The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced new procedures to ensure the continued facilitation of the entry process into the State of Qatar through its air, land, and seaports for travellers who have completed vaccination against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) with vaccines approved by the Ministry in the State of Qatar, as of July 12, 2021.

A new package of precautionary measures will be applied to citizens, residents, and visitors to make the travel experience easy and safe while preserving public health in the country and the measures previously taken to limit the spread of COVID-19.

According to MoPH, fully vaccinated individuals are exempted from quarantine if they are fully vaccinated with a MOPH recognised vaccine (Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Janssen/Johnson&Johnson) and at least 14 days have passed after receiving the second dose of a two-dose series vaccine or from the single-dose in case of single-dose vaccine.

Unvaccinated travellers or those vaccinated with other vaccines not recognised in Qatar, and those who fall short of the 14 days vaccine administration period since the second dose will be subject to quarantine for a period depending on the country’s classification of travel from.

Travellers in this category are required to book a hotel package through Discover Qatar if they are coming from Yellow (7 days) or Red countries (10 days). Children 0-11 years old will follow the same entry regime of their parents. If the latter are vaccinated, the children will be considered vaccinated. Unvaccinated children 12-17 years old will be required do quarantine as for the procedure assigned to the country of departure.

In case of hotel quarantine, they will be accompanied by one parent, even if the latter is vaccinated. Passengers coming to Qatar from all entries will also have to pre-register on the Ehteraz website (www.Ehteraz.gov.qa) and attach all the required documents before arriving in the country for no less than 12 hours.

Citizens, residents, and visitors who have completed vaccination with vaccines approved by the Ministry of Public Health when travelling to Qatar will need to conduct a PCR test at a health center approved by the Ministry of Health in the country from which they are coming.

The certificate shall be valid for 72 hours upon their arrival in Qatar.

The MoPH noted that this procedure applies to all citizens and residents who are not vaccinated

The new procedures also included classification lists for countries of arrival (green, yellow, red) and a quarantine policy for each classification applied to travelers coming to Qatar. Qatar is one of the top ten countries globally in terms of the percentage of the population who have completed their vaccination.

Because of the success of the national vaccination campaign in the country, this step can be achieved smoothly. All travelers must familiarize themselves with the procedures that have been introduced upon entering the country, knowing that these procedures can be changed without prior notice.

The MoPH also urges citizens and residents travelling abroad during the summer to be cautious while travelling and apply preventive measures, which include (wearing a mask, avoiding crowded places, and constantly sterilizing hands).

More information is available at www.moph.gov. qa