COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [2/17/2021]

Country-Specific Information:

Changes to Travel Policy in Qatar

Governments around the world, including Qatar, continue to make changes to public health and travel policies in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.  The Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens in Qatar remain vigilant regarding these policies.  Recently, the State of Qatar eliminated exemptions from hotel quarantine for travelers arriving from countries not on the green list (the United States is not on the green list).  Furthermore, the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has announced the reimposition of certain COVID-19 restrictions in Qatar, to include more stringent restrictions on social gatherings.  U.S. citizens may want to follow the MOPH on social media.  They consistently post updates to policy on Facebook and Twitter.  Keep in mind that these sites generally require users to have their own accounts to view information.

Quarantine requirements for all arrivals in Qatar have been extended through May 31, 2021.  These requirements also apply to land arrivals via Qatar’s recently opened border with Saudi Arabia who must book specific quarantine packages for this method of arrival.  Qatari citizens, residency permit holders, and certain people undertaking new employment may enter Qatar.  All travelers should coordinate closely with their sponsors, as advance permission may be required to enter Qatar in addition to quarantine and testing regulations.  Per recent changes in travel policy, residents who are currently in the State of Qatar can receive an exceptional entry permit upon departure.  Tourists and visitors are currently not allowed to enter Qatar. 

All details mentioned above are subject to change by the government of Qatar. For details on quarantine, please visit the Ministry of Health’s Travel and Return Policy page.  Please note that the U.S. Embassy is not able to intercede in matters of quarantine, COVID-19 testing, and entering the country in individual cases.

COVID-19 Test Required to Travel to the United States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Order requires all air passengers, including U.S. citizens, arriving to the United States from a foreign country to get tested no more than three days before their flight departs.  Travelers must provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight.  Testing is required regardless of vaccination status.  Travelers departing from Qatar should contact their health care provider to determine where they can be tested.  Contact information for Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) health center is available here and a list of local hospitals and physicians is available on the U.S. Embassy website.   

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Qatar? Yes, PCR tests are available.  Antigen tests are not available.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes.
  • COVID-19 tests are available from some local medical providers and hospitals.  Start by asking your primary care provider in Qatar.  Contact information for Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) health center is available here and a list of local hospitals and physicians is available on the U.S. Embassy website.   While some health insurance plans and employers may cover the cost of testing for travel, the U.S. Government does not provide funding for travel-related COVID testing.
  • Private hospitals are charging around 500 QR per test.  This usually includes a certificate.  Delivery method for the certificate varies among providers.  Please consult with the provider you select, as many only submit tests for processing once daily.
  •  Test results are usually provided by email, but some clinics require you to pick up the travel certificate in person.
  • Please refer to the Ministry of Public Health’s (MOPH) COVID-19 Webpage for additional information.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an Order requiring all air passengers, including U.S. citizens, arriving to the United States from a foreign country to get tested no more than three days before their flight departs.  Travelers must provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight.  Testing is required regardless of vaccination status.  For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Qatar approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Qatar’s Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Control has approved the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. The Qatari authorities have begun vaccination efforts for citizens and residents in Qatar, beginning with priority groups including the elderly.  The MOPH has information on vaccination efforts on its website
  •  Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

 Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? YES
    • Beginning August 1, certain categories of non-Qatari citizens are permitted to enter Qatar.  Tourist travel is still not permitted.
    • Per recent changes in travel policy, residents who are currently in the State of Qatar should automatically receive an exceptional entry permit upon their departure.  A press release from the Qatari Government Communications Office reports that residents or their employers will be able to print out the reentry permit from the Ministry of Interior’s website at any point after departure.  Requests will no longer need to be submitted for these travelers through the Qatar Portal.  Please note that this amended policy went into effect November 29 and only applies to residents departing Qatar after that date.  Those who are outside the State of Qatar must continue to obtain the exceptional return permit via the Qatar Portal.
    • The government of Qatar has established a list of low risk countries, the Green List, which is regularly updated. Individuals arriving from Green List countries are subject to a COVID-19 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 at an accredited COVID-19 test centers available in the low-risk country.  The United States does not appear on the Green List.
    • Individuals arriving from countries not deemed low-risk, are required to obtain a COVID-19 test from an accredited testing center less than 48 hours before traveling and are subject to one week of quarantine upon arrival. At the end of one week the individual must go to a dedicated health center and take an additional COVID-19 test.  If no accredited testing centers are available, the individual may arrive in Qatar but they are required to quarantine in a hotel at their own expense.  The hotel must be booked through the Discover Qatar website. A COVID-19 test is required at the end of that week of quarantine. If the test is negative the individual will be subject to an addition week of quarantine at home. All travelers who test positive for COVID-19 at any point may be sent to an isolation facility.
    • All holders of residency permits or employment offers should coordinate closely with their sponsors, as advance permission may be needed to enter Qatar in addition to quarantine and testing regulations.
    • Please note that the U.S. embassy is not able to intercede in matters of quarantine, COVID-19 testing and entering the country.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • All travelers, including U.S. citizens, are required to quarantine.  The length and location of the quarantine depends on if they are traveling from a country on the Qatar government’s Green List or not.  Please see details above in the Entry section or visit the MOPH website  and https://www.gco.gov.qa/en/preventative-measures/ for complete details.
    •  The quarantine period was recently reduced to one week with home quarantine available to those arriving from the Ministry of Public Health’s Green List.  Hotel quarantine is still required for those coming from countries not included on the Green List, with some exceptions.  For details on quarantine, please visit the Ministry of Health’s Travel and Return Policy page.  The United States is not on the Green List.
    •  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, please email the American Citizen Services Unit at ACSDoha@state.gov, provide a phone number, and a consular officer will call you.

COVID-19 Testing:

U.S. citizens may be subject to COVID-19 tests in Qatar depending on what country they arrive from and what testing facilities are available prior to their arrival in Qatar.  The cost of testing will depend on the residency status of the individual. In many cases COVID-19 testing is free if done at a Qatar government facility.

Qatar directs individuals within the country to the appropriate testing site. If you suspect that you have COVID-19 or were exposed to someone who has, please call 16000, the Ministry of Public Health’s dedicated COVID-19 hotline.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • There are multiple commercial flights to the United States every week from Qatar. U.S. citizens may still depart and transit Qatar.
    • On January 12, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an Order requiring all air passengers, including U.S. citizens, arriving to the United States from a foreign country to get tested no more than three days before their flight departs.  Travelers must provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight.  Testing is required regardless of vaccination status.  This Order will go into effect on January 26, 2021.  Travelers departing from Qatar should contact their health care provider to determine where they can be tested.  Contact information for Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) health center is available here and a list of local hospitals and physicians is available on the U.S. Embassy website.   
    • Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability.  If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Public transportation is available with limited capacity. The metro, buses, excursion boats, and taxis are operating.

Fines for Non-Compliance: (if applicable)

  • Masks are required in public places including malls, taxis, and outside gatherings. Mask wearing is not mandatory when participating in physical exercise outside.  Penalties, including referral to the Public Prosecutor, for non-compliance do exist and vary depending on the circumstance.

Consular Operations:

  • All American Citizen Services are being provided on a limited basis to allow for social distancing and the health and safety of our staff and visitors to the Embassy.  Priority is given to emergency cases.  Individuals can schedule an appointment for services online.
  • Visa services are also available on a limited basis to maintain appropriate space for social distancing in consular facilities.

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