Important Update on 26 April 2021
The following exemption will not be applicable for travellers coming from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Travellers from these countries are required to undergo mandatory 10-day hotel quarantine even if they are vaccinated. Please check the latest updates about the travel and quarantine policy.
Quarantine Exemption for Vaccinated Travellers from Other Countries
Due to the global pandemic situation, the State of Qatar has made seven-day 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 the COVID-19 vaccine outside Qatar are now exempt from hotel quarantine if they meet certain criteria.
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. The vaccine must be approved by MOPH
The vaccine received must be approved by the Ministry of Public Health in Qatar, Currently, only five brands of COVID-19 vaccines are approved by MOPH. They are:
- Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine
- Moderna vaccine
- AstraZeneca vaccine
- Johnson & Johnson vaccine
- Covishield vaccine (Mandatory quarantine is required if travelling from India)
2. Completion of the required doses
A person must have completed the specified doses as below:
|Vaccine Brand||Specified Dose|
|Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine||Two doses|
|Moderna vaccine||Two doses|
|AstraZeneca vaccine||Two doses|
|Johnson & Johnson vaccine||One dose|
|Covishield vaccine||Two doses|
3. 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.
4. 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.
Please contact MOPH directly at [email protected] to confirm that you meet the above criteria and that you are exempt from quarantine.
5. Negative PCR Test Result
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.
The Ehteraz health status will remain green for all persons who meet the above-mentioned criteria and therefore will be exempted from hotel and home quarantine upon entering Qatar.
If the recipient of the vaccine did not complete the 2 weeks post-vaccination, Citizens and Residents should be subjected to home quarantine for 7 days or until they complete the remaining of the 2 weeks, whichever is shorter. However, visitors from GCC who didn’t complete the (14) days post-vaccination, are hotel quarantined for (7) days.
If you have already booked a quarantine hotel and are now exempt from quarantine, please send confirmation as received from [email protected] along with your booking reference to [email protected] no later than 48 hours before arrival, and Discover Qatar will cancel your booking and issue a full refund. Please note refunds can take up to 60 days.
It is the responsibility of individuals to ensure that they are updated with any changes in the Entry and Return policy of the State of Qatar, the COVID-19 Green Listed Countries, and the approved testing centres abroad through the official sources before planning their trip.
NOTE: Currently, only nationals, permanent residents, and those with pre-approved entry permits can enter Qatar. As these policies are subject to change at any time, please check the MOPH website before making a travel decision.
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 five vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson & Covishield.
Is Covishield or Covaxin from India accepted for exemption?
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 6 months, starting 14 days after the final dose.
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