Last updated: [1/13/2021]
Gradual lifting of restrictions on recreational activities in amusement cities and parks. The Qatari Ministry of Commerce and Industry announced that restrictions on a variety of recreational facilities will be lifted, provided that their operational capacity does not exceed 50 percent. The resumption of entertainment activities takes place in three stages; the first stage began January 3, 2021, and includes outdoor playgrounds, kid’s outdoor games, billiards and bowling. The second stage began January 11, 2021, and includes electronic games and trampolines. The third stage begins on January 24, 2021, and includes bouncers, inflatable games, and ball pits.
Qatar is in Phase Four of its reopening and continues to implement new measures. Many businesses including restaurants, gyms, schools and mosques are open, but safety measures, including limits on the number of people gathering and mask requirements, remain in place.
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. Please also note that quarantine rules for travelers arriving in Doha from the UK, the Netherlands, South Africa, and Denmark recently changed. These travelers must quarantine at specific hotels.
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
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.