Stringent Covid-19 travel restrictions have been in place since March 2020. U.S. citizens visiting Qatar are advised to check the U.S. Embassy website for the latest information on travel to Qatar. As of June 2021, Qatar has reopened its borders to tourist and business travel, with numerous conditions.
Due to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, it is advisable that U.S. businesses interested in seeking opportunities in Qatar postpone visiting the region until after the 2022 FIFA World Cup ends. Qatar has reopened its borders to tourists; however, it comes with specific conditions linked to World Cup ticket and package purchases. The 2022 FIFA World Cup runs from November 20-December 18, with an expected 2 million people including spectators, teams, and their support staff who will start arriving in October and staying through December. Flights to Doha, hotel rooms, and rental cars will be severely limited. CS Doha recommends waiting until January 2023 to conduct business travel to Qatar.
Visit the U.S. Embassy in Qatar’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 and related restrictions and conditions in Qatar. Please regularly monitor the Qatar Ministry of Public Health (MOPH)’s travel and return policy for Qatar, which is updated in a timely manner. Qatar continues to modify its policies for travelers arriving and departing Qatar, often with little notice.
Qatar requires passport validity for at least six months and a visa for U.S. citizen travelers. See the Government of Qatar’s website for information on tourist and business visa requirements.