Qatar: Updated Travel and Return Policy

October 7, 2021

Key Points  

  • The government of Qatar announced that it will list countries by categories  
  • Updated entry requirements are provided based on vaccination status  

Overview

On Oct. 6, 2021, Qatar classified countries into a list of Green, Red and Exceptional Red countries based on international and local health risk indicators and COVID-19 rates in each country.  

Fully vaccinated citizens of Qatar and residents returning from Green List countries: 

  • Will be exempt from the 7-day quarantine; 
  • Must take a PCR test within 36 hours of arrival  

Unvaccinated citizens and residents returning from a Green List country:  

  • Will have to quarantine for 7 days; 
  • Must take a PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival 

All travelers arriving from Green list countries, regardless of vaccination status will be required to present proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival. Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for 7 days; fully vaccinated travelers will be exempt from quarantine.  

Citizens and residents arriving from a Red List country must: 

  •  Provide proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival, regardless of vaccination status  

Fully vaccinated travelers arriving from a Red List country must: 

  • Provide proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival; and  
  • Must take another PCR test at the designated quarantine location for two days or until the results are negative 

Unvaccinated travelers arriving from a Red List country: 

  • Must provide proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival; and  
  • Complete a 7-day quarantine  

Fully vaccinated citizens and residents arriving from an Exceptional Red list country must: 

  • Provide proof of a negative PCR test taken with 72 hours of arrival;  
  • Take a PCR test within 36 hours of arriving at the designated quarantine location; and  
  • Complete a 2-day quarantine or have a negative test result  

Unvaccinated citizens and residents arriving from an Exceptional Red list country must:  

  • Provide proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival; and  
  • Complete a 7-day quarantine  

Fully vaccinated travelers arriving from an Exceptional Red list country must: 

  • Provide proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival; 
  • Take a PCR test within 36 hours of arriving at the designated quarantine location; and  
  • Complete a 2-day quarantine or have a negative test result  

Unvaccinated travelers will not be allowed to enter Qatar.  

What are the Changes?  

The government of Qatar has created a new list of country categories that impact entry requirements for citizens, residents and foreign nationals.  

Looking Ahead

Passengers travelling to Qatar must download and activate the Ehteraz app on their mobile devices upon arrival at Qatar’s entry ports. Continue to check Qatar’s government website for updates and Envoy’s website for further information.  

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Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative. 

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