Qatar to ease Covid-related entry regulations this month

Qatar to ease Covid-related entry regulations this month

From 4 September mandatory quarantine will be dropped

Qatar has updated its entry regulations for all incoming travellers, as it gears up to host the FIFA World Cup later this year.

The country’s health ministry confirmed that, from 4 September 2022 at 18:00 local time, current country classification lists will no longer be in place and that visitors will no longer need to quarantine on arrival. 

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Visitors need to present a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of arrival or a negative rapid antigen test result taken within 24 hours.

Then, within 24 hours of arrival, citizens, residents and visitors will be subject to a rapid antigen (RAT) test.

Visitors who then test positive for Covid-19 will have to quarantine according to the regulations in place in Qatar. 


Qatar is expecting to welcome 1.2 million visitors during the FIFA World Cup. The football tournament will commence on 20 November 2022 with hosts playing Ecuador in the opening game.

The event, which will take place over the course of a month, is estimated to add as much as US$17bn to the country’s economy.

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