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Posted On: 7 April 2021 01:30 pm
Updated On: 7 April 2021 10:31 pm

[UPDATED] Quarantine exemption criteria for people who received COVID-19 vaccine outside Qatar

Vrinda Abilash
Vrinda Abilash
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UPDATE: The information below is from the Ministry of Public Health's website. However, it's not clear what date it is effective from. We'll be updating the public as soon as it's announced. Please make sure to check the current travel and entry policies before you travel.


The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on its website has announced the criteria of exemption from quarantine for those who received the COVID-19 vaccine outside Qatar.

According to the Ministry, persons who received COVID-19 vaccine outside Qatar are exempted from the hotel quarantine if they meet the following criteria:

  1. The vaccine received must be approved by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in Qatar, and must be one of the following:
    - Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine
    - Moderna vaccine
    - AstraZeneca vaccine
    - Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  2. The person must have completed the specified doses, such as a single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and two doses of the other vaccines that are listed above.
  3. As per the Ministry, a period of 14 days must have passed from the date of receiving the single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the same period following the second dose of the other vaccines that are listed above.
  4. The person must present an official certificate or a vaccination card with the following information:
    - The person's name as per their official documents.
    - The date of receipt of doses depending on the type of vaccine.
    - The name of the vaccine.
    - The serial number of the vaccine.
    - The official logo or the official seal of the vaccination facility.
  5. The person's COVID-19 PCR test result must be negative (This is either by taking the test at one of Qatar's ports of entry or by submitting a negative certificate by taking a test at one of the accredited vaccination centres MoPH abroad, provided that the certificate validity should not exceed 72 hours upon arrival).
  6. The EHTERAZ health status will remain green for all persons who meet the above-mentioned criteria and therefore will be exempted from hotel and home quarantine upon entering Qatar.
  7. If the specified period of (14) days has not passed, citizens and residents returning to Qatar will be subject to home quarantine for (7) days or until the remaining of the (14) days has passed, whichever is shorter.

Source: MoPH
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