International Travel Restrictions and Policies

Allowed

Entry into Qatar From South Africa is Allowed with Additional Requirements

Description

Fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to enter Qatar.

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Qatar Toursim
Start Date
7/26/2021
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Before You Leave

Mandatory

Proof of negative COVID-19 test results

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Description

All travelers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken from an accredited COVID-19 testing center a maximum of 72 hours before arrival in Qatar.

Testing Options
  • A Pcr Test Up To 72 hours Before Arrival
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Qatar Portal
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Mandatory

Mandatory proof of vaccination

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Description

Travelers who are fully vaccinated must present proof of being fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the Qatari Ministry of Public health and that 14 days have passed since they received the 2nd dose.

Travelers unable to present a valid certificate may be required to comply with rules for unvaccinated travelers.

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Vaccines approved in Qatar are Pfizer and BioNTech, Moderna, Covishiled (AstraZeneca), Janssen/Johnson & Johnson. Sinopharm vaccines are conditionally approved, travelers will need to take an antibody test upon arrival. If the result is negative, they shall be exempt from the quarantine requirements.

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Qatar Government
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Mandatory

Mandatory travel authorization form

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Description

Residents of Qatar and their family members holding QIDs can return to Qatar after an employer, government or private sector applies for an entry permit for them.

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Qatari Government
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On Arrival

Mandatory

COVID-19 test required on arrival

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Description

Fully vaccinated travelers from selected countries must take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Qatar at their own expense.

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Not Required

No quarantine required for vaccinated travelers

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Description

Travelers who are fully vaccinated from selected countries are not required to quarantine on arrival. Travelers must present proof of being fully vaccinated and that 14 days have passed since they received the 2nd dose.

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Different rules apply to children under the age of 12. Please check the source for more information.

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Qatar Government
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While You're There

Mandatory

Masks are mandatory in public

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Description

Travellers must wear masks while in public places.

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UK Government - Qatar
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COVID-19 Risk Information

Very High Risk
COVID-19 transmission is very high in Qatar.
Daily New Cases Per Millionmore information indicator
45.92
Increased by-6.82
at 9/17/2021
Positive Test Ratemore information indicator
2.60%
Increased by-0.50%
at 9/15/2021
Percent Vaccinatedmore information indicator
80.54%
Increased by0.78%
at 9/11/2021
People Vaccinatedmore information indicator
2,360,308
Increased by22,824
at 9/11/2021
Reproduction Ratemore information indicator
0.79
Increased by-0.09
at 9/14/2021

Data is sourced from Our World In Data, and risk levels are assessed and scored based on the CDC guidelines.

Local Guidelines

General

Nationwide gathering limits are in place. Indoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 15 fully vaccinated people and 5 unvaccinated people or mixed groups. Outdoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 30 fully vaccinated people and 10 unvaccinated people or mixed groups. It is compulsory to download Qatar’s contact tracing app, EHTERAZ, and to have access to it on a smart device whenever leaving the house. Full details can be found at https://covid19.moph.gov....
Last Checked
9/16/2021

Use of mask

local guidelines for use of mask
Status
Required
Severity
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Face masks are required in all public spaces and while on public transport.

Public transportation

local guidelines for public transportation
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Restrictions in place
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Public transportation is operating with limits to capacity in place. Only those with a 'green' status on the EHTERAZ APP will be allowed to board.

Restaurants

local guidelines for restaurants
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Restrictions in place
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Restaurants are open at reduced capacity. Only those with a 'green' status on the EHTERAZ APP will be allowed entry.

Bars

local guidelines for bars
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Closed
Severity
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Bars remain closed to limit the rate of transmission.

Nightclubs

local guidelines for nightclubs
Status
Closed
Severity
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Nightclubs remain closed to limit the rate of transmission.

Shops

local guidelines for shops
Status
Restrictions in place
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Shops are open at reduced capacity with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer, face masks, and social distancing. Pre-entry temperature checks may be conducted. Only those with a 'green' status on the EHTERAZ APP will be allowed entry.

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