Posted on: July 24, 2021 Posted by: Editor Comments: 0

Qatar has announced on July 12 2021 that international travelers can now enter/cross their jurisdiction if they are fully vaccinated; the vaccines should mandatorily be approved by Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health. Currently, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford-Astrazeneca (including Covishield), Johnson & Johnson, and Sinopharm are approved by the Public Health Ministry, Qatar.

As per the latest announcement, vaccinated international travelers need not quarantine. However, all travelers including the vaccinated travelers ought to take PCR test 72 hours before the traveling date.

International travelers are advised to be updated on the covid-19 precautions in Qatar and other entry requirements before entering the country; currently, the entry requirements include registering their details on the ehteraz.gov.qa website and uploading proof of negative PCR results on the website. The Ehterax application policies do not apply to Diplomats, administrative cardholders, and VIP visitors.

The uploaded proof should contain the name of the traveler (the same should match with the passport), dates of the doses, the name of the vaccination, and the official logo of the vaccination authority.

If children below the age of 12 are traveling with vaccinated adults from green-listed countries then they will be exempted from quarantining; the former will be subject to quarantine along with their parents for a period of 7 days if they are coming from yellow and red-listed countries.

The travelers should make hotel reservations beforehand to enable entry into the country. Furthermore, international travelers ought to carry a valid permit card from the country to enable a boarding pass at the airport.

As a part of the latest local covid-precautions in Qatar, International travelers need to arrange for a domestic Qatari SIM card and download Ehteraz mobile app; a domestic Qatari SIM card will be available at the Hamad International Airport. This measure is taken because travelers would most definitely engage in social/public activities and would use public transportation as well.

International travelers have to make sure that their country is listed among the 80 countries mentioned in the latest announcement and if the travelers need to obtain a visa beforehand, the details have to be registered on the Ehteraz website.

International travelers can check the status of countries at https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/Pages/Countries-Classified-Low-Risk-of-COVID-19.aspx

For more details check out https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/travel-and-return-policy/Pages/default.aspx#:~:text=All%20passengers%20transiting%20through%20Qatar,QAR%20300%2F%2D%20per%20test.

Entry and exit requirements based on the destination can be accessed at https://www.qatarairways.com/en/travel-alerts/requirements.html