You’ve finally completed your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. What’s next?

Well, a lot of people in Qatar queued up for the vaccine to be able to travel (home mostly), after months of lockdown. Fully vaccinated residents, while not totally immune to infections, are relatively safe from any serious complications brought on by COVID-19. Travelling? Several factors should be considered if you plan to travel at this time.

Where are you going?

Luggage stock imageDepending on where you are going, requirements vary for travellers depending on country of origin (in our case, Qatar) and of course, passport (birth country). Many countries providing visa upon arrival have cancelled the service as a precaution against COVID-19. Many more have temporarily cancelled tourist visas to avoid possible spikes in cases.

Fortunately for Qatar residents and citizens, the country’s efficient handling of the crises has earned itself a place in many countries’ ‘green list’, allowing residents and citizens entries to more places, following of course their own health and safety protocols.

Fully vaccinated individuals travelling from Qatar are spared from having to quarantine upon arrival in a number of countries in Europe including Spain, Greece and France. Georgia, Turkey, Maldives and Phuket, Thailand also offer quarantine-free visits for residents and citizens of Qatar.

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Quarantine and RT-PCR Tests

Quarantine requirements for travellers is a major factor when considering travel to another country. Many countries still require quarantine for people coming into their territories. Some allow ‘home’ quarantine, especially for returning citizens and residents; while others would only allow special quarantine facilities to house incoming travellers, including their own citizens, within a specified period of time.

Qatar, for example, requires compulsory hotel quarantine for travellers from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines, including fully vaccinated travellers. As in all other countries with similar policies, these are not permanent and are updated based on developments in these areas. Please check the MOPH website for more information.

READ: MoPH: No Quarantine Exemption for Travellers from India, Five Other Countries

A negative result from a real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test is the standard everywhere, required to be taken 72 or 48 hours (depending on your destination country) before you board a flight. Some countries require another RT-PCR test three days or seven days (depending on your destination country) after you’ve landed.

You need to have these before you leave Qatar (have a printed copy available):

  1. COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (download a copy from cert-covid19.moph.gov.qa)
  2. Negative RT-PCR test (available at any private clinics in Qatar for QAR300)
  3. VISA (if you are not travelling to your home country)

And these upon your return:

  1. COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (download a copy from cert-covid19.moph.gov.qa)
  2. Negative RT-PCR test (should be from an accredited health facility, see this list)
  3. Exceptional Entry Permit (Qatar RP holders automatically get one)
  4. Health Assessment Form
COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
Exceptional Entry Permit
Exceptional Entry Permit
Negative RT-PCR test result from an accredited clinic
Negative RT-PCR test result from an accredited clinic
Health Assessment Form
Health Assessment Form

Important: Keep all printed copies of your documents in one folder (for easy access) and make sure you have electronic copies of everything on your smartphone. 

Safe travel everyone! 


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