Qatar has revised its previous traffic light entry system for foreign travellers, scrapping the amber countries list as well as quarantine for minors under age 11.
The new system is split into just two lists: Green, Red, and a secondary list of Exceptional Red countries based on international and local health risk indicators and the epidemiology of Covid-19 in the different destinations.
At the moment, 188 countries fall in the Green list including Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, China, Australia, UK and US.
There are 15 countries on the Red list, and nine on the Exceptional Red list countries: India, Philippines, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia, Kenya, Sudan.
Previously, destinations were classified under Red, Amber and Green, where arriving foreign travellers were subject to 10, seven and five days of home quarantine and PCR tests, which cost QR160 (US$44).
As well, unvaccinated children under 11 can skip quarantine — provided they are accompanied by fully vaccinated family members — as part of Qatar Tourism's plan to "welcoming young children to our family fun destination," said Chief Operating Officer, Berthold Trenkel.
"And with the weather cooling, now is the perfect time to travel to Qatar and have a winter-sun escape.”
More details of updated entry here, and a quick summary below:
- A mandatory PCR test at a medical center accredited by the health authorities in the country of departure, done 72 hours before arrival, and with negative results
- Foreign travellers should pre-register at www.ehteraz.gov.qa and upload all relevant documents such as PCR test result, vaccine certificate and other relevant documents at least 3 days before arrival
- Download the Ehteraz mobile application and activate it on their mobile phones using a local or international SIM card upon arrival
- All passengers must sign an Undertaking and Acknowledgement Form before arriving in Qatar, and airline online booking form