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Qatar Reopened to Fully Vaccinated Travelers

Doha Qatar

Qatar has re-opened its borders to international travelers who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, as of July 12, 2021.

Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health announced that it has been decided to implement new procedures to ensure the continued facilitation of the entry process into the State of Qatar through its air, land, and seaports for travelers who have completed vaccination against the Coronavirus (Covid-19) with vaccines approved by the Ministry of Public Health in the State of Qatar.

A new package of precautionary measures and measures will be applied to citizens, residents, and visitors, which were developed with the aim of making the travel experience easy and safe while preserving public health in the country and the measures previously taken to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Passengers coming to the State of Qatar from all ports will also have to pre-register on the "Ehteraz" website (WWW.EHTERAZ.GOV.QA) and attach all the required documents before arriving in the State of Qatar for a period of no less than 12 hours.

Citizens, residents and visitors who have completed vaccination with vaccines approved by the Ministry of Public Health in the State of Qatar when traveling to the State of Qatar, will need to conduct a PCR test at a health center approved by the Ministry of Health in the country from which they are coming. The certificate shall be valid for (72) hours upon their arrival in the State of Qatar. Note that this procedure applies to all citizens and residents who are not vaccinated.

The new procedures also included classification lists for countries of arrival (green, yellow, red) and a quarantine policy for each classification applied to travelers coming to the State of Qatar.

Given that the State of Qatar is one of the top ten countries in the world in terms of the percentage of the population who have completed their vaccination, and because of the success of the national vaccination campaign in the country, this step can be achieved smoothly.

GCC citizens who have recovered from Covid-19 are required to present the original vaccination certificate (at least one dose of any of the recognized vaccines by the Ministry of Public Health- Qatar), a PCR test, as well as a certificate proving the occurrence of Covid-19 infection.

Approved Vaccines

*Conditionally approved vaccines:

  • Pfizer / BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Sinopharm vaccine
  • Moderna (Spikefax)
 
  • AstraZeneca (Coveshield / Oxford / Vaxepheria)
 
  • Jansen / Johnson & Johnson (only one dose)
 
  • Travelers who are fully vaccinated with the above specified conditionally approved vaccines shall undergo antibody test upon arrival, if the result is positive, they shall be exempt from the quarantine requirements; if the result is negative, the passenger will be required to do PCR test upon arrival and must undergo quarantine based on the classification of the departure country.
  • Passengers who have taken one of the recognized vaccines must submit the original vaccination certificate, which shall include the following information:
    1. Name of the passenger and it must match the passport.
    2. Dose dates according to type of the vaccine (one dose for Jansen vaccine and two doses for other vaccines).
    3. Type/name of the vaccine.
    4. Lot number of the vaccine (if any).
    5. Official logo or seal of the vaccination authority​.

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Recovered Individuals: ​

Citizens and residents from a previous infection within the last (12) months are exempt from quarantine upon return from abroad if they were asymptomatic, and their PCR test result is negative.

This rule shall apply to the individuals diagnosed in Qatar only, while those diagnosed in any of GCC countries who have received at least one dose of recognized vaccines by MoPH Qatar, shall be exempt from quarantine provided that a valid official certificate with a detailing the previous infection, issued by the local Ministry of Health in the GCC, is presented.

It is the responsibility of the individuals to make sure of any changes to the travel and return policy of the State of Qatar through the official sources and websites previously mentioned before planning travel.

All travelers must familiarize themselves with the procedures that have been introduced upon entering the country, knowing that these procedures can be changed without prior notice.

The Ministry of Public Health also urges citizens and residents traveling abroad during the summer to continue to be cautious while traveling and to continue applying precautionary measures, which include (wearing a mask, avoiding crowded places, and constantly sterilizing hands).

You can find the green, yellow and red list of countries on the Ministry of Health website by clicking here

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