How To Do PCR Test in Qatar for Travel (May 2021)

If you are planning international travel by air, there is a chance you may require a COVID-19 PCR test for entry to your destination.  Passengers to certain countries like the US, UK, India, and Pakistan are now required to present a negative COVID-19 test result as a part of the entry requirements.

This article explains the procedure for getting an RT PCR test in Qatar. Also, you can see a list of private clinics and hospitals offering this service, the cost of PCR tests in Qatar, and the documents required for testing.

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A COVID-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test is performed to detect genetic material from a specific organism, such as a virus. The test is used to directly detect the presence of an antigen and will show if a person has COVID-19.

COVID-19 Testing at Government Clinics

4 APRIL 2021 UPDATE: Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has temporarily stopped the provision of COVID-19 PCR swabs for people travelling abroad. PHCC tweeted this on their social media adding that private sector hospitals will provide all COVID-19 PCR swabs for people travelling abroad.

PHCC Circular Stopping RT-PCR Test
Circular from PHCC Twitter Page

Here is the text from the announcement:

  • Primary Health Care Corporation health centers and medical teams are at the forefront of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Program and staff are working round the clock providing COVID-19 swabs for anyone showing signs and symptoms of the virus. 
  • This step was taken to relieve pressure on these teams and enable them to focus on providing services for people with COVID-19 and for those being vaccinated. 
  • The decision has been made to temporarily transfer the provision of COVID-19 PCR swabs, for people travelling abroad, to private healthcare facilities. When the second wave is suppressed and pressure is eased on PHCC healthcare teams, this important service will resume at primary health centers.

COVID-19 Testing at Private Clinics

How To Do PCR Test in Qatar for Travel

Step 1: Call the hospital or clinic to fix an appointment

Most private clinics in Qatar require you to call and make an appointment for an RT-PCR test. The clinic staff would give you an appointment depending on your travel date. Walk-in tokens are also available in some clinics, but it is not guaranteed.

Step 2: Visit the Clinic with the required documents

The documents required for the RT PCR test in Qatar for travel are your Passport, Qatar ID, and a copy of the Flight Ticket.

Step 3: Go to the reception, take a token number and pay the fees

The Ministry has fixed maximum fees for PCR testing at private clinics as QR 300 with effect from 8th April 2021. However, there are some private clinics offering the test for QR 220 onwards.

Step 4: The medical staff will collect the swab and send it for testing

The staff will ask a few verification questions before swab collection. Then they would collect the swab from your nose and/or throat.

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Swab collection involves inserting a long stick that looks like cotton buds into your nose and/or mouth. The swabs are then taken away securely for laboratory testing.

Usually private centers collect the swab and send it to Hamad Medical Corporation laboratories for testing.

PCR Test in Qatar -Swab Collection

Step 5: You will receive an SMS with the test result

You will receive an SMS after the swab is received and testing is done. Usually, the test result is available within 24-48 hours. Note that while you are awaiting the test results your Ehteraz app may be showing grey colour.

If you are tested positive, you will be moved to an isolation facility or a designated treatment center or instructed to do home quarantine depending on your symptoms.

If you are tested positive, the color on your Ehteraz app would turn red. If the test result is negative the color would change from grey to green.

Step 6: Collect the test certificate as advised by the clinic

In most cases, you can visit the clinic the next day for collecting the test result certificate. Please make sure that the details on the test report (like your name, date of birth, date of the test, etc. are correct to avoid any issue during travel).

As per the protocol from HMC, a softcopy of the test result will not be considered a valid document. So you need to collect the hardcopy from the concerned clinic.


Cost of PCR Test in Qatar Private Clinics

27 May 2021 UPDATE: The Ministry of Public Health had decided to unify the price of the COVID-19 examination and has fixed a flat rate of QR300 for testing in private health facilities, starting 8th April 2021. However, there are some private clinics offering the test at discounted price of QR 220 onwards.


List of Approved Covid Test Centers in Qatar for Travel

PCR Test Centers in Qatar: Below is the list of private health facilities in Qatar (in alphabetical order) accredited to conduct PCR test with their website links and phone numbers (updated 27 May 2021):

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At the Airport

If you are traveling to a country or using an airline that needs a pre-travel COVID-19 test, your airline will verify this information at check-in and retain a copy of the test result. Please have additional copies of the test result available with you for submission at departure and arrival airports.

In addition to a negative RT-PCR test result, many countries around the world have specific regulations in place for arriving and departing passengers to limit the spread of COVID-19. Please ensure that you understand how all these travel requirements affect you when planning your trip.

Dedicated COVID-19 Hotline

Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has a dedicated COVID-19 hotline 16000 to answer public queries regarding the disease. The Ministry urges individuals who display symptoms of COVID-19 to quickly contact the helpline.

The toll-free hotline is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is available in Arabic and English.

Additional Information

RT-PCR test for travel to India

All the passengers arriving from the United Kingdom, Europe, and the Middle East should carry a negative RT-PCR Test report for which test should have been conducted within 72 hours before undertaking the journey. The same also shall be uploaded on the online portal.

Travel Update from Qatar Airways

23 March 2021 Update: With immediate effect, Qatar Airways will no longer require passengers to present a negative RT-PCR test report when departing from the following 13 countries where this requirement was implemented previously. Any government regulation imposed or required by the destination or transit country will continue to apply.

  • Armenia
  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
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You can find the latest travel requirements on Qatar Airways Travel and Entry Requirements Website. For more information, please contact your local Qatar Airways Sales Representative.

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FAQ on Pre-Travel PCR Test in Qatar


Where can I do the RT-PCR Test in Qatar?

From 4th April 2021, RT-PCR tests can be done only at private clinics/hospitals approved by the Ministry of Public Health.

How much is the cost of the RT-PCR Test in Qatar?

At private clinics, the price is fixed at QR 300 with effect from 8th April 2021. However, there are some private clinics offering the test for QR 220 onwards.

How much time is required to get the RT-PCR test result?

The entire process, from sample collection to results, can take up to 48 hours in normal cases.

Would I lose my ticket price if my RT-PCR test result is positive?

If the test result is positive, you would not be allowed to travel. Most airlines will refund a portion of your ticket price or allow you to rebook for a different date by paying the cancellation charge.


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  1. Pravina Sivasankarganesh

    If I am a passenger transiting via Qatar and the destination country makes it mandatory to do a pre-departure PCR test, how to handle the situation? Do they have facility at the airport to enable transit passengers to get test done before taking their flight out?

  2. Anju Akalanka Madawala

    Any place to do the test and collect with in 24 hours.i am transiting to a another airline and they need pcr test before 72 hours.for that i need to take the test report at least within 36 hours

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Anju, Yes, it may be possible if you can do the test early morning. Please call the clinics directly to check.

  3. I have done 2 rtpcr test but the result is reactive. Last 14 days I am in alone for quarantine. Now ethiraz color also change. Next what?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Issa, PCR test can be done from any private clinic in the above list. Now the standard rate is QR 300 at all clinics.

  4. I recently did a PCR Swab test, but I was also chewing gum. I asked the staff member whether the chewing gum will affect the test, he said that he didn’t know. I am flying on the 12th. I am also fully vaccinated. Should I be worried? Will the result be invalid? I am afraid that I will not be able to fly.

  5. Hello team, if I am flying 14th in the morning when do i have to do test? 12th in the morning or earlier? As I understood ehteraz will change colour, without green ehteraz i cant enter Airport and how many hours will take to change to green. what about certificate- 72 hours will be counted after we got certificate or from time when we did the test?
    thank you very much
    P.S. earlier then 12th morning my certificate will be expired when i will arrive to designated country.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hello Emir, For almost all countries, the test must be conducted within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your last direct flight (please confirm with your destination country’s immigration or airline website). It means that if your flight is at 6 am on 14th April, you can do the test after 6 am on 11th April. You can do it on the 12th also but note that the test result will take 24 hours (on average). So it is better to do it as early as possible but within the 72-hour frame. 72 hours will be counted from the time you took the test.

  6. I don’t have the Health card, but i applied on Nar’aakom site, got my health card number online.
    If I want to do PCR test where i have to go.
    Does this health card number work without printing the health card.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Saurabh, The health card number would be fine. But please note that PHCC has stopped doing PCR Tests for travel. Now you can do it only at private clinics. Please read the updated article above.

      1. hii is that all the traveler need to be done with pcr test ?? or just some destination need showing pcr test

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mashhod, You have to do the test 72 hours before travel. The test result is usually available within 24 hours.

  7. I dnt have health card and i have only health card number which they gave me while taking vaccine after paying 100riyal
    I am traveling this month i need pcr test so can they will allow me to do free pcr test after showing them my health card number.. reply please

  8. We just called 107 to inquire about an appt (Saturday, March 20 at 7:50 PM). The person who answered said they do not make appointments for the PCR test and that you have to walk in for the testing?? How do we confirm what is the actual process?

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