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COVID-19 Information
July 19, 2020

COVID-19 Information

Country-Specific Information

  • The government of Qatar has confirmed that there are active COVID-19 cases in the country.
  • The government of Qatar is encouraging teleworking in most government agencies. All schools and universities are suspended, though online learning may be continuing depending on the school. Pharmacies and grocery stores remain open.
  • The government of Qatar has announced that the Ehteraz application must installed on smartphones when leaving the home. There are limits on how many people may be allowed in a car at one time. Sports may only be played near the home, with masks and proper social distancing.  Face masks must be worn outside of the home. Stiff fines and potential jail time could result from noncompliance.
  • There is no curfew in place in Qatar.
  • The government of Qatar has announced planned phases for reopening, including the eventual return of residency permit holders and visitors to Qatar. While the announcement includes target dates for each phase, the plane is subject to change. The government of Qatar continues to release additional decisions on quarantine regulations and entry procedures, including automatic renewal of visitor visas. Further details on obtaining advanced permission to re-enter Qatar and whether the United States will be considered a low-risk country are not yet available. Please continue to monitor local official news sources for more information, including the Ministry of Public Health website listed below.
  • U.S. citizens in Qatar on tourist visas should check the limits of their visa through the Metraash application. The government of Qatar has announced that automatic renewal of tourist visas will end. The U.S. Embassy does not have the authority to assist in renewing or extending visas for U.S. citizens in Qatar.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Hamad International Airport (HIA) remains open for transit flights. U.S. citizens transiting HIA must have an onward flight departing fewer than 24 hours after their arrival. They cannot enter Qatar.
  • U.S. citizens can depart Qatar. Commercial flights are operating to the United States. If you are a U.S. citizen and wish to depart Qatar, please contact local airlines to do so.
  • Non-Qatari citizens cannot enter Qatar. Qatari citizens entering Qatar are subject to a two-week week quarantine.

U.S. Citizen Services

  • In line with government of Qatar restrictions on gathering and advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Embassy is limiting services to U.S. citizens. If you are in need of an emergency passport, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or a notarial services, please email ACSDoha@state.gov to schedule an appointment.
  • U.S. citizens should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program at step.state.gov in order to receive regular updates from the U.S. Embassy.


  • 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 and wish to speak to a consular officer, please email the American Citizen Services Unit at ACSDoha@state.gov, provide a phone number, and a consular officer will call you.

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