FAQ


In case of  loss or damage of a passport the Consulate will issue  a laissez passer to replace the original lost passports. This will take between 3-5 working days to obtain the necessary approvals from the relevant authorities in Doha.

 

Required:

  • The person concerned must attend
  • Report to the Embassy
  • 2 personal photos.
  • Copy of birth certificate for those who do NOT have an identity card.
  • £11 fees for the issuance of a laissez passer.
  • Arriving in Doha, a new passport should be issued.

The Consulate will issue a verbal note “To Whom It May Concern” to Qatari nationals to issue a replacement for the one that was lost or damaged. This requires the following:

  • 1-Report tothe embassy
  • 2-A copy of the person’s passport

For military students, please contact the Military Attaché at: 0207 409 2229

All other students, please contact the Cultural Attaché at: 0207 495 8677

Please contact the Medical Attaché at: 0207 370 6871

02078352655

07734413868

07837637520

  • Please contact the UK national emergency line 999.

    It is free of charge and you can use a landline or a mobile line to get to the local emergency, police, ambulance or fire brigade. AT your call, you will be asked about the service you need, your name and the nature of what had happened and the number of the phone you are calling from. You can ask for an interpreter for the call. If you fall under any aggression, you MUST immediately contact the embassy on 02074930036 and ask the operator or receptionist to talk to the Consular to get the necessary help.

  • If you fall under any aggression, you MUST immediately contact the embassy on 02074930036 and ask the operator or receptionist to talk to the Consular to get the necessary help.
  • In case of arrest you are entitled to make one phone call, make sure you use it to call the Embassy to inform the Consular or the person-on-call to inform them of your full name and place, the name of the police station you are in and the reason for arrest so that Embassy will take the necessary measures.

Remember: do NOT talk with anybody nor give any statements until you have a solicitor as any statements you make can be used against you at court.

PS: In case you are summoned to attend court, you must attend court with the solicitor at the court specific time, lest you will be sentenced in absentia.

 

In case you are unable to contact the Embassy for any reason, all NATIONALS can contact the Qatari MOFA on the following emergency lines:

00974 40111000

00974 40111140

00974 40111104

Free line: 0080008000100

  • A valid first Instance court single status declaration (no married at the present time) of the person.
  • If the man or woman are foreigners (non-nationals), it is necessary to obtain a written consent from the Qatari Ministry of Interior that there is NO-OBJECTION for the marriage to go ahead.
The Consulate will issue a laissez passer to newly-born babies. This requires
  • The baby’s birth certificate from the hospital certified (legalised) by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (The UK Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
  • £11 fees for the issuance of a laissez passer.
  • A copy of the father’s and mother’s passports.
  • The original marriage certificate.
  • In case of a foreign mother, a copy of the Qatari Interior Ministry's No- objection certificate.

All documents issued in the UK have to be stamped with the apostille of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) legalisation department.

It is your responsibility to check with the FCO or foreign affairs offices as to what the necessary procedures required by them are in order to get your documents processed and apostilled.

Personal Documents Include

  • Police Clearance – Criminal Record Clearance
  • Fingerprints
  • Copy of Passports
  • Drivers Licence
  • Medical Report
  • Birth, Marriage, Divorce Certificate
  • Court Order
  • Inheritance Will
  • Change of Name Notification
  • Personal Power of Attorney

Personal Document Fees - £22 per document submitted
Fees paid by Postal Order only made payable to Embassy of the State of Qatar

Disclaimer

The Embassy of the State of Qatar has no authority within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or other foreign offices and therefore has no control over the processes or procedures for document legalisations in the FCO.

Each document must be certified and apostilled individually.  Documents certified or apostilled in a bundle will not be accepted by the Embassy legalisation department. 
 

All documents issued in the UK have to be stamped with the apostille of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) legalisation department.

It is your responsibility to check with the FCO or foreign affairs offices as to what the necessary procedures required by them are in order to get your documents processed and apostilled.

Educational Documents Include

  • Post-Graduate Degree
  • Higher Education Degree
  • College Certificates or Diploma
  • Further Education including A-Level, BTECH, NVQ, HNC, HND, Level 1-3
  • Secondary Education include GCSE
  • Primary School Certificate – per child

All Higher Education and Further Education certificates submitted must be supported by a covering letter and an academic transcript. 

Covering letter

All educational certificates submitted must be supported by a covering letter issued by the educational provider confirming all of the following information:

  • location of studies
  • location of examinations
  • start and end dates of studies
  • the mode of studies – full-time or part-time
  • the format of studies – distance learning (E-learning) or face to face (on-site learning)

Academic transcript

All educational certificates submitted must be supported by an academic transcript or academic record that lists

  • all the modules or subjects you studied in each year
  • the marks or grades you achieved for each module
  • the credit value and level of each module.

It should be stamped or signed by the registry of your previous institution and be on official letter-headed paper. If you do not have an academic transcript you will need to contact your previous institution to request one.

 

All documents listed above must be individually certified and apostilled by the FCO or other foreign affairs offices prior to submitting it for legalisation at the Embassy of the State of Qatar consular legalisation department in London.

Educational Document Fees - £22 per document submitted
Fees paid by Postal Order only made payable to Embassy of the State of Qatar

Disclaimer

The Embassy of the State of Qatar does not recognise any educational certificate or document obtained via distance learning or online learning and therefore will not be accepted by the Embassy even if it certified and apostilled by the FCO or other foreign affairs offices.

All original commercial documents, invoices, packing list, certificate and other documents must be submitted and addressed to the Embassy of the State of Qatar Legalisation Department in London through the;

  • Arab British Chamber of Commerce for commercial documents in the UK
  • Arab Irish Chamber of Commerce for commercial documents in the Republic of Ireland
  • For NorwayIceland and Ireland commercial documents must be certified and apostilled to the country’s foreign affairs office and then submitted to the Embassy of the State of Qatar Legalisation Department in London
  • For JerseyGuernsey and the Isle of Man, documents must be certified and apostilled by the Lieutenant Governor department and submitted to the Embassy of the State of Qatar in London

Commercial Documents Include

  • Commercial Contracts
  • Certificates of Registration or Incorporation
  • Company Record of Achievement
  • Company Trade or Financial Reports
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Certificate of Goods Standing
  • Commercial Powers of Attorney
  • Assignment or Authorisation for Registering Trademarks and Patents
  • Assignment or Authorisation for the Purpose of Transferring or Selling Commercial Shares
  • An Undertaking Certificate
  • Goods and Commercial Product Health Certificate
  • Certificate of Free Sale
  • Certificate of Medical Product, Business, Veterinary, Radioactivity, Trade or Company Charity
  • Product Price

Commercial Document Fees - £33 per document submitted
Fees paid by Postal Order or Draft Cheque only made payable to 
Embassy of the State of Qatar

Submitting your Documents for Legalisation

Submission Process  

Please attach an accompanying covering letter listing the documents being submitted and the reason for submitting the documents

Disclaimer

Documents can only be submitted to the Embassy legalisation department after they have all been individually certified or apostilled by the FCO or Foreign Affairs offices.

Submitting your documents to the Embassy in London

 By Post

You can submit all your certified and apostilled documents by post to:

Embassy of the State of Qatar
Legalisation Department
South Audley Street
London
W1K 1NB
United Kingdom

Please ensure that all post is addressed to the Embassy of the State of Qatar Legalisation Department

All submitted documents must include a pre-paid self-addressed envelope  or in order to return your documents or
 

 
Submissions from outside the UK


Countries

Documents issued in the NorwayIceland and Ireland must be certified and apostilled from their ministry of foreign affairs and then submitted to the Embassy of the State of Qatar in London with the relevant fees. 


British Overseas Territories

Documents issued in the countries and islands belonging to British Overseas Territories including the Cayman Islands, Virgin Islands and Gibraltar must be certified and apostilled the governor of their territory and the FCO and then submitted to the Embassy of the State of Qatar in London with the relevant fees. 


British Territory Exceptions

Personal documents issued in JerseyGuernsey and the Isle of Man must be certified and apostilled the governor of their territory only and then submitted to the Embassy of the State of Qatar in London with the relevant fees. 

Processing Documents

Once we have received your documents, you will be informed as to when your documents will be ready for collection.

This service takes a minimum of 4 - 5 working days and there is no express service or special exceptions. 

Please note processing times may be longer during UK, Islamic and Qatar national holidays. 

The Embassy cannot give any update about the progress of your legalisation by phone.

For enquires regarding your application please e-mail us on consular@qatarembassy.org.uk

Postal orders, company cheques, draft cheques must be made payable to the Embassy of the State of Qatar.
 
 

Type of Document

Amount

Payment Method

Personal Document

£22
per document submitted

Postal Order Only

Educational Documents

£22
per document submitted

Postal Order Only

Commercial and Invoice Documents

£33
per document submitted

Postal Order
Draft Cheque

 

(Cash or personal cheques are NOT accepted)

Please note Consular opening times differ from Embassy opening time
Consulate opening hours:


Monday to Friday

10.00 AM - 1.00 PM

For enquires regarding your application please e-mail us on
consular@qatarembassy.org.uk

Alternatively, you can contact us on
020 7 493 22 00
 
Please ensure that all post is addressed to the Embassy of the State of Qatar Legalisation Department

Embassy of the State of Qatar
Legalisation Department
South Audley Street
London
W1K 1NB
United Kingdom

Coronavirus restrictions in the United Kingdom are constantly changing so it is always best to check the latest Coronavirus updates for the United Kingdom on the government website.


The devolved nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have different restrictions please check the government websites. 

For detailed information on local restrictions in different areas across England    

Local restrictions: areas with an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19)

England

Latest Coronavirus statistics for England 

Coronavirus Guidance 

Northern Ireland 

Wales 

Scotland  


For detailed information on local restrictions in different areas across the United Kingdom Local restrictions: areas with an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19)



Travel to England from another country during coronavirus (COVID-19)


As of Friday 18 March 2022, you do not need to:

  • complete a UK passenger locator form before you travel to England from abroad

  • take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive

  • quarantine when you arrive

This applies whether you are vaccinated or not.

It includes people who are transiting through England.

You should follow any rules that your travel provider tells you to follow.

Other countries may have rules about what you need to do to leave the country to travel to England.

You should check travel advice for the country you are travelling from.

Red list countries and territories

There are currently no red list restrictions in place for travel to England.



For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

For travel update visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from-another-country-during-coronavirus-covid-19

 


No, Qatar is no longer on the Red List

 

Starting from 4 October 2021 England will recognise Qatar administered vaccines.

Travellers from Qatar will no longer have to quarantine upon arrival in England if they have received a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen, vaccines from a relevant public health body in Qatar.



All travel corridors for people arriving in England have been suspended you must follow the rules of the countries and territories you travel through.  


If you have travelled through a country on the red list in the last 10 days you must self-isolate in a government-approved hotel for 10 days.

Fines for those breaking the rules now in place starting at £1,000 and increasing up to £10,000 for repeat offenders.

 

Employers who force or allow staff to come to work when they should be self-isolating will also be liable for fines of up to £10,000, sending a clear message that this will not be tolerated.

Yes

Most major airports across the UK have rolled out coronavirus testing facilities for travellers who require a test.

Check with the airport you are traveling through for more details.

London Heathrow 

London Gatwick

Manchester Airport

Edinburgh Airport



Face coverings – All passengers aged 6 and older are required to wear face coverings at all times within all terminal buildings.

Social distancing – All passengers are required to adhere to social-distancing rules and procedures at all airport

Temperature screening trials - Heathrow is now trialling temperature screening in Terminal 2 Arrivals and a small number of Terminal 5 departures.

VAT Refunds – For VAT refunds, Travelex will operate a post box service and process forms when they are able to reopen stores. Passengers wishing to use this service can drop their forms in the dedicated VAT post boxes next to Customs.

For more information on specific airports please visit the airport websites



England and Wales

The new NHS COVID-19 app is available to download for free in England and Wales, is the fastest way to see if you're at risk from coronavirus.

Download the NHS COVID-19 app

Scotland

Download the Protect Scotland contact tracing app.

Northern Ireland

Download the Stop COVID NI Proximity App


There are different lockdown restrictions across the United Kingdom. 

It is better to check directly with the company or branch of hospitality via their websites, for any specific COVID regulations. 

Always check with the establishment before you attend.



You do not need a PCR test if you are fully vaccinated from an approved vaccine programme and travelling from a non-red list country.

You do need a negative PCR test if are travelling from a Red list country.  

All counties in Ireland are at Level 3. The public health risk means that you will be asked to stay at home, with certain exemptions.

Coronavirus restrictions in Ireland are constantly changing so it is always best to check the latest Coronavirus updates for the United Kingdom on the government website.

Face coverings must be worn in all indoor public settings

 


There are different lockdown restrictions across Ireland. 

It is better to check directly with the company or branch of hospitality via their websites, for any specific COVID regulations. 

Always check with the establishment before you attend.


For more information visit the Irish Government Website



COVID Tracker is a free app for your mobile phone. It will help us to protect each other and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ireland.

Using the COVID Tracker app along with the existing public health measures will help us all stay safe when we meet up, socialise, work or travel.

The app can:

  • alert you if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

  • advise you on what to do to protect yourself and others

  • alert other app users that you were in close contact with if you test positive for COVID-19

Download the App



Rules for entering or returning to Northern Ireland from abroad. 

Since 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to Northern Ireland have changed from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a new system of ‘red list countries' and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world, referred to as ‘non-red-list countries.

The rules for travelling to Northern Ireland depends on your vaccination status and the country you're travelling from.

Further information on these changes is available at:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to international travel rules from 4 October

The following rules for entering or returning to Northern Ireland (NI) from abroad are in place:

For further information, see:

You must fill in a form before you arrive in Ireland called the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. Failure to do so is an offence.

If you are travelling onwards to Northern Ireland, you will have to fill out a portion of the form.

Click here to complete the online COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form.

For more information visit the Irish travel advice website

Travelling to Ireland from a location that is not on the COVID-19 Green List

Travelling to Ireland from a location that is on the COVID-19 Green List

Latest updates on Coronavirus in Ireland


Travel to and within Iceland

People living in Iceland are strongly advised against unnecessary travel to risk areas due to COVID-19, except being fully vaccinated. Special rules apply when travelling to Iceland. Here you can read more regarding travel restrictions to Iceland as a result of COVID-19.

Rules at the border

With vaccination certificate or a certificate of previous infection

Travelers without a vaccination certificate or a certificate of previous infection

Arrive from Greenland

Transit passengers without a vaccination certificate or a certificate of previous infection

Quick guide to COVID-19 border measures

This quick guide to COVID-19 border measures will help you find out what general rules apply when entering Iceland. The information provided here is for guidance only. A final decision on entry is in all cases made at the border.

 


The Icelandic authorities require all arrivals from risk areas to undergo quarantine.

All passengers travelling to Iceland are required to fill out a pre-registration form before arrival, which includes their contact information, address during their quarantine in Iceland and a declaration of health. Children born 2005 or later are exempt from pre-registration, testing and quarantine related to travel.

Quarantine duration after travel from a risk area is 14 days but by undergoing a test for COVID-19 on arrival to Iceland and again after 5 days, this period may be shortened.

A fee is charged for the test, payable on registration or at the border when the first sample is collected. The 2nd test is included in this charge.

Travel restrictions

From Europe: Restrictions were lifted on June 15 to visitors holding passports (or valid residency) from EU/EFTA countries and the UK.

From Canada: Travel restrictions were lifted from July 15 for holders of Canadian passports.

From the USA: Iceland continues to implement the travel restrictions imposed for the Schengen Area. Travel restrictions remain in place until further notice for holders of US passports.



The contract tracing app Rakning C-19 is an important link in the chain of response to COVID-19. The app helps to analyse individuals’ travel and trace their movements against those of other people when cases of infection or suspected infection arise.

Download the Rakning C-19 COVID App

 



How you can stop the spread of COVID-19

The Government of Qatar calls upon all members of society to take care and apply simple, preventive measures to protect against infection. This includes:

  • Wearing a face mask in public.

    Washing your hands often or using hand sanitizers.

  • Keeping a distance of at least one metre (three feet) from people who have symptoms of illness.

  • Using your sleeve to cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing or use tissue paper and dispose of it appropriately.

As per the Ministry of Public Health


Qatar Travel and Return Policy

The below travel &return policy came into effect on Monday, 28February2022 at 7pm.

Quick Links

  1. Countries based on Level of COVID-19 Risk
  2. General policy
  3. Health Measures
  4. Ehteraz Mobile Application Policy
  5. List of Approved and Conditionally Approved Vaccines by the Ministry of Public Health

Immunity Status:

• Fully Vaccinated: Anyone who received any of the following COVID-19 vaccine approved/recognized by the Ministry of Public Health within its immunity validity period: 

o Valid for nine (9) months from fourteen (14) days after 2nd dose or booster dose vaccination of Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zenica COVID-19 vaccines.

o Valid for nine (9) months from 2 weeks after the 1st dose of Jansen & Jansen COVID-19 vaccine; or valid for nine (9) months from  seven (7) days of receiving the booster dose of Jansen & Jansen COVID-19 vaccine.

o Valid for six (6) months from fourteen (14) days after the 2nd dose or booster dose of conditionally approved COVID-19 vaccines, where a positive Serology on Antibody Test lab result is required and is valid for 30 days from testing; If the traveler is unable to take a Serology Antibody test in the country of origin or if the Antibody test result appear negative, the traveler must undergo relevant quarantine for 5 days; Those who received booster dose using MOPH approved vaccines immune status is extended to nine (9) months from  seven (7) days after the booster dose and Serology Antibody test is no longer required.

 

• Recovered: Anyone who had a medically confirmed COVID-19 infection acquired either locally or overseas is considered to have immune status valid for nine (9) months from the date of the infection. There should be an official and verifiable laboratory test result as evidence of the past infection.

 

• Unvaccinated / Non-immune: Anyone who does not meet any of the above criteria. 


List of Approved and Conditionally Approved Vaccines by the Ministry of Public Health:

Approved Vaccines

Conditionally Approved vaccines*

  • Pfizer / BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Sinopharm
  • Moderna (SpikeVax)
  • Sinovac
  • AstraZeneca (Covishield / Oxford / Vaxzevria)
  • Sputnik V
  • Jansen / Johnson & Johnson (only one dose)
  • Covaxin

 

Travelers who are vaccinated outside Qatar are required to submit the original vaccine certificate and any other supporting documents –in Arabic or English language– as a proof that they have obtained the vaccine and should at least include the following information:

o          The name of the traveler must be identical to that on the passport.

o          Doses and dates of vaccine given (one dose for Jansen vaccine and two doses for other vaccines).

o          Type/name of vaccine.

o          The serial number of the vaccine batch and QR code (if available).

 

 

General policy:

  1. Based on COVID-19 epidemiology  in different countries and their local health risk indicators, Qatar has developed specific health and safety measures for travelers coming to Qatar – Standard Health Measures and Red Health Measures.
  2. Citizens and residents are free to travel abroad at any time provided that the Travel and Return Policy is adhered to when returning to Qatar.
  3. The Ministry of Public Health advises citizens and residents to look up and comply with COVID-19 health measures currently in place in the destination country.
  4. Travelers are responsible for keeping up to date with changes to the Travel and Return Policy through official sources before planning to travel to Qatar.
  5. Travelers must comply with Qatar's COVID-19 procedures at all time to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 
  6. Travelers who are required to have a PCR lab result before traveling to Qatar must have it at a medical center authorized by the health authorities in the country of departure. A negative test result is required and must be obtained no more than 48 hours before the time of departure from the country of origin. (Please see the pre-travel test rules for detailed guidance.)
  7. Unvaccinated children below the age of 12 years travelling with fully vaccinated or recovered parent/s will follow the same rules that apply to their parent/s and are not required to have a pre-travel PCR test but only post-arrival test (Rapid Antigen Test) at the following locations:

a. Citizens and Residents: at any public/private clinic within 24 hours of arrival in Qatar but must sign an Undertaking form.
b. GCC Citizens (non-resident) and Visitors: if parent/s are exempted from quarantine, testing for children will be at the port of entry (airport, land, sea) upon arrival in Qatar; if parent/s are subject to hotel quarantine, testing will be at the quarantine hotel.

  1. Non-residents of Qatar must register via the pre-travel registration system for people entering the State of Qatar on  www.ehteraz.gov.qa website and upload all relevant official documents, where applicable, such as vaccination certificates, evidence of previous COVID-19 infection, serology antibody test results (for conditional vaccines), and PCR lab result at least 3 days before arrival. Although uploading the PCR test result is not mandatory during the electronic pre-registration process, travelers who are required to have pre-travel PCR test, must present the original copy of the PCR test result to the airlines in order to allow them to board the plane, or at the country’s ports (land and sea). Your pre-travel online registration will help accelerate your passage and clearance at the port of arrival for a better arrival experience in Qatar. 
  2. While pre-travel registration remains optional for citizens and residents of Qatar, the Ministry of Public Health recommends that all individuals entering Qatar pre-register to ensure the best experience upon arrival particularly those traveling with unvaccinated family members who are required to complete home quarantine as they are required to sign an Undertaking which is readily available in the Ehteraz online registration. 
  3. The Ministry of Public Health has the right to conduct random COVID-19 testing (Rapid Antigen Test or PCR) of travelers upon arrival in Qatar through its air, land and sea ports.
  4. Travelers should download the Ehteraz mobile application and activate it on their mobile phones using a local or international SIM card.
  5. All passengers must sign an Undertaking and Acknowledgement Form before arriving in Qatar. The form is available on the Ministry of Public Health website, pre-registration platform website www.ehteraz.gov.qaand airline online booking form. Citizens and residents are exempted from this requirement on the condition that they are fully vaccinated inside the State of Qatar arriving from one of the countries to which Standard Health Measure apply.
  6. Self-testing of Rapid Antigen is not applicable to travelers. Post-travel/upon arrival Rapid Antigen Testing must be conducted at an authorized healthcare facility: (Please see our post-travel testing policy for detailed instructions) as follows:

a. Citizens and Residents: at any public (PHCC) or Private clinic. 
b. GCC Citizens (non-resident) and Visitors: anyone subject to home quarantine with first-degree relatives shall have their testing done at any authorized private clinics; for unvaccinated children below 12 yrs old who are accompanied by parent/s exempted from quarantine, testing will be at the port of entry (airport, land, sea). 
c. Travelers who are subject to hotel quarantine will have their testing done at the hotel.

  1. Travelers who are required to complete quarantine in a hotel quarantine facility must book a Welcome-Home quarantine package through Discover Qatar’s website https://www.discoverqatar.qa/welcome-home/.
  2. In the case of home quarantine, accommodation conditions must be appropriate, and if the property does not comply with the conditions mentioned in the undertaking, the traveler must book the hotel quarantine package through Discover Qatar's website before travelling to Qatar.
  3. Travelers arriving in Qatar should go to the COVID-19 test clinic at the entry port in case of any COVID-19-related symptoms and take the necessary isolation measures.
  4. Travelers should not go to work or mix with others until the Rapid Antigen Test result is out.
  5. For unvaccinated travelers, their health status in the Ehteraz app will be Yellow because they are under quarantine (please review the quarantine policy for detailed instructions).
  6. Travelers should, on regular basis, check the MoPH Travel and Return Policy for up-to-date detailed guidance according to the country classification and health  and safety measures.
  7. Mekhaines quarantine period shall remain at 7 days.

 

 

Group 1: Citizens and Residents of Qatar

 

A-Qatar Citizens

 

Standard Health Measures

 

COVID-19 Test Required Before Traveling to Qatar

Type & Duration of Quarntine

COVID-19 Test Required On Arrival in Qatar

 

Fully Vaccinated/ Recovered

Not required

Exempted from quarantine

Rapid Antigen Test within 24 hours of arrival

 

 

Unvaccinated / Non-Immune

5 daysHomequarantine

PCR test within 24 hours of arrival, plus Rapid Antigen Test on day 5 of home quarantine

 

 

 

Red Health Measures

 

COVID-19 Test Required Before Traveling to Qatar

Type & Duration of Quarntine

COVID-19 Test Required On Arrival in Qatar

 

Fully Vaccinated/ Recovered

Not required

Exempted from quarantine

Rapid Antigen Test within 24 hours of arrival

 

 

Unvaccinated/ Non-Immune

Must submit a negative pre-travel PCR lab result obtained no more than 48 hours before the time of departure from the country of origin

5 daysHomequarantine

PCR test within 24 hours of arrival, plus Rapid Antigen Test on day 5 of home quarantine

 

 

 

B-Residents

 

Standard Health Measures

 

COVID-19 Test Required Before Traveling to Qatar

Type & Duration of Quarntine

COVID-19 Test Required On Arrival in Qatar

 

Fully Vaccinated/ Recovered

Not required

Exempted from quarantine

Rapid Antigen Test within 24 hours of arrival

 

 

Unvaccinated/ Non-Immune

5 daysHomequarantine

PCR test within 24 hours of arrival, plus Rapid Antigen Test on day 5 of home quarantine

 

 

 

Red Health Measures

 

COVID-19 Test Required Before Traveling to Qatar

Type & Duration of Quarntine

COVID-19 Test Required On Arrival in Qatar

 

Fully Vaccinated/ Recovered

Not required

Exempted from quarantine

Rapid Antigen Test within 24 hours of arrival

 

 

Unvaccinated /Non-Immune

Must submit a negative pre-travel PCR lab result obtained no more than 48 hours before the time of departure from the country of origin

5 daysHotelquarantine

Rapid Antigen Test on day 5 of Hotel quarantine

 

 

 

 

Group 2: GCC Citizens (who are Non-Residents) and Visitors

 

C-GCC Citizens (who are Non-Residents)

 

Standard Health Measures

 

COVID-19 Test Required Before Traveling to Qatar

Type & Duration of Quarntine

COVID-19 Test Required On Arrival in Qatar

 

Fully Vaccinated /Recovered

Must submit a negative pre-travel PCR lab result obtained no more than 48 hours before the time of departure from the country of origin

Exempted from quarantine

Not applicable

 

 

Unvaccinated/ Non-Immune

5 daysHotel, orHomequarantine for those withfirst-degree relatives(on condition that a proof of relationship and residence is provided)

Rapid Antigen Test on day 5 of Hotel/Home quarantine

 

 

 

Red Health Measures

 

COVID-19 Test Required Before Traveling to Qatar

Type & Duration of Quarntine

COVID-19 Test Required On Arrival in Qatar

 

Fully Vaccinated/ Recovered

Must submit a negative pre-travel PCR lab result obtained no more than 48 hours before the time of departure from the country of origin.

1-dayHotelquarantine

Rapid Antigen Test on day 1 of hotel quarantine

 

 

Unvaccinated/ Non-Immune

5 daysHotelquarantine

Rapid Antigen Test on day 5 of Hotel quarantine

 

 

 

D-Visitors

 

Standard Health Measures

 

COVID-19 Test Required Before Traveling to Qatar

Type & Duration of Quarntine

COVID-19 Test Required On Arrival in Qatar

 

Fully Vaccinated /Recovered

Must submit a negative pre-travel PCR lab result obtained no more than 48 hours before the time of departure from the country of origin

Exempted from quarantine

Not applicable

 

 

Unvaccinated/ Non-Immune

5 daysHotel, orHomequarantine for those withfirst-degree relatives(on condition that a proof of relationship

and residence is provided)

Rapid Antigen Test on day 5 of Hotel/Home quarantine

 

 

 

Red Health Measures

 

COVID-19 Test Required Before Traveling to Qatar

Type & Duration of Quarntine

COVID-19 Test Required On Arrival in Qatar

 

Fully Vaccinated/ Recovered

Must submit a negative pre-travel PCR lab result obtained no more than 48 hours before the time of departure from the country of origin

1-dayHotelquarantine

Rapid Antigen Test on day 1 of hotel quarantine

 

 

Unvaccinated /Non-Immune

No entry

 

 

 

 

Ehteraz Mobile Application Policy:

  • Passengers arriving in Qatar must download and activate the Ehteraz app on their mobile devices upon arrival at Qatar’s entry ports. To do so, the traveler must have the following:
    1. SIM card from one of Qatar's service providers (Ooredoo or Vodafone) or an international SIM card.
    2. Mobile internet connection.
    3. The smartphone should support Android 6, newer versions or IOS 13.5 and later versions.
    4. Download and install the app on the mobile phone either via Google Play, Apple App Store or from any online search engines.
    5. SIM cards and smartphones are available for purchase at Hamad International Airport and Abu Samra border crossing if the passenger does not own them before arrival.
  • Diplomats, administrative card holders and VIP visitors arriving on official state visits are excluded from this measure.
  • The Health Status on the Ehteraz app will remain yellow throughout the quarantine period, until the result of the COVID-19 test comes out negative in accordance with the above quarantine policy. 
  • The Heath Status on the Ehteraz mobile app for fully vaccinated persons in Qatar will remain green with a golden frame to indicate that they are excluded from quarantine if the result of the PCR test is negative and that they have completed 14 days from the date of the prescribed doses of the vaccine.
  • The Health Status for citizens and residents who have received the vaccine outside Qatar will remain green without a golden frame until their vaccine data is updated in the system.
  • The Health Status on the Ehteraz app for visitors who have received the vaccine outside Qatar will remain green without a golden frame until their vaccine data is updated in the system.

 

 

COVID-19 tests cost: 

Type of Test

Cost Per Test

PCR Test

QR 160

Rapid Antigen

QR 50

Serology Antibody test (point of care)

QR 50

 

 

Countries based on Level of COVID-19 Risk

The below listing of countries came into effect on Monday, 28 February 2022 at 7pm.

 


From Low-Risk Countries

Arrivals to the State of Qatar from low-risk countries are required to take a Coronavirus test upon arrival at the airport, and to sign a formal pledge to adhere to quarantine at home for a week, noting that the traveller’s status on the Ehteraz application will be yellow, which means that they are required to quarantine. After the week has elapsed, the traveller must go to one of the dedicated health centres to get another Coronavirus test. If the result is positive, the traveller will be transferred to isolation, and if it is negative, the quarantine period ends at the end of that week and the traveller’s status on the Ehteraz application will change to green.

Obtaining a COVID-free certificate from accredited COVID-19 testing centres exempts the traveller from taking the test at the airport upon arrival provided that the date of obtaining the certificate does not exceed 48 hours before travelling.

List of Low-Risk Countries

Non-low Risk Countries

Arrivals from countries that are not included in the list of low-risk countries and in which COVID-19 testing centres have been accredited are required to obtain a virus-free certificate from there no more than 48 hours before travelling. The arrivals must also adhere to the home quarantine for a week upon arrival in Doha while also following the policy and conditions applied to arrivals from the low-risk countries mentioned above.

Arrivals from other countries that are not included in the list of low-risk countries and in which there are no accredited COVID-19 testing centres will be required to quarantine in a hotel at their own expense for one week, provided that hotel accommodation is booked through the “Discover Qatar“ website before arriving in the State of Qatar.

  • After the week has elapsed, the ending of the quarantine period will depend on the result of a COVID-19 test. If the result is positive, the traveller will be transferred to isolation, and if it is negative, the person will commit to home quarantine for another week, in which case the status on the Ehteraz application will be yellow and will then change to green after the week has passed.

Useful Links

Government Communications Office statement on Qatar’s travel policy during the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions

Hamad International Airport Latest COVID updates

Hamad International Airport FAQ

Ministry of Public Health

COVID Low-Risk Countries



MOPH advises against unnecessary travel at this time because of the risk of contracting Covid-19 while abroad.

Under the instructions of the Ministry of Public Health, entry to the State of Qatar for all foreign nationals are temporarily suspended. Hence our visa services will remain suspended till further instructions.

For more information visit Hamad International Airport FAQ

Travellers arriving in Qatar

If you are a passenger arriving in Qatar, you will be required to adhere to quarantine requirements. 

If you are arriving from one of the countries identified by the state of Qatar government as low risk, you will be required to quarantine at home for a period of 1 week. 

For the list of low-risk countries click here.

If you are arriving from any other country, you will be required to quarantine at one of the government’s approved quarantine hotels for a period of one week, followed by another week of home quarantine. 

If you've been tested in one of the MOPH approved COVID-19 testing centres abroad and had a COVID-19 free certificate (48hrs), you are exempted from testing at the airport and eligible for home quarantine for one week.

Before Travel:

Do not go to the airport if you have the following symptoms: Fever, Cough, Shortness of breath, Loss of Taste or Smell, or have a respiratory infection. In this case, postpone your travel and get tested for Covid-19.

Ensure that you have downloaded the Ehteraz App and that the health status is green before travelling.

Ensure you have enough medical face masks for your journey.

At the Airport:

  • Be aware that only travellers may enter the airport terminal buildings.

  • Leave enough time to allow for checks and new procedures.

  • Practice regular hand hygiene and avoid touching your face (nose mouth and eyes).

  • Limit your movement and avoid touching common surfaces as much as possible.

  • Follow cough and sneeze etiquette.

  • Check-in online if possible, bring everything you need for your journey, and have all documents ready.

  • Make sure to practice physical distancing, by keeping 1.5 meters minimum distance between yourself and others.

  • Wear a mask to protect yourself and the other passengers. Boarding will not be allowed without a face mask.

  • Comply with thermal screening, if requested.

Home Quarantine Checklist for returning travellers:

  • Have suitable housing conditions with the availability to their own room and linked bathroom.

  • Must sign an undertaking (including all the family members and household helpers living in the same house) to abide by the rules of home-based quarantine.

  • Must watch a video clip and review the pamphlet on Home Quarantine.

  • Must apply preventive measures at home to protect the others.

  • Have a swab taken on day 5 or 6 of their arrival at the designated Covid19 Quarantine Center.

  • Must answer the phone calls from the public health team after being discharged to Home Quarantine.

  • Must agree to receive a visit from the public health team every 2-3 days.

  • Must inform the public health team if any symptoms developed (fever, cough, body aches, change in taste or smell).

  • Must download the Ehteraz app.

  • Should not receive visitors while under home quarantine.

Click here to download the Home Quarantine for Travelers booklet.



It has been mandatory to install and activate the Ehteraz app when leaving the house for all citizens and residents in Qatar since 22 May.

To download the application, please follow the below links:

App Store

Google Play

 

 

 



Ministry of Public Health Accredited COVID-19 Testing Centres in the United Kingdom

Bupa Cromwell Hospital

164-178 Cromwell Rd,

Kensington,

London

SW5 0TU

020 7460 5700

Wellington Hospital

Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place

London

NW8 9LE

For more details please contact the Medical Attaché on 020 7 370 68 71 or e-mail them at qatmeduk@qatarhealth.co.uk


You do not need to self-isolate if you’re travelling from, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man and have been there for more than 10 days.

Other self-isolation exemption

  • Individuals arriving to attend pre-arranged treatment.

You will still need to provide your journey and contact details. You will be able to travel to and from your healthcare provider and the place you’re staying in the UK. At all other times outside of treatment, you will be required to self-isolate for 10 days.

You may be asked to show a medical letter from your doctor provider explaining your treatment.

If you are bringing a care companion with you to the UK, they will need a letter from your doctor confirming that they’re providing you with care.


If you are arriving from a country on the Amber List you must quarantine at home and follow the government guidelines.  

You must book and pay for a travel COVID test package, which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on day 2 and on day 8 of your home quarantine. 

COVID Tests will be delivered to the delivery address provided on the form and the tests are to be taken in your own accommodation by yourself.

Instruction on how to use the COVID tests are included in the COVID Test packages provided by NHS Track and Trace. 

You will need to take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and day 8 of your quarantine period. The day of arrival in England will be treated as day zero.

If you receive a positive result from your day 2 test, you must quarantine for 10 days beginning the day after the test was taken (this means until day 13). Your household will also need to quarantine until day 13.

If you receive a positive test result from your day 8 test you will be required to quarantine until day 19. Your household will also need to quarantine until day 19.

Ending Quarantine Early

If you’ve quarantined for 10 days and received a negative result to both your day 2 and day 8 tests, you may leave the place where you’re quarantining.

You can see if you can end your quarantine early through the Test to Release scheme.

Children under 5 do not need to take the day 2 or day 8 test

Mandatory Testing Plan

  • Test 1 to be taken after 2 days from arrival
  • Test 2 to be taken after 8 days from arrival

  • If you wish to be released from quarantine early you must take an additional test on day 5 after arrival – this must be booked in advance at a private clinic.
  • You still have to take the test on day 8.

    Quarantine Testing Example

    General 10 day quarantine


  • Arrive on Monday 01/01- (day zero)
  • Test 1 on Wednesday 03/01 – (day two)
  • Test 2 on Tuesday 09/01 the following week - (day eight)
  • Released from quarantine on Thursday 11/01 – (day ten)


    Early release

  • Arrive on Monday 01/01- (day zero)
  • Test 1 on Wednesday 03/01– (day two)

Find out more about:

 

More information 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): red list travel ban countries

Quarantine Booking (ctmportal.co.uk)

What are the new rules for testing and hotel quarantine? - BBC News

How to quarantine when you arrive in England - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


The COVID Test Package includes 2 Covid-19 test kits, to use while you complete your period of mandatory home quarantine at the UK address you specify on your booking.

Each test kit will include full instructions for use and your test kit will be provided by NHS Test and Trace.

Once confirmed and booked, the COVID Testing Package is non changeable and non–refundable.

Tests will be delivered to the address provided in the form so check the correct UK postal address details have been entered to ensure your test kits can be delivered to you. Use capital letters and no spaces when entering your UK postcode.

Please keep your booking confirmation as proof of booking and purchase.

Please note the COVID testing package is different to the COVID Hotel Quarantine package. 

For more terms and conditions please click here.

In accordance with the UK government declaration, as of 4 am on Friday 19 March 2021, the State of Qatar will be added to the coronavirus travel ban Red List.

Only British or Irish National or those with residence rights in the UK and medical exemptions will be allowed entry into the UK


Coronavirus (COVID-19): jobs that qualify for travel exemptions



Passengers who have been in or transited through Qatar in the previous 10 days cannot enter the UK unless they have permitted entry. 

Passengers with Permitted Entry Include:


• British and Irish nationals 

• Nationals with residence rights in the UK 

• Holders of Indefinite Leave to Remain | Existing leave to enter or remain | Biometric Residence permits 

• Students with residence permits or entry clearance 

• Patients and their carers with pre-arranged and urgent medical treatment  

Patients should show a letter or S2 certificate from your healthcare provider explaining your treatment.

Healthcare means all forms of healthcare including mental and physical health. There are also exemptions for live donors and those accompanying the individual, for example a carer or a child.

If you’re bringing a carer or care companion with you to the UK, they should show a letter from your care provider or their employer confirming that they’re providing care so they will also not need to self-isolate.

Qatari patients are requested to contact the Qatar Medical Attaché on 020 7 370 68 7 or via email at  qatmeduk@qatarhealth.co.uk


UNDER RED LIST RULES ALL EXEMPT VISITORS MUST QUARANTINE IN A GOVERNMENT APPROVED HOTEL FOR 10 DAYS.

More Information:

For more information please visit the UK government coronavirus website

To book your government approved hotel please click here  

For information on International Travel please click here

For information on foreign travel advice for Qatar

Coronavirus (COVID-19): red list travel ban countries - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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