U.S. Embassy Doha
Message for U.S. Citizens
September 16, 2020
On September 15, 2020 Qatar entered Part 2 of Phase 4 of its planned reopening. The most notable changes are:
- An increase in cinema and theater capacity to 30%. No children are permitted in theaters at this time.
- A reduction in the capacity of gyms, health clubs and public swimming pools to 30%.
In addition to the continued reopening, Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health recently announced the development a saliva-based COVID-19 test for children. Residency permit holders and certain people undertaking new employment may enter Qatar. All travelers should coordinate closely with their sponsors, as advance permission may be needed to enter Qatar in addition to quarantine and testing regulations. Tourists and visitors are currently not allowed to enter Qatar.
Individuals arriving from low-risk countries are subject to a coronavirus test upon arrival at the airport and must pledge to quarantine at home for one week. Individuals will be required to take a COVID-19 test at the end of their one-week quarantine period. Alternative options for testing before arrival may be available depending on accredited COVID-19 test centers available in the low-risk country.
Individuals arriving from countries not deemed low risk are required to obtain a test from an accredited testing center less than 48 hours before traveling. One week of home quarantine is required after arrival. If no accredited testing centers are available, the individual may arrive in Qatar but is required to quarantine in a hotel at their own expense, booking through the hotel through the Discover Qatar website. A COVID-19 test is required at the end of that week of quarantine. If it is negative, the individual may then quarantine at home. Currently, the United States is NOT listed as a low-risk country. Please note that the government of Qatar has extended quarantine requirements through October 31, 2020.
All details mentioned above are subject to change by the government of Qatar. Please refer to the MOPH website for complete information. Please continue to monitor the MOPH website for updates on the availability of this new form of COVID-19 testing for children. Please note that the U.S. Embassy is not able to intercede in matters of quarantine, COVID-19 testing, and entering the country.
The government of Qatar has announced that the Ehteraz application must be installed on smartphones when leaving the home. No more than four people are permitted in a vehicle at one time, with exceptions for families. Face masks must be worn outside of the home, with limited exceptions for sports and exercise. Stiff fines and potential jail time could result from noncompliance.
U.S. citizens with expired U.S. passports who wish to return to the United States, or families with newborn U.S. citizens without passports, can contact ACSDoha@state.gov to apply for an emergency passport appointment. In most circumstances, emergency passports can be issued within 48 hours.
Actions to Take:
- Visit the controlled lifting of COVID-19 Restrictions Plan for Qatar on the Ministry of Public Health’s website for more information about phased reopening.
- 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.