COVID-19: Travel restriction lists updated

6 Dec 21

QATAR

IMPACT – MEDIUM

The Qatari government has updated its Green, Red and Exceptional Red country lists.

Green Countries:

  • There are 175 Green Countries, including Australia, China, Russia, the U.K. and the U.S. as well as the majority of EU and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
  • Qatari citizens, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens and residents who are fully vaccinated will be exempt from the seven-day quarantine but must take a PCR test within 36 hours of arrival.
    • These travelers are exempted from needing a negative PCR result taken within 72 hours before arriving to Qatar.
    • Passengers with a conditionally certified vaccine must perform a Serology Antibody test before arriving in Qatar and if the passenger is unable to take the test in the country of departure, the passenger must undergo home quarantine for 7 days.
  • Qatari citizens, GCC citizens and residents who are not fully vaccinated must have a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival and quarantine at home for seven days.
  • Visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, must have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival. Fully vaccinated visitors will be exempt from the seven-day quarantine.

Red Countries:

  • There are 21 Red Countries, including, Austria, Belgium Ireland and the Netherlands.
  • Qatari citizens, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens and residents, regardless of their vaccination status, must have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival. Fully vaccinated individuals will be exempt from the seven-day quarantine but must take a PCR test within 36 hours of entering the country.
  • Fully vaccinated visitors must have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival, take another PCR test at their quarantine location and quarantine for two days or until they receive negative test results.
  • Unvaccinated visitors must have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival and quarantine for seven days.

Exceptional Red Countries:

  • There are 16 Exceptional Red Countries (High Risk Countries), including Egypt, India, Indonesia and the Philippines and South Africa.
    • Individuals traveling from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe should check entry requirements found here before traveling to Qatar.
  • Qatari citizens, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens and residents who are fully vaccinated must have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, take another PCR test within 36 hours of arrival at their quarantine location and quarantine for two days or until they receive negative test results.
    • Qatar citizens must undergo a two-day quarantine at home; residents and GCC citizens must carry out the two-day hotel quarantine.
  • Qatari citizens, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens and residents who are not fully vaccinated must have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival and quarantine for seven days.
    • Qatar citizens must undergo a seven-day quarantine at home; residents and GCC citizens must undergo a seven-day hotel quarantine.
  • Visitors who are fully vaccinated must have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, take another PCR test on the first day of the quarantine and quarantine for two days or until they receive negative test results.
  • Visitors who are not fully vaccinated will not be allowed to enter the country.

Additional Information: Travelers must complete the Undertaking and Acknowledgement Form before arriving to Qatar unless they were fully vaccinated in Qatar and coming from a green-list country. Non-resident travelers must complete all pre-registration requirements on this website at least three days before arrival. More information on Qatar’s entry requirements can be found here.

BAL Analysis: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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