Qatar Travel And Quarantine Rules (Updated June 2022)

23 MARCH 2022 UPDATE: Qatar MOPH has updated the list of countries subject to COVID-19 Red Health Measures. The new list comes into effect on Saturday, 26 March 2022 at 7 pm arrival time in Qatar. MOPH removed Georgia and Jordan from the list, and now it has seven countries – Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka.

Qatar Travel And Quarantine Rules have been updated with effect from 16 March 2022. Below are the updated guidelines as per MOPH:

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

  • A – Qatar Citizens
  • B – Residents
  • C – GCC Citizens (who are non-residents)
  • D – Visitors

Travel and Quarantine Rules are different for each category, as explained below:

Country Classification

Classification of countries has been changed to two broad groups:

  • Countries with Standard Health Measures
  • Countries with Red Health Measures

Countries Subject to COVID-19 Red Health Measures​

The following countries will be subject to Red Health Measures:

  1. Bangladesh
  2. Egypt
  3. India
  4. Nepal
  5. Pakistan
  6. Philippines
  7. Sri Lanka

All other countries will be following Standard Health Measures. The above list has been updated with effect from 26 March 2022.


Qatar Travel And Quarantine Rules

A- Qatar Citizens

Standard Health Measures

COVID-19 Test Before Traveling to QatarType & Duration of QuarantineCOVID-19 Test On Arrival in Qatar
Fully Vaccinated / RecoveredNot requiredExempted from quarantineRapid Antigen Test within 24 hours of arrival
Unvaccinated / Non-immuneNot required5 days Home quarantinePCR test within 24 hours of arrival, plus Rapid Antigen Test on day 5 of home quarantine

Red Health Measures

COVID-19 Test Before Traveling to QatarType & Duration of QuarantineCOVID-19 Test On Arrival in Qatar
Fully Vaccinated / RecoveredNot requiredExempted from quarantineRapid Antigen Test within 24 hours of arrival
Unvaccinated / Non-immuneMust submit a negative pre-travel PCR lab result with a validity of 48 hours from departure time at the country of origin5 days Home quarantineRapid Antigen Test on day 5 of Home quarantine

B- Residents

Standard Health Measures

COVID-19 Test Before Traveling to QatarType & Duration of QuarantineCOVID-19 Test On Arrival in Qatar
Fully Vaccinated / RecoveredNot requiredExempted from quarantineRapid Antigen Test within 24 hours of arrival
Unvaccinated / Non-immuneNot required5 days Home quarantinePCR test within 24 hours of arrival, plus Rapid Antigen Test on day 5 of home quarantine

Red Health Measures

COVID-19 Test Before Traveling to QatarType & Duration of QuarantineCOVID-19 Test On Arrival in Qatar
Fully Vaccinated / RecoveredNot requiredExempted from quarantineRapid Antigen Test within 24 hours of arrival
Unvaccinated / Non-immuneMust submit a negative pre-travel PCR lab result with a validity of 48 hours from departure time at the country of origin5 days Hotel quarantineRapid Antigen Test on day 5 of Hotel quarantine

C- GCC Citizens (who are non-residents)

Standard Health Measures

COVID-19 Test Before Traveling to QatarType & Duration of QuarantineCOVID-19 Test On Arrival in Qatar
Fully Vaccinated / RecoveredPre-Travel RT-PCR is Optional Exempted from quarantineRapid Antigen Test in private clinic within 24hrs of arrival (this is not required in case of presenting Pre-travel RT-PCR upon arrival)
Unvaccinated / Non-immuneMust submit a negative pre-travel PCR lab result with a validity of 48 hours from departure time at the country of origin​5 days Hotel, or Home quarantine for those with first-degree relatives (on condition that proof of relationship and residence is provided)Rapid Antigen Test on day 5 of Hotel/Home quarantine

Red Health Measures

COVID-19 Test Before Traveling to QatarType & Duration of QuarantineCOVID-19 Test On Arrival in Qatar
Fully Vaccinated / RecoveredMust submit a negative pre-travel PCR lab result with a validity of 48 hours from departure time at the country of origin​1-day Hotel quarantineRapid Antigen Test on day 1 of Hotel quarantine
Unvaccinated / Non-immuneMust submit a negative pre-travel PCR lab result with a validity of 48 hours from departure time at the country of origin​5 days Hotel quarantineRapid Antigen Test on day 5 of Hotel quarantine

D- Visitors

Standard Health Measures

COVID-19 Test Before Traveling to QatarType & Duration of QuarantineCOVID-19 Test On Arrival in Qatar
Fully Vaccinated / RecoveredOptional:
Pre-travel RT-PCR if the traveller is a resident of a GCC country or an EU national/resident.

Mandatory:
negative RT-PCR is required for other travellers
Exempted from quarantineIf a resident of GCC country or an EU national/resident who does not have a pre-travel PCR, the traveller must proceed to any authorized private clinics for Rapid Antigen test within 24hrs of arrival; otherwise, not applicable.
Unvaccinated / Non-immuneMust submit a negative pre-travel PCR lab result with a validity of 48 hours from departure time at the country of origin​5 days Hotel, or Home quarantine for those with first-degree relatives (on condition that proof of relationship and residence is provided)Rapid Antigen Test on day 5 of Hotel/Home quarantine

Red Health Measures

COVID-19 Test Before Traveling to QatarType & Duration of QuarantineCOVID-19 Test On Arrival in Qatar
Fully Vaccinated / RecoveredMust submit a negative pre-travel PCR lab result with a validity of 48 hours from departure time at the country of origin​1-day Hotel quarantineRapid Antigen Test on day 1 of Hotel quarantine
Unvaccinated / Non-immuneNO ENTRY

Travel Policy For Children

Unvaccinated children below the age of 12 years travelling with fully vaccinated or recovered parent/s will follow the same rules that apply to their parent/s and are not required to have a pre-travel PCR test but only a post-arrival test (Rapid Antigen Test) at the following locations:

  • Citizens and Residents: at any public/private clinic within 24 hours of arrival in Qatar but must sign an Undertaking form.
  • GCC Citizens (non-resident) and Visitors: if parent/s are exempted from quarantine, testing for children will be at the port of entry (airport, land, sea) upon arrival in Qatar; if parent/s are subject to hotel quarantine, testing will be at the quarantine hotel.

Requirements for Travellers Coming To Qatar

1. Register Through Ehteraz Website

Non-residents 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.  

16 MARCH 2022 UPDATE: GCC and European Union (EU) nationals and residents who meet the immunity criteria, can use the authorized health information app for COVID-19 from their county and will not need to complete the Ehteraz pre-travel registration.

Performing a pre-travel PCR test is now optional for GCC and EU nationals and residents (unless the country of departure is listed in the Red Health Measures). Travellers who do not perform a pre-travel PCR test must have a Rapid Antigen Test at an authorized medical centre within 24 hours of arrival in Qatar. Travellers with pre-travel PCR tests are exempt from a Rapid Antigen Test after arrival.

Pre-travel registration remains optional for citizens and residents of Qatar. 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. RT-PCR Test (For some categories)

Although uploading the PCR test result is not mandatory during the electronic pre-registration process, travellers who are required to have a pre-travel PCR test must present the original copy of the PCR test result to the airlines in order to allow them to board the plane, or at the country’s ports (land and sea).

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. COVID-19 Test on Arrival

Self-testing of Rapid Antigen is not applicable to travellers. Post-travel/upon arrival Rapid Antigen Testing must be conducted at an authorized healthcare facility: (Please see our post-travel testing policy for detailed instructions) as follows:

a.​ Citizens and Residents: at any public (PHCC) or Private clinic.

b. GCC Citizens (non-resident) and Visitors: anyone subject to home quarantine with first-degree relatives shall have their testing done at any authorized private clinics; for unvaccinated children below 12 yrs old who are accompanied by parent/s exempted from quarantine, testing will be at the port of entry (airport, land, sea).

c. Travelers who are subject to hotel quarantine will have their testing done at the hotel.

Travellers should not go to work or mix with others until the Rapid Antigen Test result is out.

Travellers arriving in Qatar should go to the COVID-19 test clinic at the entry port in case of any COVID-19-related symptoms and take the necessary isolation measures.


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 (Comirnaty)​Sinopharm
Moderna (SpikeVax)Sinovac
​AstraZeneca​ (Covishield / Oxford / Vaxzevria)Sputnik V
Janssen / Johnson&Johnson (One dose)Covaxin

Immunity Status

Fully Vaccinated: Anyone who received any of the following COVID-19 vaccine 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; If the traveller is unable to take a Serology Antibody test in the country of origin or if the Antibody test result appears negative, the traveller must undergo relevant quarantine for 5 days;

For those who received booster doses using MOPH approved vaccines immune status is extended to 12 months from 14 days after the booster dose and a Serology Antibody test is no longer required.

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 any of the above criteria.

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

Covid Health Apps Accepted in Qatar

For GCC nationals and GCC residents who meet the immunity criteria, the following COVID health app used in any of the GCC countries shall be honoured and accepted in Qatar in lieu of online pre-travel registration on the condition that it reflects Immune status:​

​Bahrain​BeAware Bahrain
Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaTawakkalna
​KuwaitShlonik
Oman​Tarassud
United Arab EmiratesAl Hosn

COVPass health app for EU nationals and EU residents shall be accepted in Qatar in lieu of online registration on condition that they meet the immunity criteria and reflected in the COVPass app.

Travelers who hold any of the above health apps shall be exempted from online registration and are required to proceed to any authorized private clinics for Rapid Antigen Test within 24hours of their arrival in Qatar.

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 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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