Qatar will issue family and tourist visas starting July 12, the Interior Ministry announced Thursday on Twitter.
Under the Ministry of Public Health’s revised guidelines, vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers wishing to enter Qatar must provide a negative PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival.
Issuing of family and tourist entry visas to be restarted on July 12, 2021— Ministry of Interior (@MOI_QatarEn) July 8, 2021
within the framework of the approved travel policies to and from the State of Qatar and based on the recommendations of @MOPHQatar regarding the #Covid19 developments. #MoIQatar pic.twitter.com/mSAqIIsBQj
Citizens and residents returning to Qatar who have received one of several Qatari-approved vaccines will not be required to undergo the mandatory quarantine, as long as their vaccine was administered more than 14 days prior to travel. Travelers who have recovered from the coronavirus in Qatar within the past 12 months are also exempted from the quarantine.
Those who do not have residency in Qatar must be vaccinated to enter the country, the ministry said. Citizens from Gulf Cooperation Council states who have recovered from the virus or received a single dose of the vaccine will be exempted from quarantine.
The ministry described Qatar as one of the top 10 countries in terms of vaccination rates and said that because of its effective inoculation campaign, international travel should be a smooth process.
According to Reuters vaccine data tracker, Qatar has vaccinated roughly 58.8% of its population of 2.8 million. The Gulf state has recorded more than 222,000 coronavirus cases and 596 deaths since the pandemic began.