How To Do PCR Test in Qatar for Travel (Aug 2022)

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.

7 JANUARY 2022 UPDATE: Due to the recent surge in demand for RT-PCR testing, private clinics are experiencing delays in providing results. In some cases, you may need up to wait for 72 hours after swab collection. It is recommended that you plan your travel accordingly or book your tickets closer to the date of travel. You can also consider the Lusail Drive-Through Testing Centre or Sidra Medicine (explained below).

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

Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has stopped the provision of COVID-19 PCR swabs for people travelling abroad. Private sector hospitals will provide all COVID-19 PCR swabs for people travelling abroad.

Lusail Drive Through Testing Center

Ministry of  Public  Health has recently opened a 10-lane drive-through testing centre opposite Lusail Circuit.

  • It is open from 8 am to 10 pm daily (7 days a week) and the last entrance is at 9 pm.
  • You need to carry your Health Card, wear a mask and show your Ehteraz app.
  • Visitors who do not have a car can use a taxi. The process cannot be completed on foot.
  • Maximum occupancy of 4 passengers in each vehicle. No buses will be accepted.

The centre will only offer PCR tests and not Rapid Antigen Tests which are available at Primary Health Care Corporation Health Centres. According to MoPH, the centre can conduct nasal swabs for up to 5,000 people per day.

Results of PCR tests done at Lusail Drive-Through Center will be delivered within 24 to 48 hours. You will receive a link through an SMS that will allow you to print the test result certificate via the patient portal.

Lusail Drive-Through Testing Center Eligibility & Cost

People 50 years and aboveWith signs and symptoms of COVID-19Free of charge
People 50 years and aboveWho are close contacts with a confirmed caseFree of charge
Pre-Travel PCRMust provide proof of travelQR 160 by credit card (no cash)
Pre-operative patientsFree of charge
Lusail Drive-Through Testing Center Direction From North
Lusail Drive-Through Testing Center Direction From South

Post-travel tests are now all done by Rapid Antigen Tests and therefore post-travel testing is not available at Lusail Drive-Through Center.

Patients with a positive Rapid Antigen Test do not require a confirmatory PCR test and will not be accepted at Lusail Drive-Through. Lusail Drive-Through does not offer results for patients who have recently been tested elsewhere.

Where to Get the Fastest RT-PCR Test Result in Qatar?

If you are looking for urgent testing for travel purposes, Sidra Medicine, a member of the Qatar Foundation, is one of the fastest private COVID-19 PCR testing centres in Qatar. They are offering the following packages:

QR 160 – Limited SlotsResults in 18-24 hours
QR 300Due to the current situation, results may take up to 18 hours
QR 660Due to the current situation, results may take up to 4 hours

Sidra does not accept walk-ins or provide in-person registrations. So you must make an online appointment for your COVID-19 tests at Sidra. Here is the link to take an online appointment at Sidra.

  • Location: Tower A, Mall level, Next to QNB
  • Timings: 7.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.

After your PCR result is ready, it may take more than 24 hours for your result to be reflected in Ehteraz. You will receive an SMS from Sidra Medicine on your registered mobile number with your test results.

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 160 with effect from 4th October 2021.

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.

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 centres 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 (nowadays it may take longer due to high demand). 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 centre or instructed to do home quarantine depending on your symptoms.

If you are tested positive, the colour on your Ehteraz app would turn red. If the test result is negative the colour 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 hard copy from the concerned clinic.

Cost of PCR Test in Qatar Private Clinics

4 OCTOBER 2021 UPDATE: The Ministry of Public Health has announced that the price for RT-PCR Tests at Government and Private Clinics will be fixed at a flat rate of QR160, starting from 4th October 2021.

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 tests (Updated 22 August 2021):

At the Airport

If you are travelling 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.

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 for travel 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 160 with effect from 4th October 2021.

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

The entire process, from sample collection to results, can take between 24 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. Hi
    I am British citizen & travelling from England to Doha on 10 March. I ll be in Doha at 7.30pm on 10 March. My next flight is for Pakistan on 12 March around 9pm.
    Could you please advice me about the required tests for journey please.


  2. sir,I’m Rey ragas BABATUGOn I already exit to my company,teyseer security services,actually my flight Jan,11,2022 but the problem I failed the swab test result,now 3 days under quarantine in um salal isolation,when I releasing here,my problem I have no enought money to paying a swab test,because I already sending my money,into the phils,please give me and advice,thanks!!

  3. Good morning,
    11 th January i am giving sample for RTPCR test in lusail thru.12 th morning i get it SMS for negative report.I don’t have qatar ID.I have business visa how to print out the report.

    1. Hi Syed,

      You can directly go to health centre and show the sms that you received they will take print out and give to you.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Rauf, For most countries, PCR is valid for 72 hours only. For some countries, it is 72 hours of departure while for some it is 72 hours of arrival. Nowadays you can get PCR results in 24-36 hours as there is not much rush.

  4. Hi.
    Thnx for the great article needed much at this tym.
    I hv also cancelled two tickets as pcr reports took long time.
    As u hv mentioned Lusail drive thru… Documents req…. medical card, ID card n ticket.
    I am on visit visa… Dont have medical card.. I have only my passport, Ehteraz on mobile and my ticket.. Will i be allowed for the test??
    Waiting in distress for you reply.

  5. I’ve canceled my ticket even after 72 hours ,not getting RTPCR report . I’ve checked in Sidra, there are full booked slots upto 16th. So please help me when can i go for RTPCR and where I’ve go as I’ve emergency case for travelling.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Vishal, You can try the new Lusail Drive Through Center. They are giving results in 24-48 hours. Details are in the above article.

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