Welcome to the American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Qatar. We provide information and assistance to U.S. citizens residing in or traveling in Qatar. If you have a question or comment for our ACS Unit, please contact us.
We have resumed scheduling notary and passport appointments online. You may click HERE to schedule an appointment online now.
For more details read more here.
THE LATEST ON CORONAVIRUS
Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States
On January 12, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an Order requiring all air passengers, including U.S. citizens, arriving to the United States from a foreign country to get tested no more than three days before their flight departs. Travelers must provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. Testing is required regardless of vaccination status. This Order will go into effect on January 26, 2021. Travelers departing from Qatar should contact their health care provider to determine where they can be tested. Contact information for Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) health center is available here and a list of local hospitals and physicians is available on the U.S. Embassy website.
Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at ACSDoha@state.gov and provide the information below. The U.S. Embassy or Consulate will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.
The following information must be provided for each passenger:
- a. Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
- b. Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
- c. Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
- d. U.S. destination address
i.Is U.S. destination home address?
- e. Departure date
- f. Flight itinerary
- g. Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
- h. Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- i. Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- j. Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- k.Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
- l. Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
- m. Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)
Please see the latest information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization at the following links:
For More Information
- Visit the State Department’s travel website for Travel Advisories and Alerts and Qatar Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
- Third Party Attendance at Passport and CRBA Appointment Interviews – For more details please read here.