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Travel Restrictions

  • MUST READ (Updated October 01, 2021): Qatar Travel and Return Policy
  • Citizens and residents can travel abroad at any time, provided that the travel and return policy is adhered to.
  • Updated as of October 01, 2021:  The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) is announcing a set of updates to its COVID-19 Travel and Return Policy which will come into effect on Wednesday, October 06, 2021. Replacing the current countries classification with two lists, Green and Red, in addition to a secondary list of Exceptional Red Countries based on international and local health risk indicators:

-       List of GREEN Countries 

-       List of RED Countries 

-       List of HIGH-RISK Countries

  • The PHILIPPINES is included in the list of HIGH-RISK Countries with changes to Travel and Return Instructions, and Hotel Quarantine policy.
  • All Qatari and GCC citizens should travel from and to the State of Qatar using their passports and not their ID cards as a precautionary measure to control the transmission of COVID-19 infection in the country.
  • Citizens, their Spouses and Children, and the Holders of Permanent Residency:

-      Citizens, their spouses and children, and permanent residency holders can return to the State of Qatar at any time, provided they adhere to the travel and return policy.


  • GCC Citizens can enter the State of Qatar through air and land ports
  • Residents abroad may return to the State of Qatar, as of August 1, 2020, by applying for an "Exceptional Entry Permit" through "Qatar Portal" website.
  • Residents who are currently in the State of Qatar and wish to travel and return will automatically receive an "Exceptional Entry Permit". The resident or their employer will be able to printout the permit from the Ministry of Interior's website at any point after their departure. Residents currently abroad are still required to get the "Exceptional Return Permit" via the "Qatar Portal" website if they wish to return to the State of Qatar.
  • Workers (Craftsmen and Manual Professions):

-     The employer (public or private sector) may submit an "Exceptional Entry Permit" application for craftsmen and manual workers electronically via the "Qatar Portal" website. A similar process applies to domestic workers.


  • VVIP Visitors and accompanying Officials:

-      VVIP Guests bringing their own COVID-19 testing Certificate, should ensure the testing technique used is RT-PCR. The testing result must be negative and valid for 48 hours after arrival to Qatar. If the visit duration is over 72 hours, they must be re-tested. If the VVIP Guests were tested in Qatar, they must be re-tested after 72 hours.


  • Diplomats

-      Members of the Qatari diplomatic missions abroad, Cultural, and Military Attaches on annual leaves, and Foreign Missions' Heads and their families should have a COVID-19-free Certificate from one of the testing centers approved and announced by MOPH. In the absence of MOPH approved testing centers, a certificate using RT-PCR is crucial to be exempted from testing at the Port of Entry (PoE).  The COVID-19-free Certificate should not exceed 48 hours before travel. Otherwise, they will be tested at the Airport upon arrival and shall be home quarantined for a week and re-tested on day 6.

-      The same process applies to the holders of administrative cards, except employees on local contracts.

 

Reminder to Passengers traveling on MNL-DXB with onward flight to DOHA:

 

  • PCR is not required in DXB for transit passengers. Passenger must have confirmed onward ticket and to follow the Qatar requirements. 
  • Passengers bound for Doha must have:
                   o Exceptional Entry Permit 
                   o Quarantine Hotel booking dated on the same day of arrival
  • Changes to Travel & Return Instructions and Hotel quarantine policy with immediate effect (September 22, 2021)

  • Reference to the travel and return policy effective 23rd August, 2021 and based on the directives of Ministry of Interior, please take note of the following entry regulations for GCC residents. Residents of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates can obtain visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 30 days. They must:
  • This does not apply to nationals of Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

  • This does not apply to passengers with "The Palestinian Authority" passport.

  • This does not apply to passengers with a travel document issued to refugees and stateless persons.

 

  • Entry Permits for FIFA ARAB CUP Fans using the Fan Card ID (October 13, 2021)
    • It has been decided by the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority that FIFA Arab Cup fans with fan ID card are permitted to enter the State of Qatar based on the attached “CONFIRMATION OF ENTRY PERMIT / FAN ID REGISTRATION FOR THE STATE OF QATAR” form, via airports in the State of Qatar, provided they are registered on Ehteraz platform 72 hours before travel and obtain approval to enter the country, and accordingly the procedure will be as follows:
      1. Activate the use of this entry permit from 15 NOV 2021
      2. Last day to enter Qatar according to the permit is 18 DEC 2021
      3. The permit is valid from the date of entry until 25 DEC 2021
      4. Permit and fan card allow for multiple entry
      5. Obtaining approval from the Ehteraz platform before entering the State of Qatar
      6. This Entry Permit or Fan ID card is considered as visa that authorizes its holder multiple entry to the State of Qatar during the specified period.


COVID-19 Health Requirements

  • Changes to Travel & Return Instructions and Hotel quarantine policy effective on October 06, 2021: 
  1. Replacing the current countries classification with two lists, Green and Red, in addition to a secondary list of Exceptional Red Countries based on international and local health risk indicators.
  2. Travelers are required to sign an Undertaking and Acknowledgment Form before arrival to Qatar. The form is available on MOPH website, and online registration platform (Ehteraz website). 

     Download the Undertaking and Acknowledgment Form

  3. Pre-travel PCR test is no longer mandatory for fully vaccinated Qatari citizens and residents who are traveling from Green list countries; instead, they will be required to do the test within 36 hours of arrival in Qatar. 
  4. Conditionally approved vaccine list have been updated to include Sinovac and Sputnik (V) COVID-19 vaccines.
  5. Visitors coming from abroad are now able to activate Ehteraz mobile application using an international SIM card upon arrival to the State of Qatar.
  6. Non-residents of Qatar must register via online registration platform (www.ehteraz.gov.qa) at least (3) days before arrival.
  • Reminder (July 16, 2021): Requirements for passengers holding Family and Personal Visit Visa. Passengers will not be accepted without the following:

      -    Valid Family Visit Visa or Personal Visit Visa

      -    A passport valid for at least 6 months
-   Health insurance for all medical expenses during the visit
-   Confirmed return tickets valid for 3 months
-   Fully vaccinated vaccines approved by the Ministry of Public Health, and completing a
    period  of 14 days after the second dose.
-   Electronic registration on the Ehteraz platform (WWW.EHTERAZ.GOV.QA) to obtain the
    approval of the Ministry of Public Health before traveling.
-   Obtaining approval from Ehteraz platform before arriving into the country
-   Negative PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival from approved medical center in the country
    where he/she came from.

 

Important Reminder to Passengers bound for Qatar (as of June 20, 2021):

  • All passengers are required to obtain a valid NEGATIVE COVID-19 PCR test at:
    • a medical center approved by the local ministry of health in the country of origin, up to 72 hours prior to their arrival in the State of Qatar (reference: https://www.moph.gov.qa).

Note: RT-PCR test should be taken within 72 hours before flight departure and it should be valid upon arrival

  • All passengers shall have access to the Ehteraz Smartphone Application
  • All passengers arriving from non-green list countries (https://:www.moph.gov.qa) shall have a PRINTED COPY of:
    • PCR Test Result (NEGATIVE)
    • Discover Qatar Quarantine Hotel Booking
    • Exceptional Entry Permit
    • Filled-out Undertaking and Health Assessment Forms
                      Note: The passengers will be escorted from the airport directly to quarantine facilities.
  • Fully vaccinated passengers shall hold PRINTED COPY of their vaccination certificate.
  • Qatari and GCC citizens are exempted from holding an Exceptional Entry Permit
  • Passengers shall observe physical distancing of minimum 1.5 meters
  • The use of Mask is mandatory everywhere and around the premises
  • Airlines shall verify prior to boarding that passengers have a PRINTED COPY of ALL required documents

 

  • The following is a list of vaccines approved by the Ministry of Public Health:
    • Pfizer/Biontech Vaccine (Comernate)
    • Moderna Vaccine (Spikefax)
    • AstraZeneca vaccines (Coveshield/Oxford/Vaxepheria)
    • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

 

  • Conditionally approved vaccines:
    • Sinopharm Vaccine
    • Sinovac
    • Sputnik V

 

  • There should be an official vaccination card or certificate complete with the following details:
    • Name of the recipient.
    • Date of vaccination by each dose.
    • Type of the vaccine.
    • The lot number of the vaccine
    • Official Logo and/or official stamp of the vaccination authority/unit.

If in doubt of the authenticity of the certificate, verification may be necessary through the Embassy of the country where the vaccine was administered.


Discover Qatar:


  • Allocate a dedicated hotel; guests from other countries other than the aforementioned 6 countries should not be allowed to book on said dedicated hotel.
  • Allocate specific building/villa in Mekhaines for the above-said passengers from the aforementioned 6 countries.
  • Guests from the different countries should not be mixed and each country must have their dedicated rooms/floors/buildings for proper public health monitoring.
  • Discover Qatar website

Hotel Quarantine and Mekhaines Facilities:


  • Please ensure that dedicated buildings/villas for each of the 6 countries are allocated, and guests are accordingly assigned rooms based on their departure country.
  • Ensure that each guest undergoes PCR tests on-arrival/or on Day 1, repeat tests on Day 5 and Day 9. If found negative on day 9 test, they should be discharged once result is released on day 10.
  • The dedicated buildings/villas in Mekhaines should be manned by a security guard 24/7 and not to allow guests to visit public areas or other guests.
  • Visit the link to the Updated Travel Policy: Ministry of Public Health - تفاصيل الخبر (https://moph.gov.qa)
  • For more information and latest updates, please refer to the below link to Ministry of Public Health on Travel and Return Policy: https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/Pages/Qatar-Travel-Policyy.aspx

Required Forms

  • Travelers are required to sign an Undertaking and Acknowledgment Form before arrival to Qatar. The form is available on MOPH website, and online registration platform (Ehteraz website). 

           - Download the Undertaking and Acknowledgment Form 

  • All arriving passengers must install “EHTERAZ” application on their cell phone.
  • Each passenger must complete Health Assessment Form before arrival to Qatar:

-          Health Assessment form as of April 19, 2021

  • Employers, whether individuals or companies, government or private, must obtain "Exceptional Entry Permit" for residents and their family members (QIDs holders) who are still abroad in order to allow them to return to the State of Qatar. The permit is valid for one month from its date of its issuance and can be renewed automatically if not used.
  • Residents who are currently in the State of Qatar and wish to travel and return will automatically receive an "Exceptional Entry Permit". The resident or their employer will be able to printout the permit from the Ministry of Interior's website or "Metrash2" application at any point after their departure. Residents currently abroad are still required to get the "Exceptional Return Permit" via the "Qatar Portal" website if they wish to return to the State of Qatar.
  • Exceptional Entry permit copy should be carried by the passengers to be presented on arrival.  Exceptional Entry Permit issued through “Qatar Portal” https://portal.www.gov.qa/wps/portal/qsports/home

-           Sample of ID Cards 

-           New Exceptional Entry Permit (Sample) 

  • All holders of Qatar Residence Permit are required to have a separate exceptional entry permit to enter the State of Qatar (even in case of Head of the family has an exceptional permit and his family are travelling with them they are all required to obtain exceptional entry permit as well), except for the Non-Qatari passengers under the sponsorship of a Qatari national and traveling with him/her or one of the first-degree sponsor’s relative who is a Qatari national on the same flight.
  • Non-Qatari passengers are exempted from the exceptional entry permit if they are sponsored by a Qatari Company and the owner of the company (Qatari) is traveling with them to Doha on the same flight.
  • PH Bureau of Immigration (BOI) Declaration of acknowledging the risks involved in travelling. Click to download the BOI Declaration form.  
  • Registration to PAL’s passenger contact tracing forms:

All passengers must register to the PAL Passenger Information Form as early as 24 hours before their flight. A separate form shall be filled out by passengers whose COVID-19 test will be taken with any of PAL’s Partner Laboratories, please register to PAL Laboratory Partner e-CIF as early as 5 days before departure.

Other Requirements

  • SEA CREW:

-          Valid Seaman's Visa

-          Seaman's Book

-          Original Copy of the Letter of Guarantee


Other Information

  • For the latest advice, information and resources, go to:

-          https://covid19.moph.qa

-          https://www.iata.org/en/programs/covid-19-resources-guidelines/covid-gov-mitigation/

-          https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php


 Travel Advisory 
  •  As of April 22, 2021

-          Read: Ministry of Public Health issues an update to the quarantine protocol​​

  • As of June 03, 2021

-     Following the circular issued by QCAA on April 27, 2021 regarding the Instructions for travelers coming from the six Asian countries. (India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri-Lanka, and the Philippines). Please note that Vietnam has been added to these countries effectively from 10.30 pm on the June 05, 2021. Anyone coming from the Vietnam shall be subjected to a PCR test on arrival in Qatar free of charge until 10.30 pm on the June 05, 2021.

 



 

 


  • 1. The Companion (house workers, or other similar companions) should be accompanied by the GCC citizens or one of their first-degree direct family members.