July 30, 2021: Information on entry restrictions, testing and quarantine regulations in Qatar
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Qatar.
2. Passengers entering or transiting through Qatar from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka or Vietnam 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.
3. 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.
4. Passengers arriving from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka or Vietnam must have a quarantine hotel reservation for 10 days made at https://www.qatarairwaysholidays.com/qa-en/welcome-home-7-night-booking/overview .
5. Passengers must have a quarantine hotel reservation for 7 days made at https://www.qatarairwaysholidays.com/qa-en/welcome-home-7-night-booking/overview .
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.
10. Suspension of visa on arrival facilities
General Policy :
Citizens and Residents can travel abroad at any time, provided they adhere to the travel and return policy.
1. Qatar has classified countries into Green, Yellow and Red based on the level of risk.
2. Online Registration thru Ehteraz website (www.ehteraz.gov.qa) is mandatory to all travellers coming to the state of Qatar (including Qatar citizen and resident ). At least 12 hours before travel, travellers should upload the required official documents. They will be issued a Travel Authorization, which they will be required to present to the boarding staff to be allowed to fly to Qatar, or to the Immigration officials at the land border.
3. Unvaccinated citizens and residents wishing to travel abroad to one of the countries not included in the COVID-19 Green List must book a hotel quarantine package from the listed hotels on the “Discover Qatar” website before traveling.
4. Those wishing to travel must know the procedures applied in the country they want to visit in terms of quarantine procedures, duration, and the need to provide a COVID-19-free certificate.
5. COVID-19 PCR-test to travel abroad should be conducted at one of the private healthcare facilities announced by MOPH.
6. PCR Test must be done in a medical Centre approved by the local health authority (of the issuing country) to perform COVID-19 PCR tests
7. GCC citizens who have recovered from COVID-19 must present the original Vaccination certificate (at least one dose of a vaccine approved by MOPH Qatar), PCR Test and certificate of prior infection with COVID-19.
8. Employees must coordinate with their employers about the dates of their travel and return to Qatar. They should consider the quarantine period when planning their trip.
9. All passengers transiting through Qatar must have the mandatory pre-travel PCR test certificate valid for (72) hours of arrival to Qatar, and in case they require another PCR test for their onward destination, they can have it at Hamad International Airport on a standard fee of QAR 300/- per test.
10. If the hotel quarantine criteria apply, the Ministry of Public Health will cover the costs of the hotel quarantine packages for patients receiving their treatment abroad (with written confirmation from the Medical Treatment Committee Abroad) at the expense of the State, along with their official escorts. The employer is responsible to cover the quarantine expenses for their employees who are on official missions
11. With home quarantine, the accommodation conditions should be suitable, provided it has a separate room with its ensuite bathroom. If the accommodation is not appropriate, one of the hotel quarantine packages must be booked for through the “Discover Qatar” website before traveling to Qatar
12. The validity of the vaccine to grant quarantine exemption is 12 months, starting (14) days after the second dose. This immunity period could be extended based on new and emerging data.
13. Lists of approved/conditionally approved vaccines by the Ministry of Public Health:
14. Lists of approved/conditionally approved vaccines by the Ministry of Public Health: AstraZeneca, (Covishield/Oxford/Vaxepheria), Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer/Biotech(Comernate) and Sinopharm;
15. Travelers fully vaccinated with the above-specified *conditional vaccines will be subject to an antibody test on arrival, if the result is positive with antibodies, exempted from quarantine; otherwise the traveler must undergo applicable quarantine based on country of departure and perform COVID-19 PCR tests upon arrival.
16. Travelers must present an official vaccination certificate that includes the following information:
1. Name of the recipient as mentioned in their passport.
2. Vaccination Date clearly written as 1st and/or 2nd dose.
3. Type/Name of vaccine.
4. Vaccine Lot number (if available)
5. Official logo or stamp of the vaccination authority
17. Citizens and residents recovered from a previous infection within the last (12) months are exempted from quarantine upon return from their travel abroad, if they were asymptomatic and their PCR test result was negative.
18. This rule applies to individuals diagnosed in Qatar. Those who were diagnosed in any GCC member states and received at least 1 dose of the MOPH-Qatar recognized vaccine are exempted from quarantine provided they submit a certificate detailing the previous infection and recovery issued by their local GCC state health authority
19. It is the responsibility of individuals to ensure that they are updated with any changes in the Entry and Return policy of the State of Qatar through the official sources and the sites mentioned above before planning their trip.
Group A: Qatari Citizens, Residents and GCC Citizens
Before Traveling to Qatar:
1. One negative PCR test carried out maximum 72 hours before time of arrival is required; It must be done in a medical center approved by the local health authority of the issuing country to perform COVID-19 PCR tests.
2. Register through the Ehteraz website (www.ehteraz.gov.qa) at least 12 hours before travel, and upload the required official documents.
3. You are exempted from quarantine if you are fully vaccinated with an MOPH recognized vaccine and at least (14) days have passed after receiving the second dose of a two-dose series vaccine or from the single dose in case of single-dose regime vaccine.
4. Unvaccinated travelers, vaccinated with other vaccines not recognized in the State of Qatar, and those who fall short of the 14 days vaccine administration period since the second dose:
a. You will be subject to quarantine for a period depending on the country classification you travel from. You will need to book a hotel package through Discover Qatar if you are coming from Yellow (7 days) or Red countries (10 days).
b. Minors between (0-11) years traveling with their fully vaccinated parents are exempted from quarantine if traveling from countries on the Green List.
c. Unvaccinated Minors between (12-17) years traveling with their fully vaccinated parents shall be subject to home quarantine for (05) days if traveling from countries on the Green List.
d. Unvaccinated Minors between (0-17) years traveling with their fully vaccinated parents shall be subject to home quarantine for (07) days if traveling from countries on the Yellow List and shall be subject to home quarantine for (10) days if traveling from countries on the Red List.
5. For unvaccinated travellers belonging to group A and had trips to multiple countries for the last 10 days: to benefit for the quarantine privileges of the lower-tier country classification, they must be staying in the said lower-tier country COVID-19 classification for minimum period of 10 days.
6. For unvaccinated travellers belonging to group A and are returning from a medical treatment abroad must submit a clearance certificate (via Pre-entry registration www.Ehteraz.gov.qa) from the Medical Treatment Abroad Committee; Patients and their one (1) fully vaccinated escort coming from green and yellow countries shall be on home quarantine depending on the required quarantine period (i.e. Green – 5 days; Yellow – 7 days); while patients coming from Red country will be subject to 10 days hotel quarantine, they will be accompanied by their escort even if the latter is vaccinated.
7. For unvaccinated lactating mothers, pregnant women, and those 75 years old and above will undergo the same testing and quarantine policy as to the rest of unvaccinated individuals.
– Testing and Quarantine Policy On Arrival in Qatar:
1. Travelers with symptoms will be tested as necessary as judged by the medical team at the ports.
2. Travelers who are unvaccinated, inoculated with vaccines not recognized in the State of Qatar, or who fall short of the 14 days vaccine administration period since the second dose will undergo:
a. Coming from Green countries: 5 days home quarantine and a repeat PCR test in PHCC on day 4, you will be discharged on day 5 if test is negative.
b. Coming from Yellow countries: 7 days hotel quarantine and a repeat PCR test (on traveller’s expense) in the hotel on day 6, you will be discharged on day 7 if test is negative.
c. Coming from Red countries: 10 days hotel quarantine and a repeat PCR on arrival in the hotel, and on day 9 (on traveller’s expense), you will be discharged on day 10 if test is negative.
3. Vaccinated travellers coming from Red countries will undergo a repeat PCR test (on traveller’s expense) on arrival in HIA/land border, if the test is positive, traveller must adhere to isolation protocol.
4. GCC citizens who do not hold a Qatari ID card shall be subject to a hotel quarantine for a period of (5) five days if traveling from countries on the Green List.
Group B: Family Visitors, Business, Leisure, including GCC residents (12 years old and above):
Entry is restricted to vaccinated, and/or recovered individuals as defined in numbers 13, 14, 15, 16 in the General policy.
Fully vaccinated individuals:
EHTERAZ APP. POLICY:
Travelers returning from Umrah:
Effective Monday, August 2, 2021 at 12 noon local time on all passengers arriving in the State of Qatar following additional shall apply
1. With regard to travellers who have obtained the vaccination document from the Centers for Communicable Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) issued by the United States of America:
2. With regard to travellers coming from the six East Asian countries (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka):
3. With regard to citizens and residents, the following will be applied immediately as of today’s date:
4. The protocol that will be applied to recipients of one of the vaccines with conditional approval (Sinopharm) in the event of a desire to be exempted from quarantine:
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