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April 27, 2021

New Government of Qatar Restrictions Effective April 9 to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 in Qatar

The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has announced further COVID-19 restrictions in response to a steady increase in the number of COVID 19 cases and the spread of variants. Some of the changes include:

  • Restaurants closed for dine-in.  Delivery and take-out is permitted.
  • Offices limited to 50 percent capacity
  • No gatherings or sitting at beaches, public parks, and the corniche.  Individual sports such as walking, jogging, and bicycling are allowed.

In addition, all swimming pools, water parks, playgrounds, and gyms will remain closed.  All schools remain limited to remote learning and private healthcare facilities must cease providing treatment except in emergencies.

Consular Services at the U.S. Embassy

The United States Embassy in Qatar will continue to provide essential American Citizens Services, including passport renewals, notary services, and documenting U.S. citizens born abroad, with an appointment.  Emergency services to U.S. citizens will also remain available.

The Visa Unit will continue to process immigrant visas, crew visas, and student visas.  However, all B-1/B-2 (non-immigrant tourist and business) visa interviews will be suspended, except in emergencies.  Qualified Qatari citizens who are applying for the same visa classification and their full validity visa expired within the last 48 months may be eligible for Interview Waiver.

COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing in Qatar

People aged 40 years of age and above regardless of their health conditions are currently eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Contact your healthcare provider or register for the vaccine at the MOPH website.  The MOPH has temporarily suspended the requirement for prospective vaccine recipients to present a Hamad Medical Corporation Health Card in order to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

On April 4, the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) announced that it will not offer COVID-19 testing for travel purposes.  Private hospitals are still offering COVID-19 testing and certificates for travelers.  A flat rate for COVID-19 swab test in private health facilities has been set at QR 300 effective Thursday, April 08.

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 U.S. citizens in Qatar remain vigilant regarding these policies.  U.S. citizens may want to follow the MOPH on social media.  They consistently post updates to policy on 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 details on quarantine, please visit the Ministry of Health’s Travel and Return Policy page.  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.