Offering travelers a seamless blend of rich tradition and striking modernity, Qatar is fast emerging as one of the top destinations to visit in the region, rivalling nearby tourist powerhouses Dubai and Abu Dhabi and set to grow further as it hosts the FIFA World Cup this year. From traditional souqs to state of the art malls, Qatar has staked its claim as a top cultural, culinary and shopping destination – and it’s open to travelers. Here are all the latest 2022 COVID-19 entry requirements for Qatar all travelers need to know before booking their trip.
Entry Requirements For Countries Permitted to Visit Qatar For Tourism
COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements
All travelers, regardless of whether they arrive from a red or green list country, must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival to Qatar. Vaccinated travelers from green list countries do not need to do a further test, whilst unvaccinated travelers from green list countries must take a Rapid Antigen Test on their seventh day of quarantine. Fully vaccinated travelers from red list countries – such as the US – must take a further Rapid Antigen Test on day 2 of hotel quarantine, with this time frame being extended to the seventh day for unvaccinated red list travelers.
Quarantine Entry Requirements
Fully vaccinated travelers from green list countries do not need to quarantine. Travelers from green list countries who are unvaccinated must spend seven days in hotel quarantine, and can leave with a negative test on the seventh day. Fully vaccinated travelers arriving in Qatar from red list countries must quarantine for two days, with unvaccinated red list arrivals needing to stay in quarantine for seven days.
Travelers to Qatar do not need to fill out a health form prior to arrival. However, they do need to fill out an Acknowledgement Form online prior to arrival.
COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements
Travel insurance is not a mandatory requirement for entry to Qatar, though having a solid travel insurance policy is strongly recommended for travelers heading to any country.
COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Qatar
Masks are required to be worn in public indoor and outdoor spaces except when exercising. Unvaccinated travelers may be unable to enter some businesses and malls in the country. People are also advised to remain a 1m distance away from one another, and to avoid physical contact. Restaurants have capped their capacities, and travelers will need to show their health status on the Etheraz App in order to enter.
COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements
Both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers from red and green list countries are able to enter Qatar.
Visa Entry Requirements For Qatar During COVID-19
Regular visa requirements are in operation for entry to Qatar in 2022, with many countries granted visa waivers or visas on arrival. Travelers should ensure that they check their country’s visa requirements before traveling to Qatar.
Can Americans Enter Qatar?
Yes, Americans can enter Qatar for tourism purposes at present. The US is a red list country, meaning that travelers will have to jump through more hoops to enter, which are outlined above. Qatar has been handed a Level 3 travel advisory by the US Department of State.
Red List And Green List Countries
The red list and green list for countries entering Qatar is being updated frequently. The lists can be found here.
Qatar Covid-19 Entry Requirements:
- Non-residents of Qatar must register via the pre-registration system for people entering the State of Qatar and upload all relevant documents within three days of arrival
- Travelers must take a PCR test with 72 hours of departure and show it to airline staff prior to arriving
- Travelers should download the Ehteraz mobile application
- Travelers from red list countries must sign an Acknowledgement Form before arriving in Qatar
- Travelers must ensure they book a suitable hotel for their quarantine period – these can be found on the Discover Qatar website
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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling. Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories