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 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 four brands of COVID-19 vaccines are approved by MOPH. They are:
- Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine
- Moderna vaccine
- AstraZeneca vaccine
- Johnson & Johnson vaccine
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|
3. Completion of 14 days
A period of 14 days must have passed from the date of receiving the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the same period following the second dose of the other vaccines indicated above.
4. Official vaccine certificate
A person vaccinated outside Qatar must present an official certificate or a vaccination card containing the following information:
- The person’s name as mentioned in his official documents
- The date of receipt of doses depending on the type of vaccine
- The name of the vaccine
- The serial number of the vaccine
- The official logo or the official seal of the vaccination facility
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 either taken at one of Qatar’s ports of entry OR at one of the vaccination centres accredited by the Ministry of Public Health abroad.
- 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 specified period of (14) days has not passed, citizens and residents returning to Qatar will be subject to home quarantine for (7) days or until the remaining of the (14) days has passed, whichever is shorter.
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.
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.
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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 four vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson.
Is Covishield or Covaxin from India accepted for exemption?
No, As per the clarification from HMC, currently, Covishield and Covaxin are not recognized by MOPH for quarantine exemption. The acceptance criteria may be changed later.
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 second dose.
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