Qatar Travel And Quarantine Rules (Updated Sep 2022)

Doha Guides Team regularly reviews this article to ensure that the content is up to date and accurate. The last editorial review and update were on 21 September 2022.

As a result of COVID-19, most countries have implemented special entry and exit restrictions. Qatar, being a highly visited destination, has been imposing various measures from time to time to control the spread of the pandemic.

The travel policy by Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) is reviewed from time to time, depending on the domestic and international situation. This article explains everything about Qatar Travel and Quarantine rules in place now, including entry restrictions and eligibility for home quarantine.

21 SEP 2022 UPDATE: From 1 November to 23 December 2022, visitors’ entry into the State of Qatar will be restricted to holders of Hayya Card only. Visit visa services will be suspended during this period. The following categories will be excluded from the Hayya Card requirement:
– Qatari citizens, residents and GCC citizens holding a Qatari ID card 
– Holders of personal recruitment visas and work entry permits 
– Humanitarian cases through the airport (based on the approval from the official application platform)

1 SEPTEMBER 2022 UPDATE: Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced a new travel policy which will come into effect on Sunday, 4 September 2022, at 6 pm local time. This article has been updated to reflect these changes.
* Quarantine is no longer mandatory for all travellers arriving from abroad. However, if passenger tests positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Qatar, quarantine measures must be followed as stipulated by the State.
* Country classification based on COVID-19 risk (Red List and Standard Health List) is no longer applicable.

Qatar Travel And Quarantine Rules

From 4 September 2022, Quarantine is no longer mandatory for all travellers. The following travel rules shall apply:

For the purpose of these rules, travellers are classified into four categories:

  1. Citizens and Residents of Qatar
  2. Citizens and Residents of GCC Countries
  3. Visitors From Other Countries

Travel rules are different for each category, as explained below:

Citizens and Residents of Qatar

  • Ehteraz pre-travel registration is optional for citizens and residents of Qatar.
  • Citizens and residents must take a Rapid Antigen (RAT) test within a period of 24 hours upon arrival in the State of Qatar.
  • This can be done at one of the  Primary Health Care Centers or private medical centres.
  • Health status in the Ehteraz mobile application will become grey if the test is not done within 24 hours.

Citizens and Residents of GCC Countries

  • GCC citizens and residents are exempted from Ehteraz pre-travel registration. They are free to do the registration if they want to.
  • All visitors aged six (6) and above should have a negative RT-PCR test result obtained no more than 48 hours before departure or a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) certificate obtained no more than 24 hours before departure.
  • Travellers coming to Qatar (including Qatar citizens and residents) must download and activate the Ehteraz mobile app using a local or international mobile SIM (a local SIM is no longer required).

Visitors From Other Countries

  • Visitors from other countries should register through the Ehteraz website at least three days before arrival and upload the required official documents. 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 the immigration officials at the land border. Here is our detailed guide on Ehteraz Pre Travel Registration.
  • All visitors aged six (6) and above should have a negative RT-PCR test result obtained no more than 48 hours before departure or a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) certificate obtained no more than 24 hours before departure.
  • Although uploading the test result is not mandatory during the electronic pre-registration process, travellers must present the original copy of the test result to the airlines to allow them to board the plane or at the country’s ports (land and sea).
  • Travellers coming to Qatar (including Qatar citizens and residents) must download and activate the Ehteraz mobile app using a local or international mobile SIM (a local SIM is no longer required).
Traveller Woman At Airport Wearing Mask

Ehteraz Green Status

The Ehteraz mobile application with health status indicated as Green is required to gain access to public facilities around Qatar. The Heath Status on the Ehteraz mobile app for fully vaccinated persons will be green with a golden frame.

The Health Status of citizens, residents, and visitors who have received the vaccine outside Qatar will remain green without a golden frame until their vaccine data is updated in the system or through the Overseas Vaccine Portal.

Vaccines Approved in Qatar

Following are the vaccines approved in Qatar for immunity status:

Approved VaccinesConditionally Approved Vaccines *
​Pfizer / BioNTech (Comirnaty)​Sinopharm
Moderna (SpikeVax)Sinovac
​AstraZeneca​ (Covishield / Oxford / Vaxzevria)Sputnik V
Janssen / Johnson&Johnson (One dose)Covaxin

Fully Vaccinated: Anyone who received any of the following COVID-19 vaccines approved/recognized by the Ministry of Public Health within its immunity validity period:

Vaccine TypeImmunity Validity
Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zenica COVID-19 vaccines9 months from 14 days after 2nd dose;
12 months after the booster dose
Jansen & Jansen COVID-19 vaccine9 months from 14 days after 1st dose;
12 months from 7 days of receiving the booster dose
Conditionally approved COVID-19 vaccines*6 months from 14 days after the 2nd dose.

*A positive Serology on Antibody Test lab result is required and is valid for 30 days from testing.

For those who received booster doses using MOPH-approved vaccines, immune status is extended to 12 months from 14 days after the booster dose.

Recovered: Anyone who had a medically confirmed COVID-19 infection acquired either locally or overseas is considered to have immune status valid for twelve (12) months from the date of the infection. There should be an official and verifiable laboratory test result as evidence of the past infection.

Unvaccinated / Non-immune: Anyone who does not meet the above criteria.

To be considered vaccinated, travellers vaccinated outside Qatar must present an official vaccine certificate (in Arabic or English language) with a valid QR Code that includes the following information:

  1. The name of the traveller must be identical to that on the passport
  2. Doses and dates of vaccine given (one dose for the Jansen vaccine and two doses for other vaccines)
  3. Type/name of the vaccine
  4. The serial number of the vaccine batch and QR code (if available).

Travel 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 health or vaccination queries, please 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 you check this regularly for any changes that may affect your plans.


FAQ on Qatar Quarantine Rules


Is hotel quarantine required for unvaccinated travellers?

Quarantine is no longer mandatory for all travellers arriving from abroad. However, travellers who test positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Qatar must undergo quarantine measures by the procedures followed in the State of Qatar.

Will my Ehteraz status change during isolation?

The Health Status on the Ehteraz app will remain red throughout the isolation period until the result of the COVID-19 test comes out negative.


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  1. Hi,

    My colleagues want to travel to Doha to work on a project, they are GCC Indian Residents. Can you please advise about the visa procedure?

  2. Hi there. We are a family of 5. Husband, wife and 3 young children under 5 with a planned overnight stopover at a hotel in Doha prior to travelling to london. I am considered fully vaccinated however we have just found my wife isn’t because she had her 2nd dose of phizer >9 months ago. She is booked to get her phizer booster tomorrow. We fly the day after tomorrow. I thought this doesn’t make her vaccination status effective for 14 days but read here that for phizer it’s instant. Is this correct and where is that outline please? Is there an option for my wife to do 1 night hotel quarantine before travelling to UK so she can get the connecting flight? Thank you!!

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Adam, Please call the government helpline at +974-4406 9999 to check about the vaccination requirement. Also, make sure to apply for Ehteraz pre-travel approval immediately and do the RT-PCR test (48 hours before travel) or Antigen test (24 hours before travel).

  3. AZAD AHMAD WANI

    Hi ,
    My self and my wife are resident of Qatar and are fully vaccinated . We are travelling back to Qatar from India on 15th August . My son is below 18 Years and his 2nd dose ( Pfizer) has been administrated before 12 months. In such case, does he have to go for home or hotel quarantine ? We will be doing PCR test before travel.
    Kindly advise as it is very urgent please.
    Thanks & Regards

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Azad, The validity of the 2nd dose is nine months. In this case, your son is considered unvaccinated. We assume he is above 12 years.
      a) If you are coming from a Red Health country, he needs five days of HOTEL quarantine, a PCR test before arrival and Rapid Antigen Test on day 5.
      b) If you are coming from a Standard Health country, he needs five days of home quarantine; a PCR test is not required before travel, but he needs a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival, plus a Rapid Antigen Test on day 5 of home quarantine.

  4. hello . . .

    i will reach Doha by next Friday … Visa on arrivals for GCC resident …

    i have taken 2 doses of Pfiezer ( June 2021 ) so should i do PCR as 9 month over … to avoid quarantine ….

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Abdul Majeed, You would be considered unvaccinated as it is over 9 months since 2nd dose. You will need Ehteraz approval, PCR testing, five days of quarantine and an Antigen test on day 5. To avoid quarantine you need to take a booster dose.

      1. thanks for your reply .. . .

        I can travel immediately after the booster dose or also some days should be pass over ….

        1. Doha Guides Team

          For Pfizer, Moderna, and Astra Zenica, you can travel immediately. For J&J, it is after seven days. For Siopharm, Sinovac, Sputnik, and Covaxin it is after 14 days.

  5. Hello,
    I will arrive in Doha at 5:20 am on a flight from Egypt.
    How will my 1-day quarantine work? As I arrive very early, will I be able to go to the quarantine hotel room? Will I have to take a Rapid Antigen Test to get out of quarantine? When?
    Thank you.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Carol, Please check the check-in time with your hotel. Normally this is from 2 or 3 pm. If there are enough free rooms, they may allow you to check in early. As your arrival is early morning, you need to discuss this with your hotel.

  6. Are Red List countries based on nationality or place of origin? We are from a country with standard health measures but will be in Nepal prior to our visit to Qatar. Will we need to quarantine on arrival?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Kyle, The classification is based on the country of departure. Vaccinated visitors arriving from Nepal will be subject to 1-day hotel quarantine. If you are a resident, you are exempted from quarantine. In either case, you need to do an antigen test upon arrival.

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