According to the announcement by Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), on 8th May 2021, citizens and residents of GCC countries (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain) are now allowed to enter the State of Qatar at any time, provided they follow the travel and return policy.
This article explains the mandatory travel and quarantine rules for GCC residents to enter Qatar.
Travel Requirements for GCC Residents
According to MOPH travel and return policy, GCC residents, 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 and residents should have a mandatory pre-travel COVID-19 PCR test result valid for 72 hours before arrival to Qatar from a testing center approved by their local health authority.
Installation of Ehteraz Mobile App
Travellers are required to install and activate Qatar’s COVID-19 mobile app called “Ehteraz” on their mobile phone using locally authorized SIM cards.
Quarantine Rules for GCC Residents
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 for a week.
The hotel quarantine package should be booked through the Discover Qatar website before travelling to the State of Qatar, and their health status on the Ehteraz app will be yellow.
Exemption for Fully Vaccinated Individuals
Fully vaccinated GCC citizens and residents 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.
Only the following vaccines will be accepted by MOPH:
- Pfizer BioNTech
- Covishield (Astrazeneca)
- Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
Exemption for Children
Non-vaccinated children below 18 years of age travelling to Qatar with their fully vaccinated parents are hotel quarantined for (7) days, provided that the booking made through “Discover Qatar” before their arrival to Qatar.
On the condition that one of the parents can be exempted, while the other quarantined with the children and his/her health status on Ehteraz app will turn yellow which means they are under quarantine. During the quarantine period, the parents cannot exchange their roles.
Exemption for Previously Infected Persons
GCC citizens and residents 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 correct 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 and residents entering Qatar through either Hamad International Airport or the Abu Samra land crossing.
Documents required for quarantine exemption
GCC citizens and residents must present the following documents to be eligible for quarantine exemption:
- An approved vaccination certificate with the date of their single dose;
- An approved medical certificate showing the date of their COVID-19 infection;
- Negative PCR test result from swab taken within 72 hours prior to entering Qatar.
On Arrival PCR Test
GCC citizens and residents will be required to do PCR test at Hamad International Airport or Abu Samra upon arrival with additional fees of QR300 payable using a bank card or through an online link which will be sent to the individual’s mobile number immediately after registering in HIA or Abu Samra Clinics.
All of the quarantine exemptions mentioned above are not applicable to GCC citizens and its residents who are travelling into Qatar from any of the below 6 East Asian countries where mandatory hotel quarantine applies:
- Sri Lanka
NOTE: As these rules are subject to changes, kindly refer to the Ministry of Interior and MOPH official website before finalising your travel plans.
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