Qatar remains open only for nationals and residents, tourism still banned

Qatar reopening for tourism - travel restrictions

Qatar is not open for tourism and only accepts Qatari nationals and residents permit holders. They must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, undergo a 14-day quarantine and agree to get tested for COVID-19 multiple times during their quarantine period. 

As of now, resident permit holders currently outside the country will be allowed entry by requesting for a return permit. Entry is subject to strict travel policies and a series of priorities. 

Qatar Reopening – Latest Updates

February 5 

Vaccination rollout

On January 31, the Ministry of Public Health announced that the general population of Qatar will get the coronavirus vaccine from August, 2021.

The first vaccination phase will start with healthcare workers and teachers, then workers in multiple industries and finally, from August 1 until October 31, vaccination will be open to all residents and citizens in Qatar who were not previously vaccinated.

December 5 – How safe is Qatar during COVID-19?

According to the CDC, Qatar is at level 4 warning what means that this country is not safe to visit at the moment. Only essential travel is recommended. (CDC.gov)

Who is allowed entry to Qatar? 

Only Qatari nationals and residents permit holders.  

Qatar reopening to tourists - Travel restrictions

Green-listed countries or low-risk countries* – Updated February 5.

This green list facilitates the quarantine policy and Covid-19 travel restrictions to people arriving into Qatar from these countries. 

  • Australia
  • ​Brunei Darussalam
  • ​China
  • ​Cuba
  • ​Ireland
  • ​Japan
  • ​Malaysia 
  • ​Maldives “Safe Travel Bubble” Package only
  • ​Mauritius
  • ​Mexico
  • ​Myanmar
  • ​Oman
  • ​Singapore
  • ​Thailand 
  • ​Vietnam 
  • Iceland
  • New Zealand 
  • South Korea 

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 153,296 positive cases, 146,627 of them already recovered, and 250 deaths.

Is it mandatory to submit your personal details to the government of Qatar? 

Yes, it is. Travelers must download Qatar’s track and trace app, Ehteraz, and show it to the authorities upon arrival. 

Entry restrictions

Qatar reopening for tourism

If arriving from a low-risk country, travelers, 

  • Will be required to take a Coronavirus test upon arrival at the airport
  • Must sign a formal pledge to adhere to quarantine at home for a week
  • Must download the Ehteraz application
  • After the 7-day quarantine, travelers must go take another COVID-19 test at an approved health center
  • 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.

New quarantine restrictions

Quarantine rules for travelers arriving in Doha from the UK, the Netherlands, South Africa, and Denmark must quarantine at specific hotels. Click here for more information.

All travelers must quarantine for 14 days after arrival in the country, regardless of destination. 

Qatar residents returning home

Residents returning home must ask for a permit via “Qatar Portal”.

Is it possible to quarantine at home in Qatar? 

Qatar reopening for tourism with restrictions

Travelers who fall under one of these categories are allowed to quarantine at home regardless of the country you are visiting from.

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

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