Qatar reopens borders to fully vaccinated travellers

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Travellers that have been inoculated against COVID-19 with the vaccines that have been approved by the Ministry of Public Health in Qatar can now seamlessly enter Qatar without the need to quarantine.

The new arrangements 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 travel.

Travellers are still advised to check the entry requirements of the country they are travelling from before booking any flights and should understand that policies can change with very little notice.

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In order to visit Qatar, international visitors, citizens and residents must register and upload the required documentation, including the vaccination certificate, a valid PCR test up to 72 hours prior to travel and personal details through the ‘Ehteraz’ website (www.ehteraz.gov.qa).

Travellers have to apply for the authorisation 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 of the required documentation, to ensure they can board their flights as planned.

In addition, visitor visa rules apply for certain nationalities, however over 80 nationalities can visit Qatar with a free ‘visa on arrival’. 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 require a confirmed hotel booking to visit Qatar.

Meanwhile, 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 upon arrival at Hamad International Airport (HIA). Upon activation, visitors will be able to visit malls, restaurants and museums, and use taxis and public transportation.

The ‘Qatar Clean’ programme was launched over a year ago by Qatar Tourism in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health for the hospitality and tourism sector, to ensure safe visitor experiences in Qatar. The Ministry of Public Health advises all visitors to continue to be vigilant and adhere to all preventive measures, including wearing face masks which are mandatory in Qatar both indoors and outdoors, avoiding crowded places and sanitising hands regularly.