Four-Phase Plan to Lift COVID-19 Restrictions in Qatar Moves to Phase Two on June 18
Qatar Continues Lifting Restrictions on June 18
The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) continues with the four-phase plan for the gradual lifting of restrictions currently in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. The second phase, beginning June 18, includes the following changes:
- Up to 10 vaccinated individuals may gather indoors and up to 20 vaccinated individuals outdoors. Up to 10 non-vaccinated people or mixed groups are now permitted to gather outdoors and five indooors.
- Up to 10 people will be allowed to gather at parks, beaches and corniche. Private beaches may open at 40% capacity.
- Shopping malls and souqs will operate at a 50% capacity, with food courts at 30% capacity and children of all ages are permitted to enter.
- Restaurants and cafes will operate outdoors at 30% capacity, with indoor restaurants under Qatar Clean list permitted to operate at 30% capacity with exclusively vaccinated diners.
- Gyms may operate at 40% capacity on the condition that the staff and customers are fully vaccinated.
- Outdoor swimming pools and amusement parks will operate at a 40% capacity.
- Theme parks and leisure centers may operate at 30% capacity outdoors and 20% indoors with at least 75% of patrons vaccinated.
Phase Three is currently scheduled to begin on July 9, 2021. Policies relating to COVID-19 can change daily.
COVID-19 Vaccination in Qatar
Information about getting vaccinated in Qatar and receiving a COVID-19 vaccination certificate is available at the MOPH website.
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. In addition to the MOPH COVID-19 website, U.S. citizens may wish to follow the MOPH on social media, as they consistently post announcements to sites like Facebook and Twitter. Keep in mind that these sites generally require users to have their own accounts to view information. 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 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:
- Consider following the Ministry of Public Health on Facebook or Twitter. Otherwise check their website frequently.
- 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.