Travel restrictions to Qatar

Last updated: 28 October 2022

Who can travel?

Until 31 October 2022 (inclusive), visa-on-arrival facilities are available for residents of GCC countries and passengers eligible for visas on arrival based on their citizenship. However, citizens of the following countries are not allowed to enter Qatar unless they hold Ehteraz approval and a UAE residence visa where their job title in Arabic is listed in the profession list:

  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Mali
  • Pakistan
  • Syria
  • Thailand
  • Ukraine
  • Yemen

Effective from 01 November 2022 until 23 December 2022, entry of visit visa holders is suspended.

Passengers will need a Hayya Card to enter Qatar from 01 November 2022 until 23 December 2022, regardless of whether they are travelling to attend a match or not. They can stay in the country until 23 January 2023. This requirement does not apply to:

  • citizens and residents of Qatar and citizens of GCC countries holding a Qatari ID.
  • holders of personal recruitment visas and work entry permits.
Qatar covid travel restrictions
 

PCR and vaccination documents needed for travelling

All passengers and foreign airline crew must hold:

  • a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test result certificate from a test taken no more than 24 hours before departure of the first flight of their itinerary; OR
  • a negative COVID-19 PCR test result certificate from a test taken no more than 48 hours before departure of the first flight of their itinerary.
  • This does not apply to:
    • citizens and residents of Qatar;
    • children under 6 years old;
    • until 30 March 2023, passengers with Hayya Entry Permit (organiser) for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022;
    • foreign airline crew staying less than 96 hours.

PCR test on arrival for citizens and residents of Qatar

  • Citizens and residents of Qatar, excluding children under 6 years old, are subject to a COVID-19 rapid antigen test within 24 hours after arrival.

Documents needed for travelling

  • Passengers must register at https://www.ehteraz.gov.qa/ at least 3 days before arrival and obtain pre-travel approval.
  • This does not apply to:
    • citizens and residents of Qatar;
    • citizens and residents of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates;
    • until 30 March 2023, passengers with Hayya Entry Permit (organiser) for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
  • Passengers must download the Ehteraz mobile app at https://www.ehteraz.gov.qa/ and activate it on their mobile phones. This does not apply to passengers with diplomatic passports travelling on duty.

Visa on arrival

  • Passengers who can obtain a visa on arrival, excluding citizens and residents of GCC countries eligible for visa on arrival based on the profession list approved by Qatar authorities, must have:
    • Ehteraz pre-approval at least 3 days before arrival. The approval can be obtained at https://www.ehteraz.gov.qa/; AND
    • a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test result certificate from a test taken no more than 24 hours before departure of the first flight of their itinerary; OR
    • a negative COVID-19 PCR test result certificate from a test taken no more than 48 hours before departure of the first flight of their itinerary.

Citizens and residents of GCC countries

  • Citizens of Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Palestinian territories, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen who are residents of GCC countries can now obtain a visa on arrival facilities in Doha. Passengers must have:
    • GCC residence permit and a passport valid for a minimum of 3 months from the arrival date; and
    • the job title mentioned in the GCC residence permit in Arabic must be one of the titles listed here. This does not apply if the sponsor is a citizen of Qatar and travelling with the passenger; and
    • a confirmed and paid hotel booking for the intended days of stay. This does not apply if the sponsor is a citizen of Qatar and travelling with the passenger; and
    • a valid and confirmed return or onwards flight booking; and
    • arrive from their country of residence.
  • This does not apply to passengers with a travel document issued to refugees and stateless persons.
  • Visa on arrival for the above nationalities is not available for the professions of business partner, investor, or sponsor, except for permanent or golden residence visa holders.

Visa on arrival for citizens of India, Pakistan, and Iran

  • Citizens of India, Pakistan, and Iran can get visa on arrival in Qatar for a period of confirmed hotel stay booking* in one of the country's hotels available through the Discover Qatar website only (https://www.discoverqatar.qa/).
  • The visa can be extended for a maximum stay of 60 days when the hotel reservation is extended. Hotels booked on any other platform/website are not accepted.

*The hotel booking through the Discover Qatar website is not applicable if the above-mentioned citizens hold a valid GCC issued residence permit and are eligible for visa on arrival based on GCC residence and their profession mentioned on GCC issued residence permit.

PCR test on arrival

  • Passengers could be subject to a COVID-19 antigen test upon arrival. This does not apply to passengers with a Hayya Entry Permit (organisers) for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

More information can be found at https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/travel-and-return-policy/Pages/default.aspx.

Please note:

The above requirements are subject to change without prior notice. Please check the IATA Travel Centre website before your flight to get the latest updates on the requirements of the country you are travelling from and arriving to.

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