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    LOW MEDICAL RISK for Qatar
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Qatar


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): High -

Inbound travel significantly restricted for most travellers.

Only citizens and those who meet certain criteria for exemption  may enter. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Very Low -

Health and security constraints to business operations are broadly similar to pre-COVID-19.

The medical systems are at similar operating levels to pre-COVID-19, and the authorities are able to respond to medical and security threats as before. BCP should include response for potential COVID-19 disruption as standard within existing operational planning and clear escalatory indicators.

RestrictionsInboundBorder restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions
- Flights from the UK are suspended.

(until further notice)
Entry rules

• Inbound travel for local nationals / residents
- Qatari citizens, Qatari residents, vaccinated GCC citizens are allowed to enter.
- Resident permit holders can enter provided they have approval from the government. Pre-approved QID resident permit holders are required to obtain ‘Exceptional Entry Permit’ approval via the Qatar Portal. Regular resident permit holders currently in Qatar will automatically receive an exceptional entry permit upon departure. Entry permits can be applied for via the 'Qatar Portal' website: https://portal.www.gov.qa/wps/portal/qsports/home/!ut/p/a1/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfGjzOJNHT0cDT2dDdwtfL0tDAJ9LS0sgl0tjNxdzYEKIoEKDHAARwNC-sP1o8BK8JhQkBthkO6oqAgAA_z24g!!/dl5/d5/L0lDUmlTUSEhL3dHa0FKRnNBLzRKVXBDQSEhL2Vu/?changeLanguage=en

• Inbound travel for 'third country' nationals
- Foreign nationals on tourist visas cannot enter.

There are special requirements for travellers coming from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. See respective sections.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements
• Who needs to test + Type of test and timeframe?
- All travellers, including those who were vaccinated and those who recovered from COVID-19, need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours before their arrival in Qatar. Tests should be taken in a medical center approved by the local Ministry of Health in the country of origin.

- All travellers whose COVID-19 PCR test certificate expired or do not hold one must undergo PCR test on arrival at their own expense. Those who hold Entry Permit with remark ‘Mukhaines Quarantine’ will not be allowed to board/cross any land border.

- Travellers coming into Qatar by land via the Abu Samra crossing (Salwa crossing in Saudi Arabia) crossing with Saudi Arabia must present a negative PCR taken not more than 72 hours prior to crossing.

- All passengers whose original flight is from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka, whether they are travelling through direct flight or via other countries (transit), are subject to mandatory PCR testing done 48 hours before departure. Boarding the flight to Qatar without a valid negative PCR certificate is not possible. All arrivals from those countries must undergo a PCR test at the quarantine facility within one day of arrival. The PCR test will be repeated during and before the end of the quarantine period (see Quarantine section).

(until further notice)
Quarantine requirements

• Who must quarantine and for how long and where can this be done?

By land:
- Travellers coming into Qatar by land via the Salwa border crossing with Saudi Arabia are required to quarantine in a hotel for seven days.

By air:
- All incoming travellers are subject to a period of quarantine, which depends on the country of origin and vaccination status. Qatar authorities keep a 'green country' list which is updated biweekly. Travellers must be in these countries for at least 72 hours to have eased quarantine rules applicable to them. The list can be found here: https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/Pages/Countries-Classified-Low-Risk-of-COVID-19.aspx

- Green countries: Travellers can self-isolate at their private residence but they must sign a formal pledge to adhere to home-quarantine for seven days.

- Non-green countries: Quarantine must be conducted in a designated hotel for seven days that should be pre-booked on the 'Discover Qatar' portal (https://www.discoverqatar.qa/welcome-home/ ). On the sixth day of quarantine, travellers must go to a dedicated health centre to get another COVID-19 PCR test done. If the results are positive, travellers will be transferred to further isolation. The quarantine period for those who use Mekhaines (shared quarantine) facilities will be two weeks. The decision is based on national and international epidemiology statistics.

- Travellers from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka: They must undergo a mandatory institutionalised ten-day quarantine bookable at https://www.qatarairwaysholidays.com/qa-en/welcome-home-7-night-booking/overview , or a 14-day quarantine if they are at Mekhaines facility. Home-quarantine criteria is not applicable for travellers coming from these countries, including the exemptions due to vaccination or recovery from a previous infection with the virus during the past six months.

- For foreign residents/workers allowed entry, the employer shall bear the costs of quarantine in the dedicated facilities for blue collar workers in the private sector and domestic workers at a nominal cost after obtaining the entry permit.

• Exemptions
- Diplomats and their family members holding MOFA-issued IDs and Admin cardholders.

- Vaccinated citizens, residents and GCC nationals are exempt from quarantine requirements, provided that the vaccines are recognised by the Ministry of Public Health in Qatar and a negative PCR test result is taken before returning to Qatar. However, a period of 14 days must pass after receiving the final dose of vaccine before returning to Qatar. Travellers who arrive before this 14-day period elapses will be required to self-isolate in their accommodation for a period of seven days or until 14 days have passed since the last dose, whichever is shorter. This exemption is valid for a period of nine months, starting 14 days after the last dose. Unvaccinated children under the age of 18 will be required to undergo a mandatory hotel quarantine for a period of seven days. A parent or guardian will also be required to quarantine with the child they are accompanying regardless of their vaccination status. Travellers who have received a recognised vaccine outside of Qatar must provide an official vaccination card or certificate from the country where the vaccine was obtained. Alternatively, residents and citizens who have received their vaccines in Qatar must ensure that their vaccination information is updated on the Ehteraz app. The following vaccines are recognised by the Ministry Public Health: Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Janssen/Johnson&Johnson and Sinopharm.

- People who have recovered from COVID-19 and do not show symptoms of infection will be exempt from quarantine, provided that they have proof from an official laboratory, and they fulfill the criteria after the end of their health isolation. This should be within nine months of the first positive result of the COVID-19 test. However, if a recovered person from COVID-19 who meets the requirements for exemption from quarantine develops symptoms similar to those of COVID-19 within 14 days of coming into contact with an infected person, they must self-isolate.

Please consult this website for more information: https://www.gco.gov.qa/en/travel/#:~:text=The%20State%20of%20Qatar%20currently%20is%20allowing%20inbound%20travel%20to%20the%20country.&text=For%20those%20expected%20to%20stay,be%20extended%20at%20any%20time"

(until further notice)

Documentation required
All arriving passengers must fill in and complete the Health Assessment form prior to arrival to Qatar: https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/Documents/PDFs/HEALTH%20ASSESSMENT%20FORM%20ENGLISH%2019012021.pdf
(until further notice)
Transit

- For travellers transiting Qatar with onward flights to another country, a PCR is not required for transiting Qatar; however, they may be required to present a negative PCR if any other intermediate transit point or their destination country requires it.

- Transit passengers coming from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka must have a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours to transit Qatar. Maximum transit time is 24 hours.
(until further notice)
Other
- The EHTERAZ mobile app must be installed on mobile phones.
- Approved COVID-19 testing facilities in Canada, Germany, Greece, Sweden, Turkey and the UK can be found here: https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/Pages/Countries-Classified-Low-Risk-of-COVID-19.aspx
(until further notice)
Summary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccine requirements? Yes
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? Yes
(Until further notice)
OutboundBorder restrictions

Flights to the UK are suspended.
(Until further notice)
Exit rules
- Qatari nationals and permanent residents are allowed to travel abroad. Those travelling to non-low-risk countries must book a hotel quarantine package from the listed hotels on the “Discover Qatar” website before traveling.
(Until further notice)
Summary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any exit restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(until further notice)
Internal / DomesticRestrictions on internal travel
• What restrictions are in place
The following measures are in place:

- All citizens and residents must continue to activate their ‘EHTERAZ’ app on their smartphones when leaving the house for any reason.
- Mosques shall continue opening for daily and Friday prayers, but children under seven years of age are not allowed inside. Toilets and ablution facilities must remain closed. The Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs will determine the other precautionary measures.
- A maximum of ten people who have completed doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are allowed to be in closed places in homes, or a maximum of five people if one of them did not complete both vaccine doses. A maximum of 20 people who have completed both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, or ten people who have not completed or did not receive doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in outdoor areas of homes.
- Weddings are allowed at independent wedding halls and wedding halls in hotels with a maximum capacity of 40 people, provided at least 75% of the attendees have completed both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Gatherings or sitting in public parks, beaches and the corniche are allowed for a maximum of ten people or family members residing in the same house. Individual sports such as walking, running and cycling are allowed, while continuing to close playgrounds and sports equipment in those places. Private beaches can reopen if they do not exceed 40% of their capacity.
- No car is allowed to have more than four passengers including the driver, with the exception of family members residing in the same house when leaving and moving in vehicles.
- Buses must continue to operate at half their capacity, while taking the precautionary measures.
- Metro services and public transport services will resume at a maximum capacity of 30% throughout the week. Inside these services, smoking areas are closed, and eating and drinking is banned.
(Until further notice)
Restrictions on businesses
- The maximum capacity at private healthcare facilities is reduced to 70% and to 30% in shopping centres.
- Food courts in shopping centres remain closed and can only operate for takeaway and delivery orders.
- Qatar has decided to allow 80% of employees in the government sector in each business entity to resume work from their office. In addition, all employees in the public and private sector must carry out a rapid antigen test that is accredited by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), on a weekly basis. This applies to employees who did not receive or continue all the doses of their COVID-19 vaccines. Those who did take both doses, recovered from the disease, or those whose health condition would not allow them to be tested based on a medical report accredited by MoPH, are exempt from taking the rapid antigen test.
(until further notice)
Other social distancing measures
• General
Face masks must be worn at all times, except when driving alone in a vehicle.

• Gatherings
Gatherings in parks and at beaches are not permitted.
• Entertainment venues
Leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools are closed and shopping malls are operating at a reduced capacity of 30% while cinemas operate at 20% capacity.
• Other
All citizens and residents are required to download the Ehteraz app, which has been introduced by the government for COVID-19 tracking purposes.
(until further notice)
Penalties
Failure to abide by these measures may result in legal repercussions. The security forces are conducting mobile patrols and have established checkpoints to ensure compliance.
(until further notice)
Summary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? No
• Can businesses operate? Restricted
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)
Planned changes and internal conditionsSummary - Changes to the following measures:
• Border restrictions? No
• Entry restrictions? No
• Testing requirements? No
• Quarantine requirements? No
• Vaccination requirements? No
• Transit restrictions? No
• COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Internal restrictions? No
• Outbound restrictions? No
• Other restrictions? No
(until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Qatar

COVID-19 information for Qatar

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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The overall risks associated with travel to Qatar are rated as low. Visitors are most likely to be affected by road traffic accidents and associated disruption. While crime levels are significantly lower than in Western cities, non-violent crime, such as petty and opportunistic theft, occurs occasionally; sensible security precautions should be taken. Unaccompanied women can sometimes face verbal harassment.

Violent crime rarely affects foreign nationals. Terrorism represents a latent risk, despite a lack of militant activity in recent years. As elsewhere in the Gulf region, diplomatic, military and defence industry personnel, especially those belonging to or associated with the US and the UK, are at the highest risk from Islamist extremists.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Qatar
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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PolioVaccination is required for entry into Qatar for
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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