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Travel to Qatar during Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

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TRAFFIC LIGHT STATUS: Green

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Proof of vaccination:

YES

Test pre-travel/recovery certificate:

YES

Form pre-travel:

YES

Test on arrival:

NO

Screening on arrival:

YES

Quarantine on arrival:

YES

Test during stay:

YES

RETURN REQUIREMENTS

Test pre-return travel:

NO

Test on return:

YES

Quarantine on return:

NO

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Proof of vaccination:

NO

Test pre-travel/recovery certificate:

YES

Form pre-travel:

YES

Test on arrival:

NO

Screening on arrival:

YES

Quarantine on arrival:

YES

Test during stay:

YES

RETURN REQUIREMENTS

Test pre-return travel:

YES

Test on return:

YES

Quarantine on return:

YES

Vaccinated Requirements
Entry Requirements for Vaccinated Visitors
Proof of vaccination:

You will be required to show your COVID-19 vaccinations to enter into the country as fully vaccinated.  You will be able to do this using the NHS COVID app.

Test pre-travel/recovery certificate: PCR Test
PCR Test locations: https://covidtraveladvice.kuoni.co.uk/pcr-test-locations
Test time:

You will need to take a COVID-19 PCR test and return a negative result no more than 3 days (72 hours) before arrival into Qatar regardless of your vaccination status.

You will need to load your vaccination status, negative test result and other relevant documentation on the ehteraz.gov.qa website at least 3 days before arrival.

Children under 11 travelling with fully vaccinated adults are exempt.

If you are transiting through Doha with Qatar Airways to/from your final destination and the UK, then you DO NOT need to present a negative PCR test result, however you will still need to follow the guidance of your final destination as they may require a COVID-19 test to be taken before travel to allow entry.  

On arrival:

You will be temperature checked on arrival at the airport and screen for symptoms of COVID-19.  You must also ensure that you have downloaded the Ehteraz Mobile App and activated this on your phone before arrival.  This can be downloaded from all mobile app stores.

You must ensure that you are booked into a hotel quarantine for the first 2 days on Discover Qatar.  This is applicable to everyone 12 and over if fully vaccinated and 11 and below if travelling with a fully vaccinated adult.

You will also need to conduct a PCR test at your quarantine hotel.  Once this is negative you will be free to travel around Qatar.

Form pre-travel:

A Traveller Health Declaration form will need to be completed no later than 24 hours before travel.  Please check on the link below to see when you are able to complete the form needed for your destination.  You may need to either complete this form electronically, or print out and take with you to show at the airport of departure and arrival.

Traveller Health Declaration: https://www.ehteraz.gov.qa/PER/loginPage?language=en
Return Requirements for Vaccinated Visitors
Test pre-return travel:

Not required

Test on return:

You will be required to take a test on your return back to the United Kingdom.  The details of which will vary as below, depending on the classification of the country you are arriving from. 

Green / Rest of World list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the green / ROW list, then you will need to book and undergo a Lateral Flow test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return.  You must ensure that this test is booked before returning back to the United Kingdom and you may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This will need to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

If you arriving back into the United Kingdom from 4am on 11th February 2022 from a green / ROW list country, then you will no longer need to book and take a test at your own expense once you return.

If you are arriving before 11th February and are aged between 5 and 17 and reside in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, then you will need to book and pay for a day 2 test on your return to the UK.  If you are aged between 11 and 17 and reside in Scotland, then you will also need to book and pay for a day 2 test on your return to the UK.  Anyone under these ages (10 and under in Scotland and 4 and under everywhere else - will be exempt from these tests)

Red list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the red list then you will need to ensure you have booked yourself into government approved hotel quarantine for a 10 day period.  You will be required to undergo 2 further COVID-19 PCR tests at your own expense on your return to the country in your quarantine hotel.  These tests will need to be taken on or before day 2 and on day 8 of your 10 day quarantine period.  You must ensure that your hotel quarantine. along with your test package is booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You will need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  this needs to be completed and submitted before your departure home to the United Kingdom.

Quarantine on return:

Not required

FURTHER INFORMATION
Foreign Office Advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/qatar
Local regulations:

It is mandatory to wear a face mask whenever you are in a public space, either indoor or outdoors.  You should also maintain social distancing where possible.

You must ensure you have the Qatar contract tracing app on your phone ensure this is working.  Authorities may check this in public spaces.

Hotels are open but may work at reduced capacities in bars, restaurants and facilities.  Some hotels are also used as quarantine hotels.

Unvaccinated Requirements
Entry Requirements for Unvaccinated Visitors
Proof of vaccination: Not required
Test pre-travel/recovery certificate: PCR Test
PCR Test locations: https://covidtraveladvice.kuoni.co.uk/pcr-test-locations
Test time:

You will need to take a COVID-19 PCR test and return a negative result no more than 3 days (72 hours) before arrival into Qatar regardless of your vaccination status.

You will need to load your vaccination status, negative test result and other relevant documentation on the ehteraz.gov.qa website at least 3 days before arrival.

Children under 11 travelling with fully vaccinated adults are exempt.

If you are transiting through Doha with Qatar Airways to your final destination and your flight started in the UK, then you DO NOT need to present a negative PCR test result, however you will still need to follow the guidance of your final destination as they may require a COVID-19 test to be taken before travel to allow entry.  

On arrival:

All travellers who are not fully vaccinated will undergo a period of 7 days hotel quarantine. A second PCR test will be taken on day 6. Release from quarantine will happen on day 7 providing your test results are negative. To book your quarantine package visit the Discover Qatar website.

You will also be temperature checked at the airport on arrival.

Form pre-travel:

A Traveller Health Declaration form will need to be completed no later than 24 hours before travel.  Please check on the link below to see when you are able to complete the form needed for your destination.You may need to either complete this form electronically, or print out and take with you to show at the airport of departure and arrival.

Traveller Health Declaration: https://www.ehteraz.gov.qa/PER/loginPage?language=en
RETURN REQUIREMENTS FOR UNVACCINATED VISITORS
Test pre-return travel:

If you are arriving back into the United Kingdom then you will need to take either a PCR or Lateral flow test no more than 2 days (48 hours) before you depart for the UK and the result must be negative.  You will need to provide the negative result to board your flight home.

The test must meet the performance standards of above 97% specificity and above 80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies\ml. The test can be a PCR test, a LAMP test or an antigen test, such as a test from a lateral flow device as long as they meet the performance standards

Your test result can be provided as:

  • a printed document
  • an email or text message you can show on your phone - make sure your device is charged.

The result must include the following information:

  • your name, which should match the name on your travel documents
  • your date of birth or age
  • the result of the test
  • the date the test sample was collected or received by the test provider
  • the name of the test provider and their contact details
  • confirmation of the device used for the test, or that the test was a PCR test

Many hotels around the world will be able to assist in arranging the test for you, either by having a doctor to visit the hotel, or directing you to the nearest clinic and booking an appointment for you.

It is advisable to speak with the hotel once you arrive on the options available to ensure you are able to book an appointment for an appropriate time.  There are also companies who will provide you with a test from the UK and arrange a video call in your destination to verify the test and the result.

Children aged 11 or under are exempt from taking this test.

Test on return:

You will be required to take a test on your return back to the United Kingdom.  The details of which will vary as below, depending on the classification of the country you are arriving from. 

Green / Rest of World list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the green / ROW list, then you will need to book and undergo a PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 and on day 8 of your return.  You must ensure that these tests are booked before returning to the United Kingdom and you may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This will need to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

If you arrive into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the green / ROW list from 4am on the 11th February, you will need to book and undergo a PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return.  You will need to ensue the test is booked before returning to the United Kingdom and you will need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This will need to be submitted before departure home. 

If you are aged between 5 and 17 and reside in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, then you will need to book and pay for a day 2 test on your return to the UK.  If you are aged between 11 and 17 and reside in Scotland, then you will also need to book and pay for a day 2 test on your return to the UK.  Anyone under these ages (10 and under in Scotland and 4 and under everywhere else - will be exempt from these tests)

Red list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the red list then you will need to ensure you have booked yourself into government approved hotel quarantine for a 10 day period whether you are fully vaccinated, or not.  You will be required to undergo 2 further COVID-19 PCR tests at your own expense on your return to the country in your quarantine hotel.  These tests will need to be taken on or before day 2 and on day 8 of your 10 day quarantine period.  You must ensure that your hotel quarantine. along with your test package is booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You will need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  this needs to be completed and submitted before your departure home to the United Kingdom.

Quarantine on return:

Green / Rest of World List countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country on the green / ROW list, then you will need to complete 10 days of quarantine at home once you arrive back into England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may be able to take a test on day 5 which will release you from quarantine early if negative.

If you are arriving back into the United Kingdom from a country on the green / ROW list after 4am on the 11th February, then you will no longer need to self isolate on your return.

Red list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the Red list, then you will be required to book yourself into a government approved hotel quarantine for a 10 day period.  This must be booked before you travel to the country.  You will also need to follow the testing guidance as above.  The cost of the hotel quarantine is to be covered by the traveller.  This applies to all travellers whether you are fully vaccinated, or not.  Children will also need to follow these rules.

FURTHER INFORMATION
Foreign Office Advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/qatar
Local regulations:

It is mandatory to wear a face mask whenever you are in a public space, either indoor or outdoors.  You should also maintain social distancing where possible.

You must ensure you have the Qatar contract tracing app on your phone ensure this is working.  Authorities may check this in public spaces.

Hotels are open but may work at reduced capacities in bars, restaurants and facilities.  Some hotels are also used as quarantine hotels.

Remember to check countries you’re due to transit through as well as your destination.

The Information contained on this page is accurate to the best of our knowledge. It is provided as guidance only and is subject to review and change. Please check with official sources before booking and again regularly prior to travel, as information and requirements can change frequently and with little notice. Please visit the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office website at gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or visit gov.uk/travelaware for country-specific information.

Last updated: 12.01.2022 at 14:38