If you've had your COVID-19 vaccination done - both doses - and you're a Qatari citizen or a Qatar ID holder, then you're eligible to travel to, at least, 10 different countries that have either dropped their border restrictions or eased them for people who are fully COVID-19 vaccinated and want to travel there without having to quarantine.
Qatar also recently announced that fully vaccinated individuals were now exempt from quarantine requirements following travel abroad or exposure to a COVID-19 positive case when they return.
Here's how can register for the COVID-19 vaccine: https://www.iloveqatar.net/coronavirus/guideTips/how-to-register-online-for-covid-19-vaccine-in-qatar
Here's how you can download the COVID-19 certificate: https://www.iloveqatar.net/coronavirus/guideTips/how-to-download-covid-19-vaccine-certificate
Find out which countries are now open and quarantine-free for COVID-19 vaccinated individuals who wish to travel again.
Disclaimer: The rules in the below-mentioned countries and in Qatar may change depending on the COVID-19 situation. Before you make your bookings, please check with the relevant authorities, airlines, embassies or travel agents to ensure your holiday isn't affected.
Citizens and residents of Qatar, who are fully vaccinated and have a valid Schengen visa can travel to Austria without quarantine from 1 July 2021. Children under the age of 18, who are not vaccinated and are traveling with fully vaccinated parents, can also enter Austria without the need to undergo quarantine. The list of approved vaccines in Austria include Pfizer-Biontech, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Sinopharma, and Sinovac.
Passengers from Qatar who have not received the vaccination will also be able to enter Austria, but they must register online through the link: https://entry.ptc.gv.at/en.html. They must also submit a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours before their entry into Austria, on arrival, and be subject to a 10-day quarantine period. After five days if the PCR or antigen test is negative, they are allowed to stop the quarantine. (Embassy of Qatar in Vienna)
As of 25 June 2021, citizens and residents of Qatar are allowed to travel to the Federal Republic of Germany for tourism purposes without having to quarantine. The decision included holders of a valid Schengen visa who have received two full European Union approved COVID-19 vaccination doses, provided that at least 14 days have passed since the vaccination and a valid certificate, approved by the competent medical authorities in Qatar, is presented. (Embassy of Qatar in Berlin)
Switzerland has opened its borders to citizens and residents of Qatar who have received their full two doses of COVID-19 vaccine starting from 28 June 2021 without the need to undergo quarantine or tests. The list of approved vaccines accepted in Switzerland include Pfizer-Biontech, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Sinopharma, and Sinovac. (My Switzerland)
Citizens of Qatar and its residents can enter Morocco without having to quarantine if they present a certificate that attests that they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated with a vaccine that is approved by the Moroccan government, and a negative PCR test that is less than 48 hours. (Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
As of 9 June 2021, if you have a fully valid visa and are fully COVID-19 vaccinated, you can enter France without quarantine on arrival. You must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued from the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH). In addition, you must present a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours or a negative antigenic test of less than 48 hours before your departure to France. (Ambassade de France au Qatar)
Why not take a trip to Spain now that they are allowing entry to fully COVID-vaccinated people and those that have recovered from COVID-19 from 7 June 2021, without having to quarantine. Just make sure you have a certificate from the MoPH confirming you've received the vaccination against COVID-19 (vaccination certificate) or a certificate confirming that you've recovered from COVID-19 (certificate of recovery, at least 11 days after the first positive NAAT diagnostic test) and a negative PCR test result taken 48 hours before arrival in Spain.
Whether you're arriving in Spain by air or sea, or arriving in transit to other countries, you must complete a health control form prior to your departure through the website: www.spth.gob.es or through the SpTH-Health app Travel -Spain available on Android and iOS. (Qatar Embassy-Spain)
Only for Qatari citizens. If you're a Qatari citizen and want to spend your holidays in Greece, then you are exempt from quarantine on arrival if you produce a certificate proving vaccination against COVID-19, which is issued in English from the MoPH, and that it has passed the second dose of the vaccine for 14 days and is mentioned in the passenger's data as in his identification papers. If you've recovered from COVID-19, must produce an MoPH certificate of illness provided that two months have passed since recovery. If you haven't received the vaccine, you must perform a PCR test 72 hours before travel and the result should be negative. (MOFA Twitter)
All Qatari citizens must fill the PLF form on the travel.gov.gr website and will be subject to rapid inspection at Greece's airports.
If you're full vaccinated against COVID-19, why not take a trip to Seychelles which has removed quarantine requirements for people wanting to travel to the beautiful island for a little getaway. However, a PCR negative test result obtained within 72 hours of travel is still a requirement, along with a Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) certificate that verifies they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated.
Seychelles which is made up of 115 islands plans on becoming the first county to vaccinate all of its people. If it achieves this, it will further relax its requirements and travellers will only require a PCR negative test obtained within 72 hours of travel. (CNN)
For anyone wanting to visit Georgia on their next break and is fully vaccinated, all they need to do is show a MoPH certificate that verifies they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Georgia.
Estonia is accepting travellers who have been fully COVID-19 vaccinated or those that have recovered from the virus in the last six months. The only requirement to enter the country is showing a MoPH certificate that verifies they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated from one of nine global COVID-19 vaccine suppliers or have recovered from the virus.
Head of the Health Board's Infectious Diseases Surveillance and Epidemic Control Department, Estonia, Hanna Sepp told Err News:
"[A certificate] must reflect the individual's personal data in Estonian, Russian or English, as well as the disease against which the person has been vaccinated, when the vaccine was formulated, which vaccine was used, as well as data on the issuer of the vaccine, and the vaccine batch number."
Cyprus was the first country to announce that it would allow all travellers who were fully COVD-19 vaccinated to visit the country without having to quarantine as long as they have valid proof like a MoPH certificate that verifies they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated. A negative PCR test result is not required. (CNN)
Romania announced that starting 18 January 2021, travellers wishing to vacation in Romania will not need to quarantine if they have been fully COVID-19 vaccinated and can provide proof in terms of a MoPH certificate that verifies they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated. It's important to note that travel will only be allowed into Romania if the second COVID-19 vaccine dose has been administered at least 10 days before the travelling date. (CNN)
As of 28 December 2020, people who are vaccinated against COVID-19 have been exempted from the obligatory quarantine when they enter Poland as long as they provide a Hamad Medical Corporation/MoPH certificate that verifies they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated.
Similarly, since 23 January 2021, individuals who have a negative PCR test result that's taken less than 48 hours before they travel can enter Poland. (Website of the Republic of Poland)
Travel to Iceland, without having to quarantine, is possible for people if they have been full vaccinated against COVID-19, and though they will not be required to undergo COVID-19 screening in Iceland or present a negative PCR test before boarding from Doha, a MoPH certificate that verifies you are fully COVID-19 vaccinated is mandatory. COVID-19 vaccines allowed are Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca. (Government of Iceland) The Iceland border control will evaluate whether a certificate is valid and will consult with a representative of the Chief Epidemiologist (health care worker) as needed, who will determine if it's valid or not. (Landlaeknir)
The certificate must be in English, Icelandic, French, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish. However, if it is in Arabic or another language, it must be accompanied by a certified stamped translation in one of the mentioned languages. (Landlaeknir)
Extracted from CNN; Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Georgia; Err News; Website of the Republic of Poland; Government of Iceland; Landlaeknir; Ambassade de France au Qatar; Qatar Embassy-Spain; Forbes; MOFA Twitter; Embassy of Qatar in Berlin; Embassy of Qatar in Vienna; My Switzerland; Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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