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Travel to Qatar during Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

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TRAFFIC LIGHT STATUS: Amber

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Proof of vaccination:

TBC

Test pre-travel:

TBC

Form pre-travel:

TBC

Test on arrival:

TBC

Screening on arrival:

TBC

Quarantine on arrival:

YES

Test during stay:

TBC

RETURN REQUIREMENTS

Test pre-return travel:

YES

Test on return:

YES

Quarantine on return:

YES

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Proof of vaccination: This requirement is yet to be confirmed by the destination.
Test pre-travel: Whether a test is required, and the type of test, has yet to be confirmed by the destination
PCR Test locations: https://covidtraveladvice.kuoni.co.uk/pcr-test-locations
Test time: Acceptable timescales for proof of testing negative for Covid-19 prior to arrival have yet to be confirmed by the destination.
On arrival:

You are currently unable to enter into Qatar for leisure purpose.  Should you have special permission from the Qatari government to enter, you will need to quarantine for 7 days in a government-approved hotel at your own expense.

 

Further quarantine may be required depending on your test results. From 22 December, there are two dedicated quarantine hotels for UK arrivals.

Form pre-travel: This destination has not yet confirmed if a Traveller Health Declaration is required and within what timescale.
RETURN REQUIREMENTS
Test pre-return travel:

On your return a negative test must be taken in the 3 days (72 hours) before you depart to the UK. You will be required to show your test results before you board the return 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

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 under the age of 11 are exempt from this testing prior to returning back to England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

If you are returning back to England on or after the 4th October 2021 and are fully vaccinated, then you will no longer need to do this test.  Anyone who is returning from a red list country, or is not fully vaccinated must continue to follow the guidance above.  Children aged 17 and under are also exempt regardless of their vaccination status.  If you are returning back to Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, you must continue to follow the testing advice above at this time.

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. 

Children, under the age of 4 will be exempt from any testing on return to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Children under the age of 5 will be exempt from testing on return to Scotland.

Green list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the green list then you will be required to undergo a further COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return into the country.  You must ensure that this test is booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This need to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

Should you be arriving into Northern Ireland from either Portugal, Israel or Singapore you will also be asked to take an additional free PCR test on Day 8.

If you are returning back to England on or after the 4th October 2021 and are not fully vaccinated, then you will need to undergo two COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 and on day 8.  You may be able to take a third test on day 5 to release from self isolation.  Children aged 5 to 17 will be able to continue to guidance above regardless of their vaccination status.  Should you be returning back to Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, this does not apply and you should continue to follow the Green list advice.

Green watch list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is currently on the green watch list, then you will be required to undergo a further COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return into the country.  Please remember that countries on the green watch list are able to move to the Amber or red lists.  Therefore should the country you are travelling from move before arrival, you will need to follow the guidance below, depending on the new category.  You must ensure that the testing requirements needed are booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This need to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

If you are returning back to England on or after the 4th October 2021 and are not fully vaccinated, then you will need to undergo two COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 and on day 8.  You may be able to take a third test on day 5 to release from self isolation.  Children aged 5 to 17 will be able to continue to guidance above regardless of their vaccination status.  Should you be returning back to Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, this does not apply and you should continue to follow the Green list advice.

Amber list countries

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated

if you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the Amber list and you are not fully vaccinated, alongside your self-isolation period at home, you will be required to undergo 2 further COVID-19 PCR tests at your own expense on your return into the country.  These tests will need to be taken on or before day 2 and on day 8 of your 10 day isolation period.  You may also able to take advantage of the test to release scheme which will allow for a PCR test to be taken on day 5 to release you from isolation.  You must ensure that your 2 tests are booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This needs to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

Travellers who are fully vaccinated

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom and are fully vaccinated with at least 14 days since your last dose and are able to provide proof of this through a vaccination certificate, then you will be not be required to self-isolate on your return to England, Scotland,  Wales or Northern Ireland.  You will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return, however the test on day 8 will not be needed.  You must ensure that your test is booked before returning as you may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form which needs to be submitted before your departure home.

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.

Quarantine on return:

From 19th March 2021 at 4am, direct flights from Qatar are prohibited.  Persons who have been in, or transitted through Qatar in the previous 10 days cannot enter England.  Should you be a British national, you are able to enter into the country however you will be required to quarantine in a government approved hotel and confirm this directly before travel.

 

A suspension of all Travel Corridors for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is in place from 4am 18 January until at least 16th May 2021. 

 

The following statements have been issued by the Department for Transport (DfT) and the devolved administrations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales:

 

Department for Transport (DfT)

 

All UK travel corridors temporarily suspended to protect against new international variants.

 

Emergency border measures introduced to prevent the spread of new variants of coronavirus into the UK. 

  • emergency measures introduced at the border to be in place for at least one month in order to protect the UK against new variants.
  • all international arrivals to the UK from any country (including British and Irish Nationals) must now take a pre-departure test and self-isolate for 10 days.
  • passengers must continue to fill in a Passenger Locator Form and have a negative test before travelling to the UK or could face a £500 fine for each.

 

The statement in full can be accessed via this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/all-uk-travel-corridors-temporarily-suspended-to-protect-against-new-international-variants

 

Northern Ireland

 

Travel Corridor Suspended

 

The UK Government has announced that it is to suspend the travel corridor system until at least 15 February.  This will come into effect from 4am on Monday 18 January.  Travel corridors operate on a four-nation basis and the decision will see Northern Ireland amend regulations to remove the approximately 64 countries, islands and territories remaining on the travel corridor list.

 

The statement in full can be accessed via this link: https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/news/travel-corridor-suspended

 

Scotland

 

Travel corridors suspended.

Changes to travel restrictions following new COVID-19 variant. Following identification of a new variant of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Brazil, the Scottish Government will impose additional restrictions on arrivals. From 04:00 on Monday, all country exemptions from self-isolation after international travel will be suspended.

 

Passengers travelling to Scotland from outside the Common Travel Area will be required to isolate for ten days on return. They must also have a valid negative COVID-19 test result, taken no more than three days before the scheduled time of departure.

 

The statement in full can be accessed via this link: https://www.gov.scot/news/travel-corridors-suspended/

 

Wales

 

Travel corridors to be suspended as new virus strains emerge. 

 

The First Minister has tonight confirmed travel corridors will be suspended in Wales to help prevent new mutated strains of coronavirus entering the UK. Travel corridors will be suspended from Monday until at least 15 February – and possibly longer – as all four nations of the UK act together.

 

The statement in full can be accessed via this link: https://gov.wales/travel-corridors-be-suspended-new-virus-strains-emerge

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

It is compulsory to download the Qatari tracing app onto a smartphone and to wear a face mask when outside of hotels/accommodation.

Social distancing guidelines must be followed at all times.

Malls and restaurants have started to reopen with restrictions on capacity and hours of operation.

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: 06.08.2021 at 14:18