Covid Update for Qatar
Last update: 09/06/2021
Most foreign travelers are currently prohibited from entering Qatar. Only nationals of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates), their spouses and children (when traveling together), and official residents of Qatar (with a permanent residence permit or a temporary residence permit and Exceptional Entry Permit) can enter the country. Domestic workers of Qatari nationals may enter if accompanied by the sponsor or one of the sponsor’s first degree relatives as long as they have a residence permit issued by Qatar. Domestic workers of other GCC nationals with a residence permit valid for at least 6 months and a passport valid for longer than the permit may also enter if accompanied by the sponsor or one of the sponsor’s first degree relatives). Individuals who hold a Diplomatic ID issued by the MOFA of Qatar may also enter. Most travelers must have a medical certificate with a negative PCR test result issued by an approved testing center no more than 72 hours before arrival in Qatar, with the exception of Umrah passengers arriving from Saudi Arabia. However, passengers entering or transiting through Qatar from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, or Vietnam must have a negative PCR test taken at most 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Travelers may be tested on arrival. It is necessary to quarantine for 7 days after arriving in Qatar, either at home or at a hotel. All arriving passengers must have a confirmed quarantine hotel reservation for 7 days, with the exception of passengers arriving from the following countries: Australia, Brunei, China (PRC), Cuba, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iceland, India, the Republic of Ireland, Japan, South Korea, Macao (SAR China), Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, or Thailand and certain other exemptions. Those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with one of the following vaccines do not have to quarantine as long as the last dose was received at least 14 days before arriving in Qatar: AstraZeneca, Covishield, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, and Sinopharm. This only applies to nationals and residents of Qatar, and nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates and their accompanying family members and domestic workers. There are other exemptions, including pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, elderly passengers (over 75), and military personnel, providing they meet certain conditions. Nationals and residents of Qatar with a positive COVID-19 test result issued in Qatar at most 9 months before arrival are also exempt. All passengers must also install the Ehteraz app. Nationals of the other GCC countries cannot currently enter Qatar with their national ID card; if permitted to enter, they must do so with a valid passport. Visa on arrival facilities for Qatar are suspended.