Qatar (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 25 February, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: All arrivals to Qatar will undergo a health screening.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 7 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 15.02.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Qatar.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates;
– passengers with a permanent residence permit issued by Qatar;
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Qatar. They must have an Exceptional Entry Permit;
– passengers with a Diplomatic ID issued by the MOFA of Qatar;
– spouses and children of nationals of Qatar. They must present proof confirming their family relationship and have a residence permit issued by Qatar;
– spouses and children of nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. They must travel together;
– domestic workers of nationals of Qatar. They must be accompanied by the sponsor or one of the first degree sponsor’s relatives and have a residence permit issued by Qatar;
– domestic workers of nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. They must be accompanied by the sponsor or one of the first degree sponsor’s relatives. Their residence permit must be valid for at least 6 months and their passport must be valid longer than their residence permit.
2. Passengers could be subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test upon arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers with a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before departure. The certificate must be issued by an approved testing center listed on https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/Pages/Countries-Classified-Low-Risk-of-COVID-19.aspx
3. Passengers are subject to home quarantine or quarantine in a hotel for 7 days; details can be found at https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/Pages/Qatar-Travel-Policyy.aspx
4. Nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are not allowed to enter with a national ID card.
5. Passengers must have a quarantine hotel reservation for 7 days. The booking can be made at https://www.qatarairwaysholidays.com/qa-en/welcome-home-7-night-booking/overview
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Qatar arriving from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, China (People’s Rep.), Cuba, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Japan, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), Malaysia, Maldives (Safe Travel Bubble package only), Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Oman, Singapore, Thailand or Viet Nam;
– passengers with a Diplomatic ID or an Admin card issued by the MOFA of Qatar.
 

Detailed Tourist Information

Qatar has restricted entry, except for nationals and permanent residents of Qatar who must apply to return through the Qatar Portal website.

Travelers from low-risk countries are required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival and undergo home quarantine for 7 days when they must take a second test, and quarantine will end if results are negative.

Arrivals from countries that aren’t on the safe list must obtain a “virus-free certificate” from an accredited COVID-19 facility no more than 48 hours before departure, and quarantine upon arrival.
 

Lockdown Details

Qatar moved to phase 4 of its roadmap for re-opening on 1 September.

Parks, beaches, gyms and outdoor swimming pools have reopened, as have malls, some restaurants, museums and libraries, though with varying restrictions on entry, hours and capacity. Gatherings of up to 15 people inside and up to 30 outside can now take place as long as precautionary measures are taken. Mosques and most hairdressers have also reopened, with restrictions, and restaurants have a maximum of four people per table, or up to six from the same household.

Public transport, including the metro and bus services, began running a limited service on 1 September. No more than four people are allowed in a vehicle, if they are not part of the same family. The authorities may also stop vehicles to enquire about the reason for the journey.

It is now mandatory to wear a face mask whenever you are outside your home, unless you are alone whilst driving a vehicle or exercising.
 

Sources

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/qatar/coronavirus
Data Source: covidcontrols.co