MASCOT Message: New Government of Qatar COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Entry and Quarantine Exemptions

The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has announced new COVID-19 testing requirements for travelers arriving in Qatar and changes to quarantine requirements for individuals who have contracted and recovered from COVID-19.

Policies relating to COVID-19 can change daily.  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.

The most recent changes include:

New COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Entry into Qatar Effective April 25

Beginning April 25, all travelers traveling to Qatar must take a COVID-19 test in a medical center accredited by the local Ministry of Health in the country of departure, no more than 72 hours before their arrival in Qatar.  Travelers are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result.  MOPH may also require some categories of travelers to undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival at the airport in Doha.

New Quarantine Procedures Upon Entry into Qatar for Travelers Who Have Recovered from COVID-19

Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 will be exempted from quarantine upon arriving in Qatar pending:

  • Documentation of recovery through a laboratory-confirmed result within six months of the first positive COVID-19 test
  • A negative COVID-19 test result

New Quarantine Procedures for People Who Have Recovered from COVID-19 Following Contact with a COVID-19 Positive Individual

Individuals who have previously recovered from COVID-19 and are not exhibiting symptoms after contact with an individual infected or suspected of having COVID-19 will also be exempted from quarantine pending:

  • Documentation of recovery through a laboratory-confirmed result and prior completion of quarantine
  • Documentation must be within 6 months of the first positive COVID-19 result
  • Passengers may also obtain documentation of prior infection from their health center
  • A negative COVID-19 test result

People who have previously recovered from COVID-19 and are exhibiting symptoms within 14 days of contact with an individual infected or suspected of having COVID-19 must quarantine.  In addition to quarantine, these individuals will also be clinically evaluated to monitor possibility of infection and this includes undergoing a COVID-19 PCR test.  If the test result is negative and no other cause for these symptoms has been identified, the individual may be asked to retake the COVID-19 test.

Quarantine Requirements for Vaccinated Travelers

As previously announced by the MOPH, passengers who test negative for COVID-19 will be exempted from quarantine upon arrival in Qatar if they:

  • Are fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Do not show any COVID-19 symptoms
  • Test negative for COVID-19 upon arrival into Qatar

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 to these policies and review them prior to travel.  U.S. citizens may want to follow the official MOPH social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter for policy updates.  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 details 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 on individual cases in matters of quarantine, COVID-19 testing, and entry to the country.

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.