USA Added to Qatar's Red List
The Qatar Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has announced the following updates regarding Qatar’s COVID-19 travel and return policy, effective January 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm:
- The United States and several other countries have been added the Red List. COVID testing and quarantine requirements vary depending on whether you are a citizen, resident, or tourist and your COVID 19 vaccination status.
- Full details on Qatar’s travel and return policy are available at https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/travel-and-return-policy/Pages/default.aspx
Rules for U.S. Citizens who are Traveling to Qatar as a Tourist and Entering from the United States and other Red List Countries
- All U.S. citizens who entering Qatar as a tourist and traveling from a Red List country are required to conduct a PCR COVID 19 test with a negative result within 72 hours of arrival to Qatar. They must also take a PCR COVID 19 test upon arrival at their quarantine hotel
- U.S. Citizen over the age of 12 who are fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the Ministry of Public Health, or a conditionally approved vaccine, will be subject to hotel quarantine for two days. Children age 11 years and below who are accompanied by a parent(s) who are fully vaccinated will also be subject to a two day hotel quarantine.
- U.S citizens who are not fully vaccinated will be subject to hotel quarantine for seven days.
Rules for U.S. Citizens who are residents of Qatar returning from the United States and other Red List Countries
- All U.S. citizens who are residents of Qatar and returning from a Red List country are required to conduct a PCR COVID 19 test with a negative result within 72 hours of arrival to Qatar.
- U.S. Citizen Residents of Qatar who are fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the Ministry of Public Health, or who have recovered from COVID 19 inside Qatar and 14 days have passed from the date of recovery, must also take a PCR COVID 19 test within 36 hours of arrival in Qatar. They will be exempted from home quarantine upon arrival after a negative PCR COVID 19 test.
- U.S. Citizen Residents of Qatar who are not fully vaccinated will be subject to home quarantine for 7 days upon arrival in Qatar. They will have to undergo a PCR COVID 19 test on the on the sixth day or quarantine and will be released on the seventh day of quarantine if the PCR COVID 19 test results are negative.
Please visit https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/travel-and-return-policy/Pages/default.aspx for full details on Qatar’s travel and return policy including a list of countries on the green, red, and exceptional red list.
Please be aware that policies relating to COVID-19 can change daily as 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 all U.S. citizens in Qatar monitor changes in these policies and review them prior to travel. All details mentioned above are subject to change by the government of Qatar.
For information on testing and quarantine requirements, please visit the Ministry of Health’s Travel and Return Policy page. All 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.
Actions to Take:
- Visit the Ministry of Public Health’s website for more information on Qatar’s Travel and Return Policy. https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/travel-and-return-policy/Pages/default.aspx
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations and consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- Call the Qatar Ministry of Public Health hotline at 16000 if you experience flu-like symptoms.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Qatar.
- Check with the airlines regarding any flight cancellations and/or restrictions on flying.
- Please register for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program if you are not already enrolled. Full details available at https://step.state.gov/step/
For further travel and security information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Qatar Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Doha, Qatar, located at 22 February Street, Al Luqta District, Doha, at ACSDoha@state.gov. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +974 4496 6000.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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