Qatar remains closed for tourism but lifting internal restrictions from May 28

Qatar reopening for tourism - travel restrictions

Qatar is not open for tourism and only accepts Qatari nationals, residents permit holders and few other exceptions.

Allowed visitors must submit 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. 

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Qatar reopening to tourists - Travel restrictions

May 12 – Qatar to start lifting internal restrictions from May 28

Ministry of Public Health and Ministry of Commerce and Industry officials announced on Qatar television a 4-phase reopening strategy starting May 28. 

From May 28, residents will be able to return to shopping malls and outdoor restaurants at 30% capacity. Only fully vaccinated customers will be allowed to enjoy indoor dining. 

The second phase will start on June 18, the third phase on July 9 and the fourth phase on July 30. Each will allow more tourist venues, restaurants and malls to reopen at a bigger capacity and more privileges for vaccinated citizens.

“Unlike last year, we will be able to make more freedoms available to those people who are vaccinated where they will enjoy certain privileges before others,” said Chair of the National Health Strategic Group on COVID-19 and Head of Infectious Diseases at Hamad Medical Corporation at the press conference.

April 24 – Qatar to grant entry to workers from 6 new countries

After a long suspension, the Qatari government announced yesterday that they will again permit companies to process applications to hire migrant workers from the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Eritrea.

According to The Qatari General Directorate of Passports, these workers will be allowed to resume or find new jobs under very strict biosecurity restrictions. 

The official date of this new “reopening” should be released over the next few days. 

April 7: Qatar Airways has flown the first fully-vaccinated flight in the word 

Yesterday, Qatar Airways achieved one of the greatest milestones in the pandemic fight. The company -that has been testing IATA’s software for “vaccine passports” since last month- had the very first fully-vaccinated flight since the pandemic changed the way people used to travel around the world. 

The flight took off from Doha’s Hamad International Airport at about 11 a.m. local time and returned to the city at 2 p.m. 

According to Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker this may be the future of travel. He states that vaccine passports will be the answer to restore not only confidence between governments and travelers, but also the best way to restart the tourism industry. 

March 27 

The Qatari government had imposed visitors coming from medium to high risk countries to quarantine at one of their designated hotels. However, the State of Qatar has recently eliminated all the exemptions and, as of now, all visitors will have to quarantine at one of these government-approved facilities regardless of the epidemiology situation in their country of departure. This new restriction includes all visitors from green-listed countries.

The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) will also reimpose new restrictions on social gatherings. All these measures will be on effect until May 31.

March 7

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced that nationals and residents who have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine can travel out of the country and return without having to observe quarantine. This benefit applies only to people whose return date from travel is 14 days after the second dose. 

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.

How safe is Qatar during COVID-19?

According to the CDC, Qatar is at level 4 warning which 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.  

Green-listed countries or low-risk countries* – Updated May 12.

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

  1. Australia
  2. Brunei Darussalam
  3. China
  4. Cuba
  5. Ireland
  6. Japan
  7. Malaysia 
  8. Maldives “Safe Travel Bubble” Package only
  9. Mauritius
  10. Mexico
  11. Myanmar
  12. Oman
  13. Singapore
  14. Thailand 
  15. Vietnam 
  16. Iceland
  17. New Zealand 
  18. 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 recorded 212,124 positive cases, 204,408 of them already recovered, and 519 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.
  • Quarantine at a government-approved hotel (This accommodation should be booked through the “Discover Qatar“) at their own expense.
  • 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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