(14 July 2021)
The State of Qatar has re-opened its borders to
international travellers who have been fully vaccinated against
COVID19, as long as the vaccines have been approved for use by the
Ministry of Public Health in Qatar.
A new streamlined set of measures designed to make
travelling to Qatar as easy as possible, while maintaining the
necessary precautions to continue to protect against the spread of
COVID-19, has been implemented and is effective immediately.
The new measures will allow people who are fully
vaccinated to visit Qatar without the need for quarantine.
The new arrangements will also make it easier for
citizens and residents of Qatar to travel in and out of the
country, enabling fully vaccinated people to bypass the quarantine
requirement when returning to Qatar.
All visitors – vaccinated or non-vaccinated – will
be required to undertake a PCR test up to 72 hours prior to
However, travellers are advised to check the entry
requirements of the country they are travelling from and will
return to from Qatar, before booking any flights and should
understand that policies at home and abroad can change with very
In order to visit Qatar – international visitors,
citizens and residents – must register and upload required
documentation such as a vaccination certificate, valid PCR test up
to 72 hours prior to travel, and personal details through the ‘Ehteraz’
Travellers have to apply for the authorization
through the ‘Ehteraz’ website at least 12 hours before their
planned departure to Qatar.
All in-bound travellers are advised to submit
their application as soon as they have all their required
documentation, to ensure they can board their flights as planned.
Airlines are advised to only let passengers board who have a valid
travel authorisation for Qatar from the above effective date.
In addition, visitor visa rules apply for certain
nationalities. Over 80 nationalities can visit Qatar with a free
‘visa on arrival’, however those requiring a visitor visa are
advised to first obtain a visitor visa and then apply for their
travel authorisation on the ‘Ehteraz’ website. Visitors will also
require a confirmed hotel booking to visit Qatar.
In addition, all travellers are required to
download and activate the ‘Ehteraz’ mobile app which requires a
domestic Qatari SIM card. A SIM card can be purchased from either
Ooredoo or Vodafone on arrival at Hamad International Airport
Upon activation, visitors will be able to
participate in public activities such as visiting malls,
restaurants, museums, or using taxis or public transportation.
Wearing face masks – indoors as well as outdoors,
and at all times – is mandatory in Qatar.
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