Qatar Is Now Open to Vaccinated Tourists. Here’s What to Know Before You Go

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On July 13, Qatar announced its reopening to vaccinated tourists, including Americans. The only major stipulation is all visitors over 18 must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior with an approved vaccine.

The current list of accepted vaccines by the Qatar Ministry of Public Health are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Sinopharm. 

If under the age of 18, the rules are slightly more detailed to allow for those not yet vaccinated. 

If under the age of 11, unvaccinated, and accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult from a “green” risk country, entry is standard with no quarantine required. However, if coming from a higher-risk country, Qatar will require a seven-day hotel quarantine. 

If between 12 and 17 and unvaccinated, entry will be permitted, but the whole party will be required to quarantine based on the risk color of the country of origin. 

You can find Qatar’s risk list by country at the bottom of the page here.

Anyone hoping to visit who is not fully vaccinated or has been immunized with a vaccine that is not on the approved list won’t be permitted entry at this time. 

In addition to proof of approved vaccination, a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival is required.

Once the travelers have obtained their negative PCR results, the next step is to apply for the official travel permit. You’ll need to upload the PCR results, passport, hotel reservations, and travel details when applying for the permit.

It’s worth noting that you must apply for the travel permit a minimum of 12 hours before arrival. This time requirement leaves a relatively small window with the 72 hour PCR test requirement. 

Once approved, you’ll need to print your travel permit and potentially present it several times en route.

Upon arrival in Doha, you’ll be required to use the Ehtaraz app, which only works with two Qatari-approved SIM cards – either Vodaphone or Ooredoo. Both are available for purchase at the Doha airport and the Abu Samra port.

Qatar gives US passport holders a 30-day visa on arrival.


Lauren is a freelance journalist from Seattle. She travels the globe in search of the best grocery stores, bouldering gyms, and snorkeling locations. Her mission at Freedom Is Everything is to help others make the transition into location-independent lifestyles.