According to the announcement by Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), on 8th May 2021, citizens of GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Araba and UAE) are now allowed to enter the State of Qatar at any time, provided they follow the travel and return policy. Similarly, GCC residents from eligible countries can get visas on arrival.
This article explains the mandatory travel and quarantine rules for GCC citizens to enter Qatar.
If you are a GCC resident and citizen of an eligible country, please read this article on Qatar’s visa on arrival scheme.
06 OCTOBER 2021 UPDATE: Qatar has announced a new travel and quarantine policy which came into force on October 6, 2021. This article has been updated with the latest travel policy.
Travel Requirements for GCC Citizens & Residents
According to the MOPH travel and return policy, GCC citizens, their families, and their household workers are allowed to enter the State of Qatar at any time, provided they follow the travel and return policy.
Mandatory COVID-19 PCR Test Result
GCC citizens should have a mandatory pre-travel COVID-19 PCR test result valid for 72 hours before arrival to Qatar from a testing centre approved by their local health authority.
Registration on Ehteraz Website
2 DECEMBER 2021 UPDATE: Visitors should register through the Ehteraz website at least 3 days before arrival, and upload the required official documents. Ehteraz pre-arrival registration is optional for citizens and residents, while registration and obtaining prior approval is compulsory for visitors. See our detailed guide to Ehteraz Pre-Travel Registration here.
Installation of Ehteraz Mobile App
All travellers are required to install and activate Qatar’s COVID-19 mobile app called “Ehteraz” on their mobile phone using locally authorized SIM cards (Ooredoo or Vodafone).
Quarantine Rules for GCC Citizens
GCC citizens, their families, and their household workers who were unvaccinated or did not meet the quarantine exemption criteria explained below should be hotel quarantined at their own expense. The period of quarantine depends upon the colour code assigned to your country of departure.
The below rules apply if you are a visitor from a green list country:
|Vaccinated travellers from green list country||No quarantine|
|Unvaccinated travellers from a green list country (except pre-issued family visas)||7 Days Hotel Quarantine|
|Unvaccinated travellers from a green list country: First-degree relatives including children under the age of 18 (pre-issued family visas).||7 Days Home Quarantine|
From 1st January 2022, UAE and Saudi Arabia will be under Red List. The hotel quarantine package should be booked through the Discover Qatar website before travelling to Qatar.
Exemption for Fully Vaccinated Individuals
Fully vaccinated GCC citizens who received any of the COVID-19 vaccines recognized in Qatar with at least 14 days since the last dose and present an official vaccination card or certificate are exempted from quarantine. The validity of the vaccine to grant quarantine exemption is 12 months, starting 14 days after the second dose.
Only the following vaccines will be accepted by Qatar’s MOPH:
- Pfizer BioNTech (two doses)
- Moderna (two doses)
- AstraZeneca/Covishield (two doses)
- Janssen/Johnson & Johson (one dose)
- Sinopharm, Sinovac, Sputnik V and Covaxin are conditionally approved vaccines*.
*Serology Antibody test with a positive result is mandatory before travelling to Qatar for people with two doses of conditionally approved vaccines and 14 days after the second dose, in which case only the traveller 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 vaccination certificate with a valid QR Code that includes the following information:
- Name of the recipient as mentioned in their passport
- Vaccination date clearly written as 1st and/or 2nd dose
- Type/Name of vaccine
- Serial number of the vaccine batch (if available)
Exemption for Previously Infected Persons
GCC citizens who have been previously infected with COVID-19 and have then received a single dose of vaccine may be exempted from quarantine once two weeks after vaccination have elapsed. This will be subject to proper certification and a pre-arrival PCR test with a negative result.
The same exemption can be applied to those who have been infected after receiving a single dose of vaccine once two weeks has elapsed.
The exemption from quarantine applies to GCC citizens entering Qatar through either Hamad International Airport or the Abu Samra land crossing.
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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Sources: MOPH, Ministry of Interior, Discover Qatar
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