Qatar Travel Guide: Safety, Restrictions & Entry Procedures

Stay Informed and Travel Safely in Qatar with Updated Guidelines

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Until January 10, 2024, any person in possession of a valid Hayya card is permitted entry into Qatar so long as they also have the following:

Documents proving that you have a confirmed hotel reservation or proof of hosting relatives or friends supplied by the Hayya platform; a passport valid for at least three months; a valid return ticket.

Valid health insurance from a firm on the Ministry of Public Health of Qatar’s approved list, available at here; electronic barcode or app-based verification of a valid Hayya entrance permit.

Travelers visiting Qatar should check the country’s official website for the most up-to-date entry and exit procedures.

Qatar Travel Advisory
Qatar Travel Advisory

There is no need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before entering Qatar, and further testing is not necessary upon arrival.

Pre-registration on the Ehteraz App has been removed; however, visitors to Qatar can still download and activate the app by using a local or foreign sim card. When visiting Qatari medical institutions, visitors must prove their Ehteraz App status.

Several Gulf states refuse entry to anyone who possesses just Emergency Travel Certificates. It is likely that you may need to travel to Ireland in order to apply for a new passport if your passport is lost, stolen, or destroyed and you wish to return to your country of stay or residency in the Gulf. Maintaining the safety of your passport can help you avoid any delays.

If your passport is lost, stolen, or destroyed, you may find further details on what to do here.

View of Qatar
View of Qatar

Rules on transiting through Qatar

If you are considering a stopover in Qatar, you should reach your airline or travel agency to find out the most up-to-date information. Occasionally, flights have to be rescheduled or canceled at the last minute.

Transit passengers in Doha should verify whether or not COVID-19 regulations are in effect in their home or final destination countries. Transit passengers are limited to a maximum of 24 hours in the region between flights.

Custom rules and what not to bring when traveling to Qatar

There are stringent regulations on what may be brought into and out of Qatar. You have an obligation to report anything that might be restricted or subject to tax or duty.

It is against the law to bring unlawful substances, alcoholic beverages, pornographic materials, pork products, or religious texts into Qatar. As you enter the nation, your bags will be scanned. The government has the right to inspect, censor, and seize video discs.

Qatar Attractions
Qatar Attractions

There is a ban on importing, selling, and buying electronic cigarettes, liquids, and related devices (including electronic shisha pipes) in Qatar. No consideration is given to quantity or final usage while applying the legislation. Items of this nature, whether carried by travelers or received in the mail, may be seized and confiscated by customs agents upon entry to the nation.

Fill out a declaration form if you are bringing or exporting currency, precious metals, or stones valued at more than 50,000 Qatari riyals. For example:

Bearer financial negotiable instruments, including but not limited to Qatari riyal or foreign cash, traveler’s cheques, money orders, checks, promissory notes (including but not limited to those endorsed without limitation, incomplete, payable to a fictional payee, or signed but without the payee’s name).

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View of Qatar Attractions

gold, silver, platinum, and precious stones like rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and diamonds

If customs authorities need any more details from you, you must provide them.

If you breach the rules, you risk losing your money and maybe going to jail.

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