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October 26, 2021

COVID-19 Information [10/26/2021]

Last updated: [10/26/2021]

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

Changes to Travel Policy in Qatar


The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has announced the following updates regarding the COVID-19 travel and return policy, effective Wednesday, October 6, 2021:

  • ​ The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has announced changes to the travel and return policy.  The travel changes will be implemented on Wednesday, October 6 and include:
  • Fully vaccinated citizens and residents of Qatar arriving from Green List countries are no longer required to test prior to traveling to Qatar, but must conduct a PCR test within 36 hours of arrival.  Visitors to Qatar must undergo a PCR test with a negative result 72 hours before arrival in Qatar.
  • The creation of an Exceptional Red List (currently India, Philippines, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia, Kenya, and Sudan) based on international and local health risk indicators and the epidemiology of COVID-19 in the different countries.
  • The conditionally approved vaccine list has been updated to include Sinovac and Sputnik (V) COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Visitors are now able to activate the Ehteraz mobile application using an international SIM card.

These are just a few of the changes.  Keep in mind that policies relating to COVID-19 can change daily and may be different depending on your vaccination and residency status.  Please review the full travel and return policy here and the complete list of changes here.

The MOPH also announced a reduction in the fixed price of a PCR test to 160 QR.

For information on testing and quarantine requirements, please visit the Ministry of Health’s Travel and Return Policy pageAll questions and inquiries about the new requirements should be directed to the MOPH.  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 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 160 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/international-travel/before-you-go/covid-19_testing_required_US_Entry.html  

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:


  • Has the government of Qatar approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Qatar for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Which vaccines are available in Qatar? The Pfizer and BioNTech, and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for emergency use by the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Control in the Ministry of Public Health. The Qatari authorities continue vaccination efforts for citizens and residents in Qatar. The MOPH has information on vaccination in Qatar on its website  .
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines   in the United States.
  • 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. Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination  

 

Entry and Exit Requirements:


  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes with restrictions
    • Beginning July 12, 2021, Qatar has announced that it will expand entry beyond Qatari citizens and residents.  The new travel policy   requires travelers to register prior to travel.
    • Entry procedures, including quarantine requirements, are based on the updated MOPH green, yellow, and red countries list. As of October 6, 2021, the United States is on the green list. Travelers entering Qatar under certain visa categories may be subject to quarantine or may not be allowed entry unless vaccinated.  This may include children under the age of twelve.
    • In most circumstances, residents of Qatar traveling outside of the country for short-term visits will not require an Exceptional Entry Permit (EEP). Please review the latest MOPH travel policies   for details.
    • 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? It depends on vaccination status
    • Beginning October 6, fully vaccinated passengers arriving from Green List countries are no longer required to test prior to traveling to Qatar. However, travelers must conduct a PCR test within 36 hours of arrival.
    • Passengers who are not vaccinated or who have not completed the necessary vaccination doses must undergo a PCR test 72 hours before arrival in Qatar. They will also be tested after arrival.

 

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.
    • 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.

Fines for Non-Compliance: (if applicable)


  • Masks are required in public places including malls and taxis. Mask wearing is not mandatory in certain outdoor areas or 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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