En De
Total doses
given
7.3M
People fully
vaccinated
2.8M
% Fully
vaccinated
102.35%
Masks
Mask is required in all public indoor, public transport and all outdoor areas
COVID-19 test
Negative PCR test within 48 hours prior to departure is required
Quarantine
7 days required
Passenger Locator Form
Passengers must download the 'Ehteraz' tracking app onto their phone prior to arrival
Health form
Passengers may be required to hold proof of hotel quarantine accommodation
Vaccination
Passengers must hold an original Covid-19 vaccination certificate, exemptions apply
Insurance
Not required
Insurance
Passengers may need to obtain authorization to travel issued by local government
Pre-travel testing (vaccinated): PCR
Pre-travel testing (unvaccinated): PCR
Test on arrival (vaccinated): LFT
Test on arrival (unvaccinated): PCR / LFT / ISO

Full Restrictions:

30.05.2022

All travellers

A list of countries subject to ‘COVID-19 Red Health Measures’ can be found on the Ministry of Public Health website. The UK is not currently subject to these measures.

Before travelling to Qatar, visitors must have registered via the Ministry of Public Health’s pre-registration platform. Visitors who hold either the NHS UK COVID Pass app or the EU COVPass app (the EU digital COVID Certificate) are exempt from the requirement to pre-register.

Visitors should also download the Ehteraz app and activate this on arrival, through the use of either a local or international sim card. You will also be asked to complete and sign an ‘undertaking and acknowledgement form’ prior to arrival. This form is available on the Ministry of Public Health website, pre-registration platform, and airline online booking form.

British nationals holding a Qatar residence permit no longer require prior approval to return to Qatar. However, it is recommended that all residents complete pre-registration for return to Qatar using the pre-registration platform ahead of travel.

The Ministry of Public Health reserves the right to conduct random tests on travellers to Qatar through its air, land or sea ports. Thermal screening and temperature checks will take place on arrival.

Downloading Qatar’s track and trace app, Ehteraz, is mandatory for everyone in Qatar. You will be asked to show the app upon arrival.

If you are fully vaccinated

For the purposes of entry into Qatar, the Ministry of Public Health recognises the Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. To find out whether you qualify as fully vaccinated refer to the Ministry of Public Health website. This includes details on the recognised immunity validity period for each vaccine, and other conditionally approved vaccines.

A list of countries subject to ‘COVID-19 ‘Red Health Measures’ can be found on the Ministry of Public Health website. The UK is not currently subject to these measures.

Proof of vaccination status

The UK COVID Pass is now accepted on entry to Qatar as proof of vaccination. Holders of the pass (or one of the EU or GCC passes listed on the Ministry of Public Health Website) no longer need to pre-register before travelling to Qatar.

If you do not have a UK COVID Pass you will need to upload evidence of vaccination on the pre-registration platform.

If you have had a medically confirmed COVID-19 infection, acquired either in Qatar or overseas, you are considered to have immune status valid for twelve months from the date of the infection. An official and verifiable laboratory test result will be required as evidence of the past infection. For further guidance refer to the Ministry of Public Health website.

Vaccinated visitors

Fully vaccinated visitors travelling from countries not subject to ‘COVID-19 Red Health Measures’ must take a pre-departure PCR test within 48 hours of their flight departure time, with a negative result. No quarantine or testing on arrival is required. Visitors who hold a UK COVID Pass (or one of the EU or GCC passes listed on the Ministry of Public Health Website) are exempt from the requirement for a pre-departure PCR test.

Fully vaccinated visitors travelling from countries subject to ‘COVID-19 Red Health Measures’ must take a pre-departure PCR test within 48 hours of their flight departure time, with a negative result. You will be required to undergo a 1 day hotel quarantine (including unvaccinated children aged 12 or under), where a rapid antigen test will be conducted on day 1. All hotel quarantine packages need to be booked through the Discover Qatar website.

Vaccinated residents

British nationals holding a Qatar residence permit no longer require prior approval to return to Qatar. However, it is recommended that all residents complete pre-registration for return to Qatar using the pre-registration platform ahead of travel.

Fully vaccinated residents returning to Qatar no longer need to undertake a pre-departure PCR test or quarantine on arrival, irrespective of whether the country of departure is subject to ‘COVID-19 Red Health Measures’.

Fully vaccinated residents will need to undergo a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arrival. This applies to all residents regardless of age. The test can be administered at either a primary health care centre or private clinic/hospital – see the list of accredited COVID-19 testing healthcare facilities. Rapid antigen self-tests are not accepted. For further information visit the Ministry of Public Health website.

If you are not fully vaccinated

A list of countries subject to ‘COVID-19 Red Health Measures’ can be found on the Ministry of Public Health website. The UK is not currently subject to these measures.

Unvaccinated visitors

Unvaccinated visitors travelling from countries not subject to ‘COVID-19 Red Health Measures’ must take a pre-departure PCR test within 48 hours of their flight departure time, with a negative result.

If staying with first-degree relatives, unvaccinated visitors will then need to undergo a period of 5 days home quarantine (proof of relationship and residence will be required). A rapid antigen test is required to be taken on day 5, and the individual will be released from quarantine on the same day if the test results are negative. The test can be administered at either a primary health care centre or private clinic/hospital – see the list of accredited COVID 19 testing healthcare facilities. Rapid antigen self-tests are not accepted.

All other unvaccinated visitors from a countries not subject to ‘COVID-19 Red Health Measures’ will then need to undergo a period of 5 days hotel quarantine. A rapid antigen test is required to be taken on day 5, and the individual will be released from quarantine on the same day if the test results are negative. The test will be conducted at the hotel. Rapid antigen self-tests are not accepted. All hotel quarantine packages need to be booked through the Discover Qatar website.

Unvaccinated visitors travelling from countries subject to ‘COVID-19 Red Health Measures’ are not permitted to enter Qatar at this time.

Unvaccinated residents

Unvaccinated residents returning from countries not subject to ‘COVID-19 Red Health Measures’ are not required to take a pre-departure PCR test. On arrival they will then need to undergo a period of 5 days home quarantine and a PCR test within 24 hours of arriving into Qatar. A follow up rapid antigen test is also required on day 5. The individual will be released from quarantine on the same day, providing the test results are negative. Tests can be taken at either a primary health care centre or private clinic/hospital – see the list of accredited COVID 19 testing healthcare facilities. Rapid antigen self-tests are not accepted.

Unvaccinated residents returning from countries subject to ‘COVID-19 Red Health Measures’ must take a pre-departure PCR test within 48 hours of their flight departure time, with a negative test result. They will then need to undergo a period of 5 days hotel quarantine. A rapid antigen test is required to be taken on day 5, and the individual will be released from quarantine on the same day if the test results are negative. The test will be conducted at the hotel. Rapid antigen self-tests are not accepted. All hotel quarantine packages need to be booked through the Discover Qatar website.

For further guidance refer to the Ministry of Public Health website.

Further information on Qatar’s entry and arrival requirements can be found on the Ministry of Public Health website.

Children and young people

Unvaccinated children below the age of 12, if travelling with a parent who is fully vaccinated, can follow the rules for fully vaccinated travellers entering Qatar. For further information, including on testing, see the Ministry of Public Health website.

If you’re transiting through Qatar

Transiting is when you pass through one country on the way to your final destination.

Transiting through Qatar is permitted for travellers who meet the requirements of their final destination country.

There are no additional requirements for transiting passengers, even where there is lengthy layover between flights and you choose to use the transit hotel within the airport.

Travellers can not remain in the transit area for more than 24 hours between flights, regardless of whether you are using the transit hotel within the airport.

Further information about transiting through Qatar can be found on the webpage for Hamad International Airport.

Check your passport and travel documents before you travel

Check with your travel provider to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Passport validity

If you are visiting Qatar your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date you arrive.

If you are a resident of Qatar your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date you arrive.

Visas

You can get a free 30-day tourist visa-waiver on arrival in Qatar. If you’re travelling for any purpose other than tourism, and/or hold one of the other types of British passport, you must get a visa before you travel.

If you need to stay longer than 30 days, you must extend your visa waiver before it expires through the Ministry of Interior. If you fail to do so, you may receive an overstay fine, which must be paid before leaving Qatar.

You can find further information on visa requirements and extensions on the Qatar Ministry of Interior website

Living and working in Qatar

If you’re applying for a residence permit, you will have to undergo a medical test including blood tests and a chest X-ray. The tests screen for diseases including, but not restricted to, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B and C. Testing positive may lead to further tests and possible deportation.