citizens

Fully vaccinated and Unvaccinated travellers:
  • 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.
  • The PCR test will be done on the first day at the quarantine hotel after arrival (all age groups).
  • A PCR test will be performed on the sixth day and if the test result is negative, the person will be released from quarantine on the seventh day (all age groups).

Residents of Qatar

Fully vaccinated travellers:
  • Will have to conduct a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival in Qatar.
  • These travellers will be subject to quarantine for 7 days upon arrival as follow:
    • Hotel quarantine for 2 days
    • Home quarantine for 5 days
  • The PCR test will be done on the first day at the quarantine hotel after arrival (all age groups).
  • A PCR test will be performed on the sixth day and if the test result is negative, the person will be released from quarantine on the seventh day (all age groups).

Unvaccinated travellers

  • 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.
  • The PCR test will be done on the first day at the quarantine hotel after arrival (all age groups).
  • A PCR test will be performed on the sixth day and if the test result is negative, the person will be released from quarantine on the seventh day (all age groups).

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

Fully vaccinated travellers

  • 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.
  • The PCR test will be done on the first day at the quarantine hotel after arrival (all age groups).
  • A PCR test will be performed on the sixth day and if the test result is negative, the person will be released from quarantine on the seventh day (all age groups).

Qatar’s red list countries

There are 57 countries in Qatar’s red-list countries:

  1. Algeria
  2. Anguilla
  3. Austria
  4. Belgium
  5. Canada
  6. Cayman Islands
  7. Croatia
  8. Cyprus
  9. Czechia
  10. Denmark
  11. Dominica
  12. Estonia
  13. Eswatini
  14. Ehtiopia
  15. Faroe Islands
  16. France
  17. Georgia
  18. Germany
  19. Gibraltar
  20. Greece
  21. Greenland
  22. Guernsey
  23. Hungary
  24. Iceland
  25. Indonesia
  26. Ireland
  27. Isle of Man
  28. Italy
  29. Jersey
  30. Jordan
  31. Kenya
  32. Latvia
  33. Lebanon
  34. Liechtenstein
  35. Lithuania
  36. Luxembourg
  37. Maldives
  38. Mauritius
  39. Netherlands
  40. Norway
  41. Philippines
  42. Poland
  43. Portugal
  44. Saudi Arabia
  45. Slovakia
  46. Slovenia
  47. South Africa
  48. South Sudan
  49. Sudan
  50. Spain
  51. Sri Lanka
  52. Switzerland
  53. Trinidad and Tobago
  54. Turkey
  55. United Arab Emirates
  56. United Kingdom
  57. United States of America

Quarantine and testing requirements

The following are the quarantine and testing requirements for eligible arrivals to Qatar from the ‘red list’ countries.

Citizens and residents of Qatar

Fully vaccinated travellers (All age groups)

  • Will have to conduct a PCR  test with a negative result within  72 hours before arrival to Qatar (all age groups). Passengers 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
  • The following categories will be exempted from home quarantine upon arrival in the country after a negative PCR test result appears:
    • Everyone aged 12 years and above.
    • 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 PCR test within 36 hours of arriving in Qatar.

Unvaccinated travellers

  • 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 PCR test is required to be taken on the sixth 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 travellers

  • 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.
  • An on-arrival PCR test will be done on the first day at the quarantine hotel after arrival.

Unvaccinated travellers

  • 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 PCR test will be performed on the sixth 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).

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

Fully vaccinated travellers (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.
  • A PCR test will be performed on the first day at the quarantine hotel after arrival (all age groups).​

Unvaccinated travellers

  • 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 PCR test will be performed on the sixth 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).

Qatar’s general entry regulations

Qatar has classified countries into two lists, Green and Red, in addition to a secondary list of Exceptional Red Countries based on international and local health risk indicators and the epidemiology of Covid-19 in the different countries. Citizens and residents can 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 comply with COVID-19 health measures currently in place in the country of arrival. 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.

Arrival registration

Qatar has mandated travellers to submit a health declaration and register themselves on the Ehteraz platform, facilitating authorities to keep track of health records, vaccination status and other necessary details.

  • Non-residents of Qatar must register via the pre-registration system for people entering the State of Qatar ​on the www.ehteraz.gov.qa website and upload all relevant documents such as vaccine certificates at least three days before arrival. 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.
  • Travellers should 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 who are fully vaccinated inside the State of Qatar arriving from one of the Green List countries are exempt from this requirement.

Testing and quarantine requirements

  • Travellers must take a PCR test result at a medical centre accredited by the health authorities in the country of departure. The test result must be negative and must be done 72 hours before arrival in Qatar.
  • Travellers should check the quarantine policy for detailed guidance according to the country of arrival classification.
  • 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.
  • Travellers arriving in Qatar should go to the COVID-19 test clinic at the access port in case of any COVID-19-related symptoms and take the necessary isolation measures.

Note: These policies apply to arrivals across all Qatar entry points.

 

Are there flights to Qatar now?

Yes, flights to Qatar have resumed and are now easily available.

Most airports in the country are now operational, so you’ll be able to fly into Qatar from any corner of the world.

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