COVID-19 Information

Country-Specific Information

  • The government of Qatar has confirmed that there are active COVID-19 cases in the country.
  • The government of Qatar has announced that the Ehteraz application must installed on smartphones when leaving the home. There are limits on how many people may be allowed in a car at one time. Sports may only be played near the home, with masks and proper social distancing.  Face masks must be worn outside of the home. Stiff fines and potential jail time could result from noncompliance.
  • There is no curfew in place in Qatar.
  • The government of Qatar has entered Phase 2 of its announced stages of reopening. Restaurants and other places of business are reopening with different regulations in place for social distancing and safety.
  • U.S. citizens in Qatar on tourist visas should check the limits of their visa through the Metraash application. The government of Qatar has announced that automatic renewal of tourist visas will end. The U.S. Embassy does not have the authority to assist in renewing or extending visas for U.S. citizens in Qatar.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Hamad International Airport (HIA) remains open for transit flights. U.S. citizens transiting HIA must have an onward flight departing fewer than 24 hours after their arrival. They cannot enter Qatar.
  • U.S. citizens can depart Qatar. Commercial flights are operating to the United States. If you are a U.S. citizen and wish to depart Qatar, please contact local airlines to do so.
  • The government of Qatar has confirmed that, starting August 1, non-Qataris may begin to enter Qatar. For those arriving from countries deemed low-risk by the government of Qatar, they are subject to a coronavirus test upon arrival at the airport and must pledge to quarantine at home for one week. Alternative options for testing before arrival may be available depending on accredited COVID-19 testing centers available in the low-risk country.
  • For individuals arriving from countries not deemed low-risk, they are required to obtain a test from an accredited testing center less than 48 hours before traveling. One week of home quarantine is required after arrival. If not accredited testing centers are available, the individual may arrive in Qatar but is required to quarantine in a hotel at their own expense, booking the hotel through the Discover Qatar website. A COVID-19 test is required at the end of that week of quarantine. If it is negative, the individual may then quarantine at home for an additional week.
  • All holders of residency permits should coordinate closely with their sponsors, as advance permission is required to enter Qatar in addition to quarantine and testing regulations. Tourists or visitors should seek advance permission to enter the country before attempting to travel as well.
  • Currently, the United States is not listed as a low-risk country. All details above are subject to change by the government of Qatar. Please refer to the MOPH website (link below) for more details. Please note that the U.S. Embassy is not able to intercede in matters of quarantine, COVID-19 testing, and entering Qatar.

U.S. Citizen Services

  • In line with government of Qatar restrictions on gathering and advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Embassy is limiting services to U.S. citizens. If you are in need of an emergency passport, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or a notarial services, please email ACSDoha@state.gov to schedule an appointment.
  • U.S. citizens should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program at step.state.gov in order to receive regular updates from the U.S. Embassy.

Quarantine

  • U.S. citizens who have been exposed to COVID-19 may find themselves quarantined by the government of Qatar. If you are a U.S. citizen in quarantine and wish to speak to a consular officer, please email the American Citizen Services Unit at ACSDoha@state.gov, provide a phone number, and a consular officer will call you.

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