Travel

In continuation of the State of Qatar’s efforts to prevent and contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the country has extended the temporary suspension of inbound flights to Doha.

What is Qatar’s current travel policy?+

As a part of Phase 1 of lifting restrictions beginning 15 June, only essential flights will be allowed out of Qatar. Upon their return to Qatar, travellers will undergo a mandatory hotel quarantine for two weeks paid for by the traveller.

As a part of Phase 3 of lifting restrictions beginning 1 August, low risk inbound flights for priority passengers (e.g. returning residents) will be allowed.

Flights will continue for cargo, passengers transiting through Doha to other destinations and returning Qatari citizens, who will be subject to quarantine either in official quarantine facilities or at select hotels.

What is the current entry policy for Qatari citizens?+

Qatari nationals, their spouses and children, as well as permanent residents can return from any destination without specifying a time period. However, they will be required to quarantine in accordance with government guidelines.

What is the current entry policy for expatriates with a Qatari residency permit?+

Those who are abroad but hold a Qatari residency permit can enter Qatar after August 1. In order to re-enter, one must apply for permission to return via the Qatar Portal website, where permission is granted to those based on priority. Only with approval can you then board a flight and enter Qatar.

Can Qatari citizens obtain COVID-free certificates outside the country and return to Qatar?+

Yes, Qatari citizens in Turkey can visit four approved hospitals for a COVID-19 test and obtain a COVID-free certificate which is valid for 48 hours.

Travellers with a Qatari residency permit who are in the Republic of Turkey can use this service to return to Qatar once the third phase of the gradual reopening begins (1 August). When the test is conducted in one of the accredited centres and the person is found to be free of the virus, this qualifies him or her to obtain an exception from the mandatory hotel quarantine in Qatar, provided that the certificate holder is committed to home-quarantine for a period of 14 days upon arrival in Qatar.

Those accredited will need to sign a pledge confirming that they will follow home-quarantine regulations in accordance with the procedures and standards set by the Ministry of Public Health.

The MOPH in the State of Qatar is currently in the process of accrediting reliable medical centers for COVID-19 tests for Qatari citizens in some other countries.

What is the quarantine process like for those entering from abroad?+

The government has compiled a list of low-risk countries that require their own quarantine process. Please note that this low-risk list is subject to change at any time and is reviewed every two weeks.

Arrivals to Qatar from low-risk countries:

Those returning will need to take a COVID-19 test at Hamad International Airport upon arrival to the airport, unless they have obtained a COVID-free certificate from an accredited COVID-19 testing centre abroad less than 48 hours before travel.

Travellers will then sign a formal pledge to adhere to quarantine at home for a week, noting that the traveller’s status on the Ehteraz application will be yellow.

After a week, arrivals will need to go to a dedicated health centre for a COVID-19 test.

If the result is negative, the quarantine period ends and the traveller’s status on the Ehteraz application will change to green. If the result is positive, the traveller will be transferred to government isolation facilities.

Arrivals to Qatar from countries not listed as low-risk, but with accredited COVID-19 testing facilities:

Those returning to Qatar will need to obtain a COVID-free certificate from an accredited COVID-19 testing centre no more than 48 hours before travel.

Travellers will then sign a formal pledge to adhere to quarantine at home for a week noting that the traveller’s status on the Ehteraz application will be yellow.

After a week of self-quarantine, arrivals will need to go to a dedicated health centre for a COVID-19 test.

If the result is negative, the quarantine period ends and the traveller’s status on the Ehteraz application will change to green.

If the result is positive, the traveller will be transferred to government isolation facilities.

Arrivals to Qatar from countries not listed as low-risk and without accredited COVID-19 testing facilities:

Those returning are expected to stay in mandatory quarantine in a hotel at their own expense for seven days, booked through the “Discover Qatar” website before arriving.

Arrivals will be tested for COVID-19 on day six at the hotel.

If the result is negative, the hotel quarantine period ends and the traveller must enter home quarantine for another week, noting that their status on the Ehteraz application is yellow and will change to green after a week has passed.

If the result is positive, the traveller will be transferred to government isolation facilities.

Who is eligible for home quarantine upon returning to Qatar?+

The following categories of people are eligible for home quarantine for a week, regardless of the country from which they arrived:

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

What countries are categorised as “low-risk”?+

The below countries are subject to change at the discretion of the Ministry of Public Health:

Turkey, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Malta, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Ireland, Slovenia, Belgium, the UK, Greece, Netherlands, Morocco, Algeria, Canada, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Australia, the Greek Cypriot administration and Andorra.

Can I still leave Qatar?+

Yes, outbound flights are still running.

Can I still travel inside Qatar?+

It is still possible to travel within Qatar but we ask that citizens and residents reduce their travel as much as possible and make only essential journeys. Public transport, including the Doha Metro, public transit bus and Metrolink, has also been temporarily suspended.

What happens if I have an expired tourist visa?+

Visitors in Qatar on tourist visas can stay in Qatar without extending their visas or paying a fee due to the unusual circumstances caused by COVID-19.

Once conditions have returned to normal and flights begin operation to the visitor’s country, the visitor will be granted a grace period to leave Qatar.