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Last updated: June 2022

Considering a stopover in Doha or visiting Qatar for the FIFA World Cup 2022? Even if your visit is short, there are certain entry procedures for Qatar you should know about prior to arrival to make your experience in this beautiful Middle Eastern nation smooth and enjoyable.

Qatar is open for international visitors from most countries, with different regulations based on country of origin. iVisa.com can help you get your Ehteraz pre-entry registration for your upcoming trip to Qatar, quick and hassle-free.

On this page, you'll find information about:

  • What the Qatar Ehteraz pre-entry registration is
  • Who needs to get the Eteraz approval to enter Qatar
  • How long the Ehteraz Qatar registration is valid for
  • How to obtain the required Ehteraz approval
  • Vaccination certificate & testing requirements for COVID-19 to enter Qatar
  • Visas and other entry procedures for Qatar
  • Frequently asked questions about the Ehteraz pre-entry registration

Whether you’re going for a sports event, holiday or are visiting Qatar for business or other purposes, iVisa.com is here to guide you and help with your travel plans.

What is the Qatar Eteraz official pre-entry registration?

Many countries around the world have specific pre-travel registration systems in place for arriving and departing passengers in order to protect public health and limit the spread of COVID-19, including Qatar.

The pre-registration system on the Ehteraz website or Ehteraz mobile app is put in place by the public health authorities to accelerate the arrival process for all travelers to Qatar through Hamad International Airport (Doha).

Do I need to get the pre-travel approval for Qatar?

The approved health authorities require that all individuals entering Qatar go through the new user registration to ensure the best experience upon arrival in Qatar.

There are a few exceptions. You do not need to register if you fall under one of the following categories:

  • All residents and visitors under the age of 18 if they are traveling to/accessing locations in Qatar with an adult.
  • Visitors who hold either the NHS UK COVID Pass or the EU COVPass (the digital COVID Vaccination Certificate for EU nationals) are exempt from the requirement to pre-register.
  • The Ehteraz pre-travel registration remains optional for citizens and residents of Qatar on the condition that they are fully vaccinated inside the State of Qatar arriving from one of the countries to which Standard Health Measure applies.

Please note that you will still have to obtain a visa and/or adhere to other COVID-19 regulations such as a negative PCR-test result, if applicable for your country of origin.

How long is the Ehteraz pre-travel registration valid for?

The pre-travel registration must be obtained at least 12 - 72 hours prior to arrival in Qatar. It is granted for a Single Entry to Qatar and has a maximum validity of 15 days after arrival.

All travelers must submit the required documents with a valid passport number, download the Eteraz app and activate their user accounts on their mobile phones using a local or international SIM card.

How to obtain the Ehteraz pre-registration

Before packing your bags, make sure to obtain the required documents by submitting some information to get your Ehteraz approval. Simply follow the iVisa.com online user registration process and submit the required documents.

Official documents needed to apply for the Ehteraz pre-registration system

  • Passport scan with your passport number visible
  • COVID-19 negative PCR-test result (if applicable)
  • Medical COVID-19 vaccination certificates (if applicable)
  • Proof of hotel booking or accommodation (if applicable) Once your online registration is completed, you'll receive your application approval on the email address registered during your application. You will also have to download the official Ehteraz mobile app and login to your new user account, detailing the pre-approval information.

Do I need to pre-register if I’m transiting through Doha airport?

The Ehteraz application is only required if you want to exit the airport and actually enter Qatar. Passengers who are transiting through Doha are not required to submit their details in the pre-registration system on the Ehteraz platform before their arrival time.

How to apply with iVisa.com for the Qatar registration

Get your Qatar Ehteraz pre-travel registration in three easy steps:

  • First, read all the information and fill out your details. Then, choose the processing time you prefer.
  • Second, double-check and verify your information and pay the iVisa.com service fee (see below for fee information).
  • Third, attach any documents required and click on the submit button to submit the application form.

Read all info carefully and double-check the spelling. If you make any mistakes and have already submitted the online form, it may be difficult to change this. Once you receive your completed pre-travel approval by email, you'll also need to download the Ehteraz app.

Pricing and processing options to obtain your Qatar pre-approval

At iVisa.com we can help you obtain and submit your required documents before departure. There are three options of payment and processing times to choose from. Depending how fast you need the document or your budget available, we have an option for each traveler:

  • Standard Processing Time: This option takes max. 24 hours and costs USD 34.49. Perfect for travelers whose arrival in Qatar is still a few months away.
  • Rush Processing Time: In a rush? Receive your Qatar pre-travel registration in just 8 hours for USD 65.99.
  • Super Rush Processing Time: If you need the document urgently, because your arrival time is today, this express option will take just 4 hours for a fee of USD 113.99.

I’m traveling with children, do they need to pre-register to travel to Qatar?

No, Ehteraz is only mandatory for all residents and visitors aged 18 years or above, and anyone 12 years and above if they are traveling/accessing locations without an adult. If you have any questions or doubts, you can contact us here, we’re happy to help.

COVID-19 entry-procedures and restrictions

Qatari authorities have classified all countries into two categories, Standard Health Measures and Red Health Measures. There are different rules for GCC citizens, vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors. A list of countries subject to ‘COVID-19 ‘Red Health Measures’ can be found on the online platform of the Ministry of Public Health website.

Fully vaccinated visitors to Qatar

Fully vaccinated visitors traveling from countries not subject to ‘COVID-19 Red Health Measures’ must take a pre-departure PCR test within 48 hours prior to their date of arrival, with a negative result. No quarantine or testing on arrival is required. Visitors who hold a UK COVID or EU COVID vaccination certificate for EU nationals are exempt from presenting a negative PCR-test result.

If you have a completed vaccination status but are traveling from any of the high-risk countries on the ‘COVID-19 Red Health Measures’ list must take a pre-departure PCR test within 48 hours of their flight departure time, with a negative result. You are required to undergo a 1-day hotel quarantine with a valid hotel quarantine reservation. Citizens and residents can quarantine at home or with a family member.

Unvaccinated visitors to Qatar

Unvaccinated visitors traveling from countries not subject to ‘COVID-19 Red Health Measures’ must present a negative PCR-test result taken within 48 hours of their flight departure time. You are required to undergo a 5-day hotel quarantine with a valid hotel quarantine reservation. Citizens and residents can quarantine at home or with a family member.

Unvaccinated visitors without vaccine certificates traveling from high-risk countries on the ‘COVID-19 Red Health Measures’ list are not allowed to enter Qatar at this time.

Visas and other relevant documents required to enter Qatar

Before booking your flight to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 or another purpose, we recommend that you check the latest information on health requirements, required documents, as well as visa and passport requirements. Citizens of more than 95 countries are eligible for visa-free entry into Qatar, but may need to apply for an ETA (electronic travel authorization).

Visa on arrival in Qatar

If you hold a residence permit or visa to any of the following countries, you may apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization and obtain a visa on arrival: Schengen countries, Australia, Canada, UK, USA or New Zealand. It is valid for up to 30 days after arrival or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. You must have an ordinary passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of your arrival in Qatar. The Qatar visitor visa is a single entry permit.

Individuals not eligible for visa-free entry or ETA can apply for a tourist visa or other visa needed for business or residency.

Apply for a Qatar visa with iVisa.com

Let us help you apply for your Qatar ETA or visa online. Fill out the Qatar visa application form now and take advantage of the many benefits that iVisa.com can give you. Simply fill out the required details, such as your passport number and passport copy, and submit the application.

All you have to do is wait for the notification that your e-visa is ready, download and print the document with your visa number, and show it at the airport to the competent authorities or a border employee.

Apply for a visa or ETA for Qatar here

Who can I speak to if I have more questions?

If you need any technical assistance or would like to talk to one of our experts about your application or any travel document to discover Qatar, you can contact our customer service team 24 hours per day, 7 days a week at [email protected].

We are here to help, so don’t hesitate to reach out with all your questions about the procedures required to enter Qatar!

Required Documents to Apply
  • Passport Personal Details Scan

  • Negative pre-departure PCR COVID-19 test result (if applicable)

  • Medical proof of COVID-19 vaccination (if applicable)

  • Proof of Accommodation (if applicable)

Important Instructions
  • All travelers entering , regardless of their nationality, age or any other consideration, must carry their Qatar Entry Registration .

  • It DOES NOT replace a visa. If your country requires a visa, the immigration officers will ask for your Visa when you enter the country. Keep in mind some nationalities will require a paper visa. If that is your case, we suggest you contact your local embassy.

  • At the airport, you must show the deliverable that we will bring you, in order to pass the health check established by the Health Authorities.

  • It is highly recommended that you keep your deliverable with you either as an electronic copy (on your smartphone, tablet, etc.) or as a hard copy in case of any failure in the system.

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  • Red list countries: Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, and Sri Lanka.

No, you don't. As of today, COVID vaccination passports or certificates are not mandatory to enter Qatar.

Approved vaccines are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson. People who have received two doses of a conditionally approved vaccine followed by one dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and after 14 days from the last dose will be considered fully immune.

Since information may change quickly, we advise you to follow up on the latest Qatar travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.

Qatar citizens and residents - non-red countries:

  • COVID test prior to arrival: Not required
  • COVID test on arrival: Fully vaccinated require rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arrival. Unvaccinated require rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arrival and test on day 5.

Qatar citizens and residents - red countries:

  • COVID test prior to arrival: Unvaccinated need a PCR within 48 hours.
  • COVID test on arrival: Fully vaccinated require rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arrival. Unvaccinated require rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arrival and test on day 5.

GCC citizens - non-red countries:

  • COVID test prior to arrival: Unvaccinated need a PCR within 48 hours.
  • COVID test after arrival: Fully vaccinated require rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arrival if they do not present a pre-departure test. Unvaccinated require a rapid antigen test on day 5.

GCC citizens - red countries:

  • COVID test prior to arrival: PCR within 48 hours. *COVID test after the arrival: Fully vaccinated require a rapid antigen test on day 1. Unvaccinated require a rapid antigen test on day 5.

Other travelers - non-red countries:

  • COVID test prior to arrival: PCR within 48 hours.
  • COVID test after the arrival: Unvaccinated travelers need a rapid antigen test on day 5.
  • COVID test exemptions: Fully vaccinated residents of a GCC country, or an EU national/resident coming from non-red countries are exempted from the pre-departure testing, however, they will be tested within 24 hours of arrival.

Other travelers - red countries:

  • COVID test prior to arrival: Fully vaccinated need a PCR within 48 hours
  • COVID test after the arrival: Fully vaccinated require a rapid antigen test on day 1.
  • COVID test exemptions: Children under 12.

Qatar citizens and residents - non-red countries:

  • Quarantine requirements: 5-day home quarantine for unvaccinated travelers.
  • Quarantine testing: rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arrival and on day 5 for unvaccinated travelers.

Qatar citizens and residents - red countries:

  • Quarantine requirements: 5-day home quarantine for unvaccinated Qatar citizens and 5-day hotel quarantine for unvaccinated Qatar residents.
  • Quarantine testing: rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arrival and on day 5 for unvaccinated travelers.

GCC residents - non-red countries:

  • Quarantine requirements: 5-day hotel quarantine for unvaccinated travelers.
  • Quarantine testing: rapid antigen test on day 5 for unvaccinated travelers.

GCC residents - red countries:

  • Quarantine requirements: 1-day hotel quarantine for fully vaccinated and 5-day hotel quarantine for unvaccinated.
  • Quarantine testing: rapid antigen test on day 1 for fully vaccinated travelers and on day 5 for unvaccinated travelers.

Other travelers - non-red countries:

  • Quarantine requirements: 5-day hotel quarantine for unvaccinated.
  • Quarantine testing: rapid antigen test on day 5 for unvaccinated travelers.

Other travelers - red countries:

  • Quarantine requirements: 1-day hotel quarantine for fully vaccinated.
  • Quarantine testing: rapid antigen test on day 1 for fully vaccinated travelers.

You must apply for the Qatar Entry Registration at least 72 hours before arrival and no less than 12 hours before your visit.

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Passports number be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in order to apply for the Qatar Entry Registration.
Visitors who remain within the Qatar territory after their visa has expired will be charged a daily fee of 200 QAR (approximately 54 USD) for each day overstayed.
The Qatar Entry Registration is available for free on the MPOH portal. Applicants who wish to apply directly should create an account and upload the required documents.
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