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Reopening Qatar citizens & residents rules

Qatar has opened its borders to welcome the world back.

Stay updated on the latest travel policies, visa requirements and more. Begin by checking your eligibility criteria and jot down the step by step process for a hassle-free visit to the State of Qatar. We look forward to seeing you soon.

The Exceptional Entry Permit has been replaced with the Travel Permit. Pre-electronic registration through the Ehteraz platform ( is optional for citizens and residents. 

1. Step

Travel policies

Check the travel policies to see what applies to you based on the status of the country of departure and make note of the travel policies that apply to you whether standard health measures or red health measures as shown below. 

Standard health measures for travellers arriving from non-red listed countries

Pre-departure PCR test

Not required.

Quarantine information

Exempted from quarantine.

PCR test on arrival

Rapid Antigen Test must be conducted within 24 hours of arrival

Pre-departure PCR test

Must submit a negative pre-travel PCR lab result with validity of 48 hours from departure time at the country of origin.

Quarantine information

5 days home quarantine is mandated. 

PCR test on arrival

A PCR test must be conducted within 24 hours of arrival, followed by a Rapid Antigen Test on day 5 of home quarantine.

Travellers who’ve received two doses of a conditionally approved vaccine followed by one dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine will be considered fully immune on completion of 14 days post the last vaccination

Travellers requiring hotel quarantine, will have to book the hotel quarantine on the Discover Qatar website
1. Step

Acquire a negative PCR test

All travelers needs to present a negative PCR test result that must be less than 72 hours old when arriving in Qatar.

2. Step

Register and apply for your travel permit

Register for an account on and apply for your travel permit in a few simple steps. The following documents will be required to successfully submit your application. 

  • Passport and travel details
  • Vaccination certificate (required for travel without quarantine)
  • Hotel booking confirmation (Applicable only for hotel quarantine requirements)
  • Note: the travel permit is applied for and issued for free. No additional costs will be acquired for the permit. You will be notified as soon as your travel permit is approved. Download, print and keep the travel permit handy during your travel. 
3. Step

Download and print your approved travel permit

You will be notified as soon as your travel permit is approved. Download, print and keep the travel permit handy during your travel. 

4. Step

Download the Etherez mobile app

Download the Ehteraz mobile application before or on arrival at the airport. 

1. Step

Show permit to check-in agent

At the airport show your travel permit to the airline check-in agent. Please note that without a valid permit the airline will deny boarding.

2. Step

Activate the Ehteraz mobile application on arrival

Activate the Ehteraz mobile application on arrival using your international or a local SIM card that it is showing the correct health status for you on your return to Qatar. Your Ehteraz application will then start updating the your vaccination details as well. 

3. Step

Get a PCR test done within 36 hours of arriving in Qatar

Visit the nearest Primary Health Care Corporation health centers, a private clinic or hospital to conduct a PCR test. GCC citizens visitors are recommended to visit private clinics or hospitals that are licensed by the Ministry of Public Health to conduct the PCR test.

Children under the age of 4 are exempted from the test procedure

More detailed information on COVID-19 travel criteria can be found here.