Qatar Issuing Tourist Visas from July 12

Old Jul 9, 2021, 12:43 pm
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Qatar Issuing Tourist Visas from July 12

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Qatar is allowing vaccinated tourists and residents to enter the country starting July 12th
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https://www.reuters.com/world/middle...12-2021-07-08/
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Old Jul 9, 2021, 12:58 pm
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I caught this as well. I already have a reservation, so I'm hoping it will be easy to add a stopover on to it, though I suppose I'll need to call and hold for a while. The rub is that I'll be coming from Azerbaijan, a green list, where I would have been for 10 days. But before that, I'll have been in Georgia, a red list country. I'm fully vaccinated, so not sure if any of this matters. I'm still trying to parse through the ins and outs of the announcement.
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Old Jul 9, 2021, 1:54 pm
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Any idea if this will allow for stopovers with QR? Not sure if a visitor visa is exactly the same as one of the 96hr transit visas. It would make sense that the 96hr visas would be the last to come back.

And am I interpreting correctly that vaccinated travelers dont need to test?
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Hope to see a further clarification announcement.
I assume that Turkey would be on the green list of Qatar which means that I'll be able to enter Qatar during my layover.
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Old Jul 9, 2021, 6:42 pm
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Originally Posted by ISTFlyer
Hope to see a further clarification announcement.
I assume that Turkey would be on the green list of Qatar which means that I'll be able to enter Qatar during my layover.
According to the following, Turkey falls under the Amber list. Not completely sure what that means, if one is vaccinated vs. unvaccinated.

https://www.iloveqatar.net/coronavir...e-july-12-2021
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Originally Posted by northinsouth
According to the following, Turkey falls under the Amber list. Not completely sure what that means, if one is vaccinated vs. unvaccinated.

https://www.iloveqatar.net/coronavir...e-july-12-2021
Yes, you are right.
However, I have strong feelings that Turkey would go into the green list soon due to political pressure.


According to this tweet;

For vaccinated foreigners:
Arriving from a Green List Country: No quarantine, PCR test at most 72 hours before arrival
Arriving from a Amber List Country: 7-day hotel quarantine, PCR test at most 72 hours before arrival
Arriving from a Red List Country: Entry wouldn't be permitted
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The USA is in the top 15 of vaccinations by population percentage of countries that aren't teeny tiny... and first if you count larger countries... but we're on the yellow/amber list. Great...
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From the MOPH website
https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/trave...s/default.aspx
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Originally Posted by Carolina2Cali
The USA is in the top 15 of vaccinations by population percentage of countries that aren't teeny tiny... and first if you count larger countries... but we're on the yellow/amber list. Great...
Looking at the list of Green List Countries, they are there due to a combination of high vaccination rate and or low case numbers. That's why the UK isn't on the list (high vaccination rate + high case numbers) but Australia is (low vaccination rate + low case numbers).
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It looks like all transit passengers now also need to have a PCR test regardless of where they are coming from.
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Old Jul 10, 2021, 5:06 am
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Originally Posted by FlySimple
It looks like all transit passengers now also need to have a PCR test regardless of where they are coming from.
If so, QR would lose a lot of passengers.
Turkey asked COVID tests from all transfer passengers at some stage back in the winter but they backed up as Turkish Airlines was losing customers and then Turkish the Ministry of Health exempted transfer passengers remaining airside for the entire duration of their transfer.
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Originally Posted by FlySimple
It looks like all transit passengers now also need to have a PCR test regardless of where they are coming from.
It does say "all passengers transiting through Qatar" but the richness of the English language means that could just as easily refer only to landside transfer (ie. enter and pass through Qatar en route to somewhere else).

Given that it comes into force on Monday and there doesn't appear to be anything on the airline website yet, there could be a very high percentage of passengers denied boarding next week if it includes airside transfer as well. Especially as countries like the US are happy for travellers to arrive with an antigen test rather than PCR.
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Old Jul 10, 2021, 8:01 am
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Originally Posted by KingCanute
It does say "all passengers transiting through Qatar" but the richness of the English language means that could just as easily refer only to landside transfer (ie. enter and pass through Qatar en route to somewhere else).

Given that it comes into force on Monday and there doesn't appear to be anything on the airline website yet, there could be a very high percentage of passengers denied boarding next week if it includes airside transfer as well. Especially as countries like the US are happy for travellers to arrive with an antigen test rather than PCR.
Hopefully its just for landslide transit onwards as you mention to another destination or for passengers with long transits who wish to leave the airport and not a blanket rule for all. Lets see if the website is updated with clarity.
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Originally Posted by FlySimple
Hopefully its just for landslide transit onwards as you mention to another destination or for passengers with long transits who wish to leave the airport and not a blanket rule for all. Lets see if the website is updated with clarity.
Yes hopefully. I'm flying next weekend so have a keen interest...
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I am wondering if Qatar will accept most US CDC vaccine certificates. Looking at the following website, it says "Official logo and stamp of the vaccination authority" as the final requirement for a valid vaccine certificate. Most CDC certificates do not have any sort of stamp on them. Mine just has the Product Name/Manufacturer/Lot Number/Date/Site Number for both the first and second dose.

https://www.iloveqatar.net/coronavir...s-12-july-2021

I hope this works out so we can break up longer strips with an overnight at a hotel in the city (and in a real bed!) with some time to walk around the Souq etc.
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