COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  [09/17/20]

Country-Specific Information:

On September 15, 2020 Qatar entered Part 2 of Phase 4 of its planned reopening.  Changes include:

  • An increase in cinema and theater capacity to 30%. Theaters will continue to take precautionary measures in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Theaters must only allow the entrance of adults 18 years and older. No children are permitted in theaters at this time.
  • A reduction in the capacity of gyms, health clubs and public swimming pools to 30%. These facilities will continue to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Phase 4, which began on September 1, 2020 involves the reopening of schools, mosques, museums, malls, gyms, restaurants and other facilities are open with certain restrictions.  Flights to and from the United States are operating. COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements are in place for individuals entering Qatar and have been extended through October 31, 2020.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? YES
    • Beginning August 1, certain categories of non-Qatari citizens have been permitted to enter Qatar. Tourist travel is still not permitted.
    • The government of Qatar has established a list of low risk countries which is updated every two weeks. Individuals arriving from low-risk 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 has not been deemed a low risk country.
    • 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 home 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 low risk 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.
    • 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 case 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.

Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health recently announced the development a saliva-based COVID-19 test for children.

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.
    • 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.  Fines 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 request an emergency appointment by emailing ACSDoha@state.gov.
  • Routine visa services are suspended due to COVID-19.  Emergency and mission critical non-immigrant and immigrant visa services are being provided. (e.g. visas for medical travel, visas for health professional, official visas, immediate relative immigrant visas)

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