Qatar (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was updated on 23 September, 2022.

Please note: Effective 1 November 2022, the authorities in Qatar have announced the suspension of entry for visitors into the country until 23 December 2022. Only Hayya Card holders, Qatari citizens, residents and GCC citizens holding a Qatari ID card, holders of personal visas, work entry permits, and approved humanitarian cases will be allowed entry during this period. 

Is Qatar open for visitors?

Qatar is open to international visitors from most countries and has done away with the list of countries subject to COVID-19 ‘Red Health’ measures. Quarantine on arrival to Qatar is no longer required. However, COVID-19 testing is still mandatory for some passengers.

Is Qatar open to international tourism?

Qatar is open to international tourism. Citizens of over 95 countries are now eligible for a visa-free entry into Qatar, however, the allowed length of stay may vary. Apart from this, all eligible travellers to Qatar will have to follow some guidelines depending on whether they are citizens/residents of Qatar, GCC citizens/residents or visitors.

For more details, please consult the COVID-19 measures and recommendations by the Ministry of Public Health – Qatar.

What are Qatar’s vaccine requirements?

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

  • Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Moderna (Spikefax)
  • AstraZeneca (Coveshield/Oxford/Vaxzevria)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (only one dose)

Conditionally approved:

  • Sinopharm – 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. 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) and QR Code (if applicable).

What are Qatar’s entry requirements?

General entry requirements

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

  1. The traveller must It is the responsibility of the traveller to know about any changes to the travel and return policy through official sources and websites before planning to travel to the State of Qatar.
  2. Travellers must adhere to the measures in place in the State of Qatar to limit the spread of COVID-19 at all times.
  3. The ‘Red Health Measures’ or country classification is no longer applicable.
  4. GCC Citizens and residents must download the Ehteraz mobile app and activate it on their mobile phones using a local or international SIM card. Such arrivals are also excluded from the pre-entry online registration.
  5. All other categories of arrivals (besides GCC nationals and residents) need to download the Ehteraz mobile app and activate it on their smartphones using a local or international SIM card. They must also register themselves in the pre-entry online registration system through the Ehteraz government website within 3 days of their scheduled departure to Qatar. To do so, arrivals must have the following:
  • A local Qatar SIM card from one of Qatar’s service providers (Ooredoo or Vodafone) or an international SIM card.
  • Mobile internet connection.
  • A smartphone that supports Android 6 and recent versions, OR iOS 13.5 and recent versions.
  • Download and install the app on your mobile phone via Google Play, Apple App Store, or any online search engine.
  • You can purchase SIM cards or smartphones at Hamad International Airport and Abu Samra border crossing if you do not own them before arrival.

Ehteraz Health Status

The Ehteraz mobile application with a health status indicated as ‘Green’ is required to access to public establishments in Qatar. Following are the categories for Ehteraz Health Status classification:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals will be granted a ‘green with a golden frame’ status.
  • Citizens, residents and visitors who have been vaccinated outside Qatar will have their Ehteraz health status as ‘green without a golden frame’ until their vaccine data is updated in the system or through the Overseas Vaccine Portal (ehteraz.gov.qa).
  • Citizens, residents and visitors who are positive for COVID-10 will have a ‘red’ health status throughout their isolation period until the result of their COVID-19 test comes out negative.
  • Diplomats, administrative card holders and VIP visitors arriving on official state visits are excluded from this measure. ​

 

Testing and quarantine requirements

As per the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), the earlier classification of ‘COVID-19 Red Health’ countries is no longer applicable. Following are the testing requirements for arrivals to Qatar regardless of their vaccination status:

Qatar citizens and residents

Citizens and residents of Qatar must take a Rapid Antigen (RAT) test within 24 hours of arrival in the State of Qatar at a primary health care centre or private medical centre, failing which they will receive a grey health status on their Ehteraz mobile app.

Visitors

Visitors (6 years and above) to Qatar must bring a COVID-19 negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test certificate which is valid for 48 hours or a negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) certificate valid for 24 hours, from the scheduled flight to the State of Qatar. Please note that RAT self-test is not valid for travel purposes.​

GCC nationals and residents

Citizens and residents of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates must download the Ehteraz mobile app and activate it on their mobile phones using a local or international SIM card. Such arrivals are also excluded from the pre-entry online registration.

 

All other categories of arrivals (besides GCC nationals and residents) need to download the Ehteraz mobile app and activate it on their smart phones using a local or international SIM card. They must also register themselves in the pre-entry online registration system through the Ehteraz government website within 3 days of their scheduled departure to Qatar.

Please note: Since 4 September 2022, quarantine has been done away with and international arrivals NOT required to complete quarantine in a hotel quarantine facility through Discover Qatar’s website. However, travellers who test positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Qatar must undergo quarantine measures in accordance with the procedures followed by the State of Qatar. Children who are 5 years and below are exempted from COVID-19 testing.

 

Requirements for travellers who have recovered from Covid-19

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.

Sources

https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/travel-and-return-policy/Pages/default.aspx