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Qatar re-opens for fully vaccinated international travellers

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Qatar has reopened its borders to international travellers with full vaccinations, provided the vaccine is from the Ministry of Public Health’s approved list and taken at least fourteen days before the trip to the country.

Due to travel restrictions imposed due to the Coronavirus, the peninsular country of Qatar has reopened its borders to international travellers who have been fully vaccinated as long as the vaccine is from the Ministry of Public Health’s approved list and is taken at least 14 days before travelling. In the new travel measures, tourists and travellers coming to Qatar do not have to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated; however, they need to have a negative RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours before arrival. This has eased travel for domestic and international passengers as well as locals in Qatar.

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The approved vaccines include Covishield by Oxford-AstraZeneca, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm, Comirnaty by Pfizer BioNTech (mRNA vaccine), and Spikevax by ModernaTX, Inc., Vaxzevra. Qatar Tourism states that travellers must apply for the authorization through the Ehteraz website (for free) at least 12 hours before they intend to depart for Qatar. We recommend all inbound travellers submit their application as soon as they have all their required documents to ensure they can board their flights as scheduled. All airlines must allow only travellers with valid travel authorizations for Qatar to board from the above date of effect.”

All those travelling to Qatar need to register and complete their documentation, including vaccination certificate, valid RT-PCR and other personal details on the ‘Ehteraz’ website (www.ehteraz.gov.qa). Travellers can also find more details on the website of the Ministry of Public Health (www.moph.gov.qa).

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