Qatar Quarantine Rules: Complete Guide (January 2022)

05 JANUARY 2021 UPDATE: Qatar MOPH has updated its Country Lists based on COVID-19 risk in its Travel and Return Policy. Below are the updated guidelines as per MOPH:

Qatar has announced a new set of travel and quarantine rules. For the purpose of these rules, travellers are classified into two groups:

  • Group A: Qatari Citizens and Residents including GCC Citizens
  • Group B: Family Visitors, Business, Leisure, including GCC citizens who are non-QID holder/non-resident

Country Classification

These lists will come into effect on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 7pm.

Red List:

  1. Algeria
  2. Anguilla
  3. Austria
  4. Belgium
  5. Canada
  6. Cayman Island
  7. Croatia
  8. Cyprus
  9. Czechia
  10. Denmark
  11. Dominica
  12. Eswatini
  13. Estonia
  14. Ethiopia
  15. Faroe Island
  16. France
  17. Georgia
  18. Germany
  19. Gibraltar
  20. Greece
  21. Greenland
  22. Guernsey
  23. Hungary
  24. Iceland
  25. Indonesia
  26. Ireland
  27. Isle of Man
  28. Italy
  29. Jersey
  30. Jordan
  31. Kenya
  32. Latvia
  33. Lebanon
  34. Liechtenstein
  35. Lithuania
  36. Luxembourg
  37. Maldives
  38. Mauritius
  39. Netherlands
  40. Norway
  41. Philippines
  42. Poland
  43. Portugal
  44. Saudi Arabia
  45. Slovakia
  46. Slovenia
  47. South Africa
  48. South Sudan
  49. Sudan
  50. Spain
  51. Sri Lanka
  52. Switzerland
  53. Trinidad and Tobago
  54. Turkey
  55. United Arab Emirates
  56. United Kingdom
  57. United States of America

Exceptional Red List:

  • Bangladesh
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Botswana
  • Lesotho
  • Namibia
  • Zimbabwe

Green List:

Most other countries (143 countries) are considered as Green List countries.


Qatar Citizens, Residents and GCC Citizens arriving from a GREEN LIST country

Vaccinated 

Quarantine Requirements

  • If you are fully vaccinated by a vaccine approved by the MOPH, you will be exempt from quarantine.
  • This also applies to children aged 11 years and under accompanied by one or both of their parents/family members who are fully vaccinated.

Testing Requirement

  • A PCR test within 36 hours of arrival to Qatar.
  • Passengers with a conditionally certified vaccine must perform a Serology Antibody test before arriving in Qatar and if the passenger is unable to take the test in the country of departure, the passenger must undergo home quarantine for 7 days

Unvaccinated

Quarantine Requirements

  • If you are not vaccinated or have not completed the necessary vaccination doses you will be required to undergo home quarantine for 7 days.
  • Unvaccinated GCC citizens (non-residents) will be under hotel quarantine for 7 days.
  • Unvaccinated GCC citizens (non-residents), coming to stay with first-degree relatives residing in Qatar (on the condition that they provide proof of the relationship and national address data) will be under home quarantine for 7 days

Testing Requirements

  • A negative result for PCR test conducted within 72 hours before arrival to Qatar.
  • A PCR test is on the sixth day of quarantine and you will be released on the seventh day if the result of the test is negative.

Qatar Citizens, Residents and GCC Citizens arriving from a RED LIST country

Vaccinated

Quarantine Requirements

  • If you are cititzen/resident fully vaccinated by a vaccine approved by the MOPH, you will be exempted from home quarantine upon arrival in the country after a negative PCR test result appears.
  • This also applies to children aged 11 years and below accompanied by one or both of their parents/family members who are fully vaccinated.
  • GCC citizens (all age groups) will be subject to hotel quarantine for two days upon arrival in the country.

Testing Requirements

  • A negative result for PCR test conducted within 72 hours before arrival to Qatar.
  • A PCR test within 36 hours of arrival to Qatar at a PHCC health center or a private clinic/hospital for citizens / resident or at the hotel for GCC citizens.
  • Passengers with a conditionally certified vaccine must perform a Serology Antibody test before arriving in Qatar and if the passenger is unable to take the test in the country of departure, the passenger must undergo home quarantine for 7 days

Unvaccinated

Quarantine Requirements

  • If you are not immune, have not completed the necessary vaccination doses  you will be required to undergo home quarantine for 7 days.
  • GCC citizens (all ages) will be subject to hotel quarantine for 7 days upon arrival in the country.

Testing Requirements

  • A negative result for PCR test conducted within 72 hours before arrival to Qatar.
  • A PCR test is on the sixth day of quarantine and you will be released on the seventh day if the result of the test is negative.

Qatar Citizens, Residents and GCC Citizens arriving from an EXCEPTIONAL RED LIST country 

Vaccinated

Quarantine Requirements

  • Vaccinated residents: hotel quarantine for two days
  • Vaccinated citizens: home quarantine for two days

Testing Requirement

  • A negative result for PCR test conducted within 72 hours before arrival to Qatar.
  • A PCR test after arrival
  • Passengers with a conditionally certified vaccine must perform a Serology Antibody test before arriving in Qatar and if the passenger is unable to take the test in the country of departure, the passenger must undergo home quarantine for 7 days

Unvaccinated

Quarantine Requirements

  • Unvaccinated residents: hotel quarantine for 7 days
  • Unvaccinated citizens: home quarantine for 7 days

Testing Requirements

  • A negative result for PCR test conducted within 72 hours before arrival to Qatar.
  • A PCR test is on the sixth day of quarantine and you will be released on the seventh day if the result of the test is negative.

Visitors arriving from a GREEN LIST country

Vaccinated

Quarantine Requirements

  • If you are fully vaccinated by a vaccine approved by the MOPH you will be exempt from quarantine.
  • This also applies to children aged 11 years and under accompanied by one or both of their parents/family members who are fully vaccinated.

Testing Requirements

  • A negative result for PCR test conducted within 72 hours before arrival to Qatar.
  • Children aged 3 years and below accompanying one or both parents who are fully vaccinated are exempt.
  • Passengers with a conditionally certified vaccine must perform a Serology Antibody test before arriving in Qatar and if the passenger is unable to take the test in the country of departure, the passenger must undergo home quarantine for 7 days

Unvaccinated

Quarantine Requirements

  • If you are not vaccinated or have not completed the necessary vaccination doses the following applies:
  • Travelers with pre-issued family visas to visit one of their first-degree relatives residing in Qatar (on the condition that they provide proof of the relationship and national address data) will undergo home quarantine for 7 days.
  • Hotel quarantine for 7 days for holders of all others

Testing Requirements

  • A negative result for PCR test conducted within 72 hours before arrival to Qatar.
  • A PCR test is on the sixth day of quarantine and you will be released on the seventh day if the result of the test is negative.

Visitors arriving from a RED LIST country

Vaccinated

Quarantine Requirements

  • If you are fully vaccinated by a vaccine approved by the MOPH, the following applies:
  • Hotel quarantine for two days or until the test result appears, for travelers aged 12 and above, and children aged 11 years and below accompanied by one or both of their parent/family members who are fully vaccinated.

Testing Requirements

  • A negative result for PCR test conducted within 72 hours before arrival to Qatar.
  • A PCR test at quarantine hotel
  • Passengers with a conditionally certified vaccine must perform a Serology Antibody test before arriving in Qatar and if the passenger is unable to take the test in the country of departure, the passenger must undergo home quarantine for 7 days

Unvaccinated

Quarantine Requirements

  • If you are not vaccinated or have not completed the necessary vaccination doses the following applies:
  • Hotel quarantine for 7 days
  • Home quarantine for 7 days for travelers with pre-issued family visas to visit one of their first-degree relatives residing in Qatar (on the condition that they provide proof of the relationship and national address data).

Testing Requirement

  • A negative result for PCR test conducted within 72 hours before arrival to Qatar.
  • A PCR test is on the sixth day of quarantine and you will be released on the seventh day if the result of the test is negative.

Visitors arriving from an EXCEPTIONAL RED LIST country

Vaccinated 

Quarantine Requirements

  • If you are fully vaccinated by a vaccine approved by the MOPH, you will be required to hotel quarantine for two days.

Testing Requirements

  • A negative result for PCR test conducted within 72 hours before arrival to Qatar.
  • A PCR test according to the type of quarantine
  • Passengers with a conditionally certified vaccine must perform a Serology Antibody test before arriving in Qatar and if the passenger is unable to take the test in the country of departure, the passenger must undergo home quarantine for 7 days

Unvaccinated

  • Visitors arriving from exceptional red list countries who are not vaccinated are not allowed to enter the State of Qatar.

Requirements for Travellers Coming To Qatar

1. Register Through Ehteraz Website

All visitors should register through the Ehteraz website at least 3 days before arrival*, and upload the required official documents. The Ehteraz pre-arrival registration is optional for citizens and residents, while registration and obtaining prior approval is compulsory for visitors.  Although pre-registration is optional for citizens and residents of Qatar, the MOPH recommends that all individuals entering Qatar pre-register to ensure the best experience upon arrival in Qatar. 

*2 December 2021 Update

Here is our detailed guide on Ehteraz Pre Travel Registration.

Applicants will be issued a Travel Authorization, which they will be required to present to the boarding staff to be allowed to fly to Qatar, or to the immigration officials at the land border.

2. Mandatory RT-PCR Test

All passengers (except vaccinated Group A travellers from Green List countries) arriving or transiting through Qatar must have the mandatory pre-travel PCR test certificate valid for 72 hours of arrival to Qatar. RT PCR Test must be done in a medical centre approved by the local health authority (of the issuing country) to perform COVID-19 PCR tests.

Passengers with a conditionally certified vaccine must perform a Serology Antibody test before arriving in Qatar and if the passenger is unable to take the test in the country of departure, the passenger must undergo home quarantine for 7 days.

3. Download Ehteraz App

Travellers coming to Qatar (including Qatar citizens and residents) are required to download and activate the Ehteraz mobile app using a local or international mobile SIM (a local SIM is no more required).

4. Acknowledge Form

All passengers must sign an Undertaking and Acknowledgement Form​ before arriving in Qatar. The form is available on the Ministry of Public Health website, pre-registration platform website (www.ehteraz.gov.qa​) and airline online booking form.

Citizens and residents who are fully vaccinated inside the State of Qatar arriving from one of the Green List countries are exempt from this requirement.

5. PCR Test on Arrival

Travellers coming from some countries must repeat the PCR test on arrival (even if they are vaccinated). Please check the above list for detailed conditions. If the test results are positive, the traveller must commit to health isolation. The cost for PCR Test (QR 160) should be paid by the traveller.


Traveller Woman At Airport Wearing Mask

Vaccines Approved in Qatar

Following are the vaccines approved in Qatar for quarantine exemption:

Approved VaccinesConditionally Approved Vaccines *
​Pfizer BioNTech
Moderna
​Oxford-Astrazeneca​ / Covishield / Vaxzevria
​Janssen / Johnson&Johnson (One dose)
​Sinopharm
Sinovac
Sputnik V
Covaxin
  • *Serology Antibody test with a positive result is mandatory before travelling to Qatar for people with two doses of a conditionally approved vaccines and 14 days after the second dose, in which case only the traveler will be considered fully immune.
  • *People who have received two doses of a conditionally approved vaccine followed by one dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and after 14 days from the last dose will be considered fully immune.

Travellers must present an official vaccine certificate with a valid QR Code that includes the following information:

  1. Name of the recipient as mentioned in their passport. 
  2. Vaccination Date clearly written as 1st and/or 2nd dose.
  3. Type/Name of vaccine. 
  4. Vaccine Lot number (if available)
  5. Official logo and stamp of the vaccination authority

Recovered Travellers

Citizens and residents who have recovered from a previous infection inside Qatar within the last 12 months are considered immune and treated similar to vaccinated travellers.

  • For citizens and residents of Qatar who have recovered from COVID-19 infection, or those from any GCC country who have recovered from the virus who have subsequently received at least one dose of a vaccine approved by the MOPH, the immunity period for a person recovered from COVID-19 is 12 months starting from the 14th day of the date of recovery, or 14 days after receiving the vaccine dose in case of recovery.
  • Travelers recovered from COVID-19 in any GCC country must provide an official certificate confirming the previous COVID-19 infection and vaccination status. 

Other Notes

  1. Travelers are responsible for keeping up to date with changes to the travel and return policy through official sources before planning to travel to Qatar.
  2. The Ministry of Public Health continuously checks and monitors travelers returning from abroad in order to maintain public health. Note that, travelers may be subject to random testing upon arrival in Qatar.​
  3. In the case of home quarantine, accommodation conditions must be appropriate, and if the property does not comply with the conditions mentioned in the undertaking, the traveler must book the hotel quarantine package through Discover Qatar’s website before travelling to Qatar.

Qatar Quarantine Rules: Hotel Quarantine

Travellers who are not exempt will need to book and pay for one of the approved quarantine hotel packages before boarding the flight to Qatar.

Hotel Quarantine

You will need to make your booking directly through the “Discover Qatar”  website for a stay at an approved quarantine hotel.​

Discover Qatar’s Welcome Home hotel quarantine package prices include three meals per day on a full board basis, a PCR test and one-way transfers from Hamad International Airport upon arrival. These cost-effective prices allow guests to choose from over 60 hotels that suit their budget across 3-star, 4-star and 5-star properties while 2 and 3 bedroom villas are available for larger families.

A maximum of 2 adults and 1 child 6 years or under may share a room. You can share a room with another passenger (need not be a family member) arriving at the same time.

Quarantine Hotel Cancellations and Refunds

According to the Discover Qatar website, once a booking is made, amendments are not allowed. Cancellations are allowed up to 21 days before the arrival date of your quarantine booking, including full refunds. All cancellations within 21 days are subject to 100% cancellation charges*.

If you confirm your booking within 21 days of arrival it is non-refundable and the dates cannot be amended*. Please, therefore, do not book your quarantine package until you are sure that the details are correct.

*The following exceptions to the above apply:

  • The flight was cancelled or changed by the airline
  • Compassionate grounds, supported by some documentary evidence, such as a positive PCR result preventing travel
  • Exemption from quarantine granted upon arrival in Qatar
  • If you have received both doses of vaccination within Qatar and are no longer required to undertake hotel quarantine, you must advise Discover Qatar within 48 hours of arrival

Mekaines Motel Quarantine

These are shared motel accommodations for domestic staff, company-sponsored and other workers.

Mekaines Motel is a budget motel providing comfortable rooms and is located in Alsheehaniya, Mekaines area on Salwa Road. Rooms feature a shower with hot and cold water, amenities and a kettle. There is no wi-fi or internet access point available at the accommodation. The rates are cheaper than hotel quarantine, but the quarantine period may be longer.

This package should only be booked for groups of employees, or by individuals with Mekaines / Mukaynis as the ‘Type of Quarantine’ listed on their Exceptional Entry Permit.

The cost includes 3 meals a day, breakfast, lunch and evening meal, plus one-way coach transport from Hamad International Airport to the accommodation. The coach will operate throughout the day and may involve a wait at the airport.

Woman Wearning Mask Using Laptop

Important Points To Consider

Once a booking is confirmed, amendments to quarantine hotel packages cannot be made. Once you have made your booking it is non-refundable and the dates cannot be amended. Please, therefore, do not book your quarantine package until you are sure that the details are correct.

The only exception to this condition is if your airline cancels your flight, in which case you will be eligible to amend the dates of your booking once only. Any new quarantine package booked will be subject to availability and the daily arrival limit. Any differential on the package prices will be payable.

Please also be aware that if you qualify to self-quarantine at home, if your preference is to book a self-funded quarantine package in a hotel, this is permitted.

Qatar Quarantine Helpline Numbers

For more information, you can contact the relevant entities responsible for each process, and they are as follow:

  • ​For Ehteraz approval, please call on (109) inside Qatar or (+974 44069999) outside Qatar.
  • For Hotel Quarantine Package Booking, please visit the “Discover Qatar” website or call on (+974 4423 7999).
  • For Quarantine or Ehteraz application, call the hotline (16000) or the Governmental Health Communication Center through the Ministry of Public Health Website​.​​

Please see the MOPH website for the latest updates. As the rules can be revised at any time, we strongly recommend that you check this regularly for any changes that may affect your plans.

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Information source: Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Interior, Qatar Airways


FAQ on Qatar Quarantine Rules


Can children be exempted from hotel quarantine?

Children under 18 with both parents fully vaccinated may be eligible for home quarantine. Please check the detailed conditions for each type of country.

Will I be tested during my period of home quarantine?

Yes. You will be tested at one of the health centres on the 6th day of home quarantine.

Will my Ehteraz status change when I return from travel?

The Health Status on the Eheterz app will remain yellow throughout the quarantine period until the result of the COVID-19 test comes out negative in accordance with the above quarantine policy. 


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  1. I am from Nepal fully vaccinated…with jansen .but I have booked 10 days quartine.how to apply for refund sir..please help me…my agency told me that it is compulsory…and the rule has been changed since Oct 6.
    What is the procedure

  2. SREENIVASULU VUCHURU

    Dear Sir,
    Greetings for the day..
    I am an Indian Citizen and fully vaccinated..
    For Indian citizen can get on Arrival visa..? If yes can you help to share the details..( If not please help to share the details How to get Visa)

    Thanks alot

  3. Dear Sir,
    I am planning to visit Qatar this coming October; I am from red list Country but , Fully Vaccinated ( two doses of Pfizer) ,
    I would like to inquire if it’s mandatory to book a quarantine hotel.
    Best regards.
    Djuma

  4. What Is the procedure of quarantine under 21 age new visas in makenas one of my friend book quarantine In makenas but he is under 21 age makenas inform through mail book Hotel quarantine what is the best procedure kindly help in this regards

  5. My ehtetaz app is not updating even after my pcr negative result is released. It is still in green color but not updated at all. No record or so

  6. Can I book any hotel package in Qatar to serve my quarantine period?
    I belong to the Group B category of visitors. I tried booking via Discover Qatar but I am being asked for QID which I do not have since I am a resident of UAE (Nationality-Indian).
    How can I enter the country on visit visa and serve my quarantine as per the updated laws

  7. Are un vaccinated expectant resident mothers traveling from a yellow zone country exempted from hotel quarantine if traveling with a vaccinated husband?

  8. Please explain what is mean by there is no exception for unvaccinated children travelling from red list countries under family visit.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Suhai, Currently unvaccinated children (visitors) from red list countries are not getting approval to travel. We’ll update if there is any change to this rule.

      1. Hi how about the unvaccinated children 13 y/0 from special high risk country country like philippine. Are they allowed to entry under family visit visa?

  9. Dear sir/ mam I had made my qarantine booking in Mekanis but now rules are changing from QATAR government so money will be refunded of Full or partial
    Please advise

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Karunesh, Please make the request for a refund. You would receive a full refund if the booking is after 12th July.

      1. Dear sir I mekanish hotel booking but I took two doses of vaccine from Qatar I have a certificate so will my hotel be cancel so can I get the money back?How long will you return the exclusion

  10. SRINIVASA MURTHY KANDURI

    when can we expect MoPH Qatar to lift mandatory 10 days quarantine for travellers from these 6 countries?

  11. Can me and my husband share a room in hotel to book for the quarantine stay? If yes, how? It will be less expenses for us if it’s possible. Thank you

  12. my family 7 days hotel corontine after 6 days covoid test found wife and kids positive and given again 14 days home corontine is after complete of 14 days corontine need any again test OR ehtraz automaticaly Green

  13. My daughter in Indian have taken 2 doses of Indian made COVISHIELD vaccine , with the second dosage administered on 22 Feb 2021 with the certificate titled as FINAL CERTIFICATE FOR COVID-19 VACCINATION. I have recently applied for the quarantine exception through [email protected] , but they are asking for certificate for dosage nr-1 . There is no such certificate in India how can I get the necessary assistance for the quarantine exception.

    In India this certificate is being issued through the AAROGYASETHU APP same as our ETERAZ in Qatar.

    Regards

    Radhakrishnan
    55513082
    [email protected]

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Radhakrishnan, Please check if your vaccination certificate has details of the first dosage. We believe the Final Certificate issued in India usually has only the second dose details. MOPH is asking for details about the first dose. There is another provisional certificate (issued after the first dose) that has details about the first dose. Please see how you can get that.

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