Top 8 Countries Where Vaccinated Qatar Residents Can Travel Without Quarantine

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Are you currently in Qatar, fully vaccinated, and planning to travel to other countries quarantine-free? If yes, then you can now start packing up for your next trip!

But, before that, don't forget that there are certain conditions you need to adhere to prior to travelling. Read on to learn more.

Travel Updates

Citizens and residents can travel abroad at any time, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced.

However, hotel quarantine is mandatory for travellers from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, and Sri Lanka when traveling to Qatar.

This means, if you’re flying from any of these 6 countries, you need to pay for a 10-day quarantine stay in a dedicated facility, regardless if you’re vaccinated. To book, click here.

Note:  Direct flights from Qatar also remain banned in the United Kingdom. Visitors who have been in or have passed through Qatar during the past 10 days will not be permitted to enter the UK. 

Now, if you can’t travel due to a travel ban or if you’re trying to avoid the quarantine expenses, you need not to worry. 

You can still leave Qatar and come back without having to quarantine in many other countries!

Travel with Confidence

We’ve rounded up the top 8 quarantine-free destinations where you can get maximum travel time without isolation period.

1. The Maldives

“The main idea of tourism being open is to provide reasonably safe tourism with minimum inconvenience. So once the country gets vaccinated, we will move onto 3V tourism.” - Maldivian Tourism Minister Abdulla Mausoom.

To visit this tourism hotspot without quarantine, you must have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and show proof of this when you travel. You must also present a certificate of a negative PCR test carried out within the 96 hours prior to departure.

The Maldives has even launched a new 3V scheme – Visit, Vaccinate, Vacation – that will offer visitors a jab if they’re yet to receive one. 

2. Greece

“As for those who are fully vaccinated, the handwritten NHS card would be sufficient proof of inoculation.” - Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis. 

Anyone travelling from Qatar with a negative COVID-19 test result carried out at least 72 hours before entering Greece will not need to quarantine on arrival.

All travelers must fill out a Passenger Locator Form no more than 24 hours prior to arriving in Greece. For more information, visit the U.S. Embassy in Greece website.

3. Georgia

Fully vaccinated travelers from around the world can visit the country of Georgia as long as they are arriving by air and can present documentation confirming their COVID-19 vaccination status. The country is still barring entry via land or sea.

Unvaccinated travelers arriving from Qatar, must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result conducted within 72 hours prior to travel at the Georgian border. On their third day in Georgia, they must submit to a second PCR test.

For more information, read the country's official entry regulations here.

4. Cyprus

Travelers from Qatar who can prove they have been fully vaccinated won’t have to submit to any COVID-19 tests or to a quarantine when traveling to Cyprus. 

However, they will still be required to complete a Cyprus Flight Pass which details each traveler’s personal information. A copy of the certificate will need to be uploaded onto this platform.

After arrival in Cyprus, travelers may also be randomly tested, even if they are vaccinated. For more information, visit the tourism board website or read the government regulations here.

5. Croatia

Croatia is now open to fully vaccinated travelers and those who can show a negative COVID-19 test result from within 48 hours of arrival.

They must present a certificate of vaccination that proves their final dose was administered at least 14 days prior. 

All visitors to Croatia, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, must present proof of paid accommodation in the country in advance. For more information, see Croatia’s Ministry of the Interior website.

6. Estonia

Those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 can enter the country without having to submit to an otherwise mandatory 10-day quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements.

Proof of vaccination must meet a set of requirements to be accepted. For example, documents must include the vaccine manufacturer and batch number. Additionally, no more than six months can have passed since vaccination has been completed. 

Note that while visiting this country, you'll find many stores and restaurants are closed, and you'll still need to abide by safety measures, including social distancing. For more information about traveling to Estonia, visit the country's tourism board website.

7. Iceland

Vaccinated travelers don’t have to quarantine but must go to their place of stay and wait for the initial test results. 

There are no curfew rules or movement restrictions within Iceland, so once they arrive, vaccinated travelers can truly enjoy the place. 

Everyone needs to pre-register here before visiting the country.

For more information on traveling to Iceland, visit the government's official website.

8. Ecuador

Anyone can enter Ecuador as long as they show proof of vaccination at the airport before departure. Children under two years of age are exempt.

Visitors will be asked about and screened for symptoms upon arrival in Ecuador and will be evaluated by health ministry personnel.

Travelers in Ecuador must abide by safety protocols including mandatory mask wearing, maintaining a social distance, and avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people.

Travel Guidelines

Important notice: All passengers returning to Doha, including those fully vaccinated, must take a PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. 

The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) affirmed that it is possible to travel abroad immediately after receiving the second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

MoPH stated, in a tweet on its official account on Twitter, that the passage of 14 days after receiving the second dose of the vaccine in Qatar or abroad exempts the individual from quarantine after returning from travel.

Many countries around the world have specific regulations in place for arriving and departing passengers in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. Different entry requirements apply for each destination.

Note: You may need to apply or pay for a visa when visiting these countries. The visa fee depends on your nationality and type of visa. Check each country's official government website for your travel guide.

Did you know? Qatar Airways has a portal where you can easily check entry or exit requirements to help you have a safe, pleasant and hassle-free journey.

So, if you’re now ready to book from any  country in our top 8 list, please ensure that you understand all the travel requirements before planning your trip. Have a safe journey ahead!