Vaccinated Outside Qatar: How To Get Quarantine Exemption

Due to the global pandemic situation, the State of Qatar has made hotel quarantine mandatory for most travellers arriving from countries other than the Green List countries.

People who have been fully vaccinated from Qatar were already exempt from this requirement and now we have some good news for those vaccinated outside Qatar.

The Ministry of Public Health has announced that people who have received MOPH approved COVID-19 vaccines outside Qatar are now exempt from hotel quarantine if they meet certain criteria.

12 AUGUST 2021 UPDATE: Please note that this article does not apply to travellers from six south-east Asian countries (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka). They would be subject to 10 days hotel quarantine if they are vaccinated from outside Qatar and two days hotel quarantine if vaccinated from Qatar.

Below are the conditions to get quarantine exemption if vaccinated outside Qatar, as it was listed on the MOPH website:

Vaccinated Outside Qatar: Conditions for Quarantine Exemption

Persons who received COVID-19 vaccine outside Qatar are exempted from the hotel quarantine if they meet the following criteria:

1. Pre-Travel Approval Permit

12 JULY 2021 UPDATE: Visitors to Qatar are now required to get pre-travel approval by submitting all travel details and required documents on Ehteraz website. It is compulsory for all visitors to submit this request between 72 hours and 12 hours of travelling to Qatar. Here is our detailed guide on how to do Ehteraz pre-travel registration. Visitors without an approved permit will not be allowed to travel to Qatar.

2. The vaccine must be approved by MOPH

The vaccine received must be approved by the Ministry of Public Health in Qatar, Currently, the following COVID-19 vaccines are approved by MOPH:

  • Pfizer BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca/Covishield
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johson

Sinopharm is a conditionally approved vaccine and visitors vaccinated with both doses of Sinopharm have to undergo a COVID-19 antibody test upon arrival in Qatar. They should also book a hotel quarantine package in advance. If the additional test returns a negative result, they will be refunded according to the Discover Qatar check out policy. 

3. Completion of the required doses

A person must have completed the specified doses as below:

Vaccine BrandSpecified Dose
Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine Two doses
Moderna vaccineTwo doses
AstraZeneca / CovishieldTwo doses
Johnson & Johnson vaccineOne dose
Sinopharm*Two doses

*Conditionally approved as explained above.

4. Completion of 14 days

 Two weeks (14 weeks) should have passed since the second dose. For the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the requirement is two weeks from the first dose.

The period of validity of the quarantine exemption is 12 months, starting 14 days after the final dose.

5. Official Vaccine Certificate

A person vaccinated outside Qatar must present an official certificate or a vaccination card containing the following information: 

  • Name of the recipient
  • Date of vaccination by each dose
  • Type of the vaccine
  • The serial/batch number of the vaccine
  • The official logo and/or the official stamp of the vaccination authority/unit

If in doubt of the authenticity of the certificate, verification may be necessary through the embassy of the country where the vaccine was administered.

NOTE: Make sure your vaccination certificate has the date and records for both the doses (except for J&J). If your certificate has only details of the last dose, you need to provide valid proof of the first dose also.

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6. Negative PCR Test Result

Even if the person is vaccinated outside Qatar:

  • The person’s COVID-19 PCR test result must be negative.
  • The test should be taken at one of the laboratories accredited by the Ministry of Health in the country of departure (This is a compulsory requirement for all travellers).
  • The certificate validity should not exceed 72 hours upon arrival.

A negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours is compulsory for all travellers (vaccinated or unvaccinated) coming to Qatar.

Ehteraaz Status

The Ehteraz health status will remain green for all persons who meet the above-mentioned criteria and therefore will be exempted from the hotel and home quarantine upon entering Qatar.

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.

Reference: Qatar Airways – Discover Qatar

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FAQ on Quarantine Exception for Those Vaccinated Abroad


Which all vaccines are eligible for quarantine exception?

For the exemption, travellers must be immunised with any of these six vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca / Covishield, Johnson & Johnson, and Sinopharm.

Is Covishield or Covaxin from India accepted by Qatar?

As per the recent update, Covishield has been recognized by Qatar MOPH for quarantine exemption. However, Covaxin is not approved yet.

How long is the exemption valid for vaccinated people?

The period of validity of the quarantine exemption is 12 months, starting 14 days after the final dose.


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  1. If I am fully vaccinated with Covidshield in India, how many days I need to quarantine? It’s is 2 days or 10 days?

  2. I got 2 doses of covishield administered in India. Is it possible to update the vaccination status on Etheraz.

  3. If I take already covaacine if any alternative for hotel quarantine please I already done my second dose vaccine co vaccine so please take decision for this plz because we are very poor I already planning for qatar

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