Qatar reopening for tourism - travel restrictions

Qatar remains open for tourism and easing its travel restrictions

Qatar is open to tourists from 23 countries. It has also reviewed its travel policy and has relaxed some of its previous exit and entry travel restrictions.

Keep reading to learn about the countries that made the “green list” and the requirements for those that did not. 

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Who is allowed entry to Qatar? 

Foreign citizens from low-risk countries are currently allowed entry for general purposes. Those coming from other countries are allowed only for essential travel.

Qatar reopening to tourists - Travel restrictions

Green-listed countries or low-risk countries*Updated by Qatar government on November 20.

  • Australia
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China (Hong Kong  and Macau)
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sweden
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Vietnam

Can I transit through Qatar?

Yes. you can. Please double-check with your airline since multiple flights have been canceled lately. 

Do I need to submit my contact information to the government of Qatar? 

Yes, you do. You must download Qatar’s track and trace app, Ehteraz, and show it to the authorities when you arrive. 

What are the travel restrictions for entry to Qatar?

Qatar reopening for tourism

If arriving from a low-risk country

  • You will be required to take a Coronavirus test upon arrival at the airport
  • You must sign a formal pledge to adhere to quarantine at home for a week
  • You must download the Ehteraz application
  • After the 7-day quarantine, you must go take another COVID-19 test at an approved health center. If you test positive, you will have to self-isolate, but if you test negative your quarantine period will end and you will be free to resume your trip.
  • Visitors from low-risk countries must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours before arrival. 

If arriving from a high-risk country

  • Visitors from high-risk countries must adhere to the home quarantine for a week upon arrival in Doha if they bring a valid COVID-19 test. If their test is considered not valid by the authorities they must quarantine in a hotel at their own expense for one week.
  • This accommodation should be booked through the “Discover Qatar“ website before arriving in Qatar. The quarantine period will depend on the result of your COVID-19 test.

What about Qatari citizens, their spouses and children, and permanent residency holders?

They are now allowed to travel outside the country and return at any time but they need to comply with all the requirements mentioned before. 

I am a Qatar resident – Am I allowed to return home?

If you are a resident returning home, you must ask for a permit via “Qatar Portal”.

Can I quarantine at home in Qatar? 

Qatar reopening for tourism with restrictions

If you fall under one of these categories, you will be allowed to quarantine at home regardless of the country you are visiting from.

  • If you are over 55
  • If you have had an organ or spinal cord transplant
  • If you have received immunosuppressive therapy
  • If you have a heart disease
  • If you suffer from moderate to severe asthma
  • If you are receiving cancer treatment
  • If you are pregnant
  • Babysitting mothers with children up to five-years-old
  • If you have kidney failure
  • If you have chronic liver disease
  • If you have a lower limb amputation
  • If you have any disabilities that require support to carry out activities
  • Disabled children and their mothers
  • If you suffer from epilepsy and receive treatment
  • If you have diabetic foot
  • If any of your immediate relatives died in the 10 days prior to their arrival
  • If you are receiving treatment for mental and psychiatric illnesses, and people suffering from claustrophobia
  • If you have diabetes and receive treatment
  • If you have high blood pressure

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What is the COVID-19 situation in Qatar?

The Qatar government has managed to control the pandemic in the last few months. As of today, the country has reported 136,441 positive cases, 133,691 of them already recovered, and 235 deaths.