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Qatar re-opens borders to fully vaccinated global travellers

17 July 2021

Qatar has re-opened its borders for international travellers who are fully vaccinated, provided, the vaccine is in the approved list of Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health, and has been taken at least 14 days prior to travel.

The new travel measures indicate that tourists and travellers who plan to enter Qatar will not have to quarantine upon arrival if they are fully vaccinated. However, they will have to produce the negative RT-PCR test, which has been taken 72 hours prior to travel.

These measures have eased travel for several international passengers, and also for Qatari residents and locals.

Amongst the approved list of vaccines are Covishield by Oxford-AstraZeneca, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, Comirnaty by Pfizer BioNTech. Spikevax by ModernaTX, Vaxzevra.

“Travellers have to apply for the authorization through the ‘Ehteraz’ website (free of charge), at least 12 hours before their planned departure to Qatar. All in-bound travellers are advised to submit their application as soon as they have all their required documentation, to ensure they can board their flights as planned. Airlines are advised to only let passengers board who have a valid travel authorisation for Qatar from the above effective date,” says the statement by Qatar Tourism.

All those who are travelling to Qatar will have to register and complete their documentation, including the vaccination certificate, valid RT-PCR and other personal details on the ‘Ehteraz’ website at www.ehteraz.gov.qa. 

So far, about 80 nationalities can visit Qatar with a free ‘Visa on Arrival’. Indian nationals are also included in the list.

According to the Qatar Airways website “Nationals of India can be granted visa waiver for a period of 30 days on their arrival in the State of Qatar, given the following conditions: The passenger’s passport must be valid for at least 6 months. The passenger must have a confirmed return ticket. Passengers should provide a confirmed hotel reservation. “It is advised to apply for their travel authorisation on the ‘Ehteraz’ website once the visitor visa is obtained.”
For more details, visit www.moph.gov.qa. 

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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