The State of Qatar announced a round of new travel and return policies for residents and nationals following the start of Phase 3 of the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions on Friday, 9 July.

What’s new?

The new policies classified individuals into categories based on whether they are vaccinated and unvaccinated; the type of vaccine they received; and their countries of origin, which are further classified as green, yellow and red.

GROUP A: QATARIS, RESIDENTS AND GCC NATIONALS

VACCINATED: People who are fully vaccinated with a recognised vaccine by the Ministry of Public Health or recovered from COVID-19 (within 12 months) in Qatar or in one of the GCC countries, provided they have received at least one dose of the recognised vaccines.

A negative PCR test must be obtained within a maximum of 72 hours before arriving in Qatar. The test must be carried out at accredited health facilities.

Registration online via ehteraz.gov.qa before arrival to Qatar is now optional for citizens and residents.

TRAVELLING FROM GREEN LIST COUNTRIES

  • Quarantine is not required
  • Minors between 0-11 years travelling with their fully vaccinated parents are exempted from quarantine
  • 12–17-year-olds shall be subject to home quarantine for five days

TRAVELLING FROM YELLOW LIST COUNTRIES

  • Quarantine is not required
  • Minors between 0-17 years travelling with their fully vaccinated parents shall be subject to home quarantine for seven days

TRAVELLING FROM RED LIST COUNTRIES

  • Quarantine is required
  • Minors between 0-17 years travelling with their fully vaccinated parents shall be subject to home quarantine for 10 days
  • Must repeat PCR test on arrival at passenger’s expense; if the test results are positive, the passenger must commit to the health isolation process.

NON-VACCINATED: People who did not receive any of the vaccination doses or are partially vaccinated (1 out of 2 doses); people who have fully received the vaccine but have not completed 14 days from the first dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or the second dose of vaccines recognised by the MoPH and individuals who received conditionally recognised vaccines.

A negative PCR test must be obtained within a maximum of 72 hours before arriving to Qatar. The test must be carried out at accredited health facilities.

Registration online via ehteraz.gov.qa before arrival to Qatar is now optional for citizens and residents.

TRAVELLING FROM GREEN LIST COUNTRIES

  • Quarantine is required
  • Individuals shall be subject to home quarantine for five days
  • GCC citizens with no valid QID shall adhere to hotel quarantine for five days

TRAVELLING FROM YELLOW LIST COUNTRIES

  • Quarantine is required
  • Individuals shall be subject to hotel quarantine for seven days

TRAVELLING FROM RED LIST COUNTRIES

  • Quarantine is required
  • Individuals shall be subject to hotel quarantine for 10 days

GROUP B: ARRIVALS FOR FAMILY VISITS, WORK TOURISM INCLUDING GCC RESIDENTS

VACCINATED

A negative PCR test must be obtained within a maximum of 72 hours before arriving in Qatar. The test must be carried out at accredited health facilities.

Registration online via ehteraz.gov.qa before arrival to Qatar is now optional for citizens and residents.

TRAVELLING FROM GREEN LIST COUNTRIES

  • Quarantine is not required
  • Minors between 0-11 years old accompanied by their fully vaccinated parents are exempted from the quarantine

TRAVELLING FROM YELLOW LIST COUNTRIES

  • Quarantine is not required
  • Minors between 0-11 years old accompanied by their fully vaccinated parents shall be subject to hotel quarantine for seven days

TRAVELLING FROM RED LIST COUNTRIES

  • Entry not allowed

UNVACCINATED

TRAVELLING FROM GREEN LIST COUNTRIES

  • Entry is allowed only for individuals who received conditionally recognised vaccines
  • Hotel quarantine for five days
  • Prior to quarantine clearance, the PCR test shall be repeated on the fourth day. If the test result is negative, the passenger shall be discharged from quarantine on the fifth day (passenger’s expense)
  • Antibody test is optional in case of a wish for quarantine exemption at the expense of the passenger

TRAVELLING FROM YELLOW LIST COUNTRIES

  • Entry is allowed only for individuals who received conditionally recognised vaccines
  • Hotel quarantine for seven days
  • Prior to quarantine clearance, the PCR test shall be repeated on the sixth day. If the test result is negative, the passenger shall be discharged from quarantine on the seventh day (passenger’s expense)
  • Antibody test is optional in case of a wish for quarantine exemption at the expense of the passenger

TRAVELLING FROM RED LIST COUNTRIES

  • Entry is allowed only for individuals who received conditionally recognised vaccines
  • Hotel quarantine for 10 days
  • Must repeat PCR test on arrival at passenger’s expense; if the test results are positive, the passenger must commit to the health isolation process.
  • Prior to quarantine clearance, the PCR test shall be repeated on the ninth day. If the test result is negative, the passenger shall be discharged from quarantine on the tenth day (passenger’s expense)
  • Antibody test is optional in case of a wish for quarantine exemption at the expense of the passenger

For non-immune Group A passengers who have travelled to multiple countries over the past 10 days, to benefit from quarantine privileges for classifying countries with a lower risk level, passengers must stay in a lower-level country at least 10 days before arriving in Qatar.

Citizens travelling non-immune and returning from overseas treatment trips must submit a health certificate (by pre-registration through the Ehteraz website) issued from the Committee for Medical Treatment Abroad.

Here is a list of vaccines approved by the Ministry of Public Health

  • Pfizer/BioNtech Vaccine (Comernate)
  • Moderna Vaccine (Spikefax)
  • AstraZeneca vaccines (Covishield/Oxford/Vaxepheria)
  • Jansenn/Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Conditionally approved vaccine:

  • Sinopharm Vaccine

Exceptional Entry Permit

Exceptional entry permits will also not be required for residents and visitors with work visas, effective this Monday, 12 July. If residents meet the conditions for entering the country, that is, they have a valid residence permit and their stay out of Qatar is less than six months, they can enter without an exceptional permit, according to Major Abdullah Al Jasmi, Head of the Administrative Affairs Section at the Airport Passports Department.

Residents who are out of Qatar for over six months or with a residence permit that is expired due to unavoidable circumstances can follow the previous procedures by applying through the Qatar e-government website Hukoomi or Metrash2. 

For more COVID-19 updates, visit moph.gov.qa.


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