Qatar (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 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 04.05.2021
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 arriving from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines or Sri Lanka must have a quarantine hotel reservation for 10 days made at https://www.qatarairwaysholidays.com/qa-en/welcome-home-7-night-booking/overview .
3. Passengers must have a quarantine hotel reservation for 7 days made at https://www.qatarairwaysholidays.com/qa-en/welcome-home-7-night-booking/overview .
– This does not apply to:
– passengers arriving from Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, China (People’s Rep.), Cuba, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iceland, India, Ireland (Rep.), Japan, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand or Viet Nam;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued outside of Qatar. Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca, Covishield, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech. They must have received:
– the single Johnson & Johnson vaccine dose at least 14 days before arrival, or
– the second AstraZeneca, Covishield, Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine dose at least 14 days before arrival. More details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/w52x7pvb ;
– nationals and residents of Qatar with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in Qatar if they received the second vaccine dose at least 14 days before arrival. If they have not received the second vaccine dose at least 14 days before arrival, they will be subject to home quarantine for 7 days or until they complete the required 14 days, whichever is shorter;
– passengers younger than 18 years residing in Qatar traveling alone or with family members. Family members must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate and must have received the second vaccine dose at least 14 days before arrival;
– passengers older than 75 years residing in Qatar and one escort. They must reside in the same place as the escort;
– pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers with an infant younger than 2 years, residing in Qatar. They must be accompanied by their husband or a relative who must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate and must have received the second vaccine dose at least 14 days before arrival. They must reside in the same place as their husband or relative;
– passengers with a Diplomatic ID or an Admin card issued by the MOFA of Qatar;
– US or NATO military personnel with Military ID card;
– nationals and residents of Qatar with a positive COVID-19 test result issued in Qatar at most 6 months before arrival.
4. Passengers entering or transiting through Qatar from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines or Sri Lanka must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 48 hours before departure of the first embarkation point. The test result must be issued by a testing center approved by the local government.
5. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. The test result must be issued by a testing center approved by the local government.
– This does not apply to:
– Umrah passengers arriving from Saudi Arabia.
– passengers arriving from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines or Sri Lanka.
6. 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 .
7. Passengers could be subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.
8. Nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are not allowed to enter with a national ID card.
9. Passengers must install the Ehteraz app.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

All residents returning to Qatar will need to provide a negative PCR test certificate, recognised by the Health Department in the departing country. This test having been taken no more than 72 hours before arrival into Qatar.

All residents returning to Qatar will be exempt from quarantine provided they have completed a vaccination course as recognised by MoPH Qatar (namely Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson), their last vaccination dose having been administered 14 days prior to entry to Qatar and are able to provide a negative PCR test certificate recognised by the Health Department in the departing country.

All residents returning to Qatar with previously booked hotel quarantine should be aware that all existing packages have been cancelled by Discover Qatar / Qatar Airways following amendments to mandatory hotel quarantine for those travelling from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Sri Lanka. You may be able to rebook and refunds should be available.
 

Lockdown Details

With effect from 4 February 2021 a number of restrictions have been implemented. These have included the reduction in numbers at gathering – 5 indoors and 15 outdoors, capacity restrictions in restaurants, malls and outdoor swimming pools. Capacity has also been restricted on the metro and buses. Playgrounds and exercise equipment in public space have also been closed. Mosques and hairdressers also have restrictions on capacity.

Schools continue to operate a blended approach to education – a mix of in person lessons and on line learning. For further details you should contact the school direct.

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

Sources

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Data Source: covidcontrols.co