Fully vaccinated Saudi tourists Visa holders from those countries not facing travel ban can enter Saudi Arabia: GACA
Important notice for Passengers traveling to Saudi Arabia on a tourist visa Tourism Purpose.
Saudi will reopen tourist visa only for vaccinated international visitors around the world from 1 August 2021.except few band covid affected Countries.
All Travelers arriving in the country with a valid tourism visa must provide evidence of a full course of vaccination certificate, One of the four vaccines currently recognized: two doses of the Oxford/Astra Zeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or a single dose of the vaccine produced by Johnson and Johnson.
Guests who have completed two doses of the Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccines will be accepted if they have received an additional dose of one of the four vaccines approved in the Kingdom.
Saudi Arabia has opened a web portal at https://muqeem.sa/#/vaccine-registration/home for visitors to register their vaccination status. This site is available in Arabic and English.
Travelers arriving in Saudi Arabia are also required to show a negative PCR test taken not more than 72 hours before departure and an approved paper of vaccination certificate, certified by the official health authorities in the issuing country.
There is no quarantine requirement for vaccinated travelers to Saudi.
All travelers entering on a previously issued tourism valid visa will be required to pay an additional fee of SAR 40 at the airport of their arrival to cover insurance for any COVID-19 related medical expenses.
Travelers are advised to cross check with the current entry requirements with their chosen airline before they purchase a ticket.
For further information please contact us.
We look forward to welcoming you to Saudi soon.
RIYADH — Fully vaccinated Arabia tourists Travellers will be allowed to enter Kingdom of Saudi Arabia only from those countries not facing travel ban by Saudi. Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation authority said on Friday.
circular realease, the General Authority of Civil Aviation asked all airlines operating in the Kingdom, including private carriers, to allow entry to those travelers holding tourist visas from countries from which they are allowed to come to Saudi Arabia in line with the announcement of the competent authorities and on recommendations of the health committees.
At the moment, the countries facing travel ban are India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Lebanon.
The ban has been prompted by the continued surge in cases of coronavirus and its variants(Delta) in these countries.
Authorities in the Kingdom have been closely monitoring the global epidemiological situation since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic and decisions regarding the travel ban are based on it.
According to the recent circular, GACA allowed airlines to carry inbound passengers who have tourists visas and received the complete 02 doses of one of the vaccines approved in the Kingdom.
The authority underlined the importance of registering coronavirus vaccine doses data on the dedicated electronic portal by accessing the link https://muqeem.sa/# /vaccine-registration/home for an easy and hassle-free immigration process for tourists upon arrival at the Kingdom’s airports.
The authority confirmed that these procedures will take effect from Aug. 1 (Sunday).
On Friday, The Ministry of Tourism announced that the Kingdom will open its doors to tourists and lift the suspension of entry for tourist visa holders, starting from Aug. 1 (Sunday).
Fully vaccinated tourists can enter Saudi Arabia without needing to enter an institutional quarantine provided if they present vaccination certificates upon arrival and proof of negative PCR tests conducted within 72 hours from the time of departure.
Fully vaccinated are those who have received two doses of a vaccine that is approved in Saudi Arabia, which is Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson.
Meanwhile, those who have taken two doses of the Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccines will also be allowed if they have received an additional dose of one of the four above-mentioned vaccines.
Umrah Resumption Fully vaccinated foreign pilgrims to begin arriving from 09 Aug 2021
“The Grand Mosque Makkah & Madina is ready to receive pilgrims and worshippers for Umrah 2021 & Umrah 2022” said the deputy head of the affairs of the Grand Mosque, Saad bin Muhammad Al-Muhaimid.
Umrah Resumption for pilgrims from all over the world starting from 09th August 2021 ( Muharram 1443 )
The ban has finally going to be lifted, Umrah is Reopening in August 2021. After nearly 2 years of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, pilgrims from all over the world will be able to perform Umrah Again soon starting from this year, the sacred journey that has been missed by millions of Umrah pilgrims worldwide.
After a stunningly successful Hajj 2021 season, with zero recorded Covid-19 cases, Saudi authorities have decided to resume Umrah starting the 15th of Duh’l- Hijjah 1442 – 25th of July,2021 for Saudi residents and starting the 1st of Muharram, 1443 – 9th of August, 2021, performers from around the globe will be able to apply for Umrah visas and go on their Umrah trips accordingly.
Getting ready for Umrah’s busy season ( Umrah Season 2021 & Umrah Season 2022 )
Hani Ali Al-Amiri, member of the National Committee for Hajj and Umrah stated that;
More than 500 Umrah service providers and agencies along with 6,000 Umrah agents are getting ready to serve, book, and accommodate aspiring Umrah performers. People wishing to perform Umrah.
Umrah performers need to be in excellent health condition, fully vaccinated against Coronavirus, and must be over 18 years old. Umrah aspirants need to conform to the health and precautionary procedures set by the government to ensure their safety and security.
Al-Amiri added that Umrah services providers offer accommodation, transportation, and all ground services packages. While online services are available globally through B2B and B2C platforms approved by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah whereas, the pilgrim can choose his desired package, meals, flight, and means of transportation.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah Publication
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has issued a publication on the 15th of Duh’l- Hijjah 1442 – 25th of July,2021 concerning the rules and regulations for Umrah visa issuance and Umrah performance for foreigners. The publication stated that;
All service providers, Umrah performers, and agents should comply with the safety rules and regulations issued by the Ministry.
Only authorized service providers are allowed to book or perform a service for pilgrims.
Only pilgrims of 18 years and above are allowed to book for Umrah
Only fully vaccinated pilgrims with two doses of either Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or J&J will be granted Umrah permits and visas.
Pilgrims are requested to visit one of the authorized medical centers in their countries to run a health check-up and confirm their health status before visa issuance.
Pilgrims should note that specific prayer locations have been designated conforming to the social distancing and safety regulations.
Pilgrims are also required to follow markings on the floor when performing Tawaf as was seen during Hajj.
All countries are allowed to send direct flights except for nine countries which are India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, and Lebanon which require a quarantine of 14 days in a third country before arriving in the Kingdom
01 When Umrah is going to Resume ?
As per the ministry of Haj & Umrah ,May Resume 09th August 2021 (01st Muhammram 1443 H )
02 Umrah allowed from all over world
Yes Except Few Red Listed Covid Effect Countries Including India,Pakistan
03 Umrah allowed for Partially Vaccinated and unvaccinated
04 Umrah allowed for fully vaccinated ?
Canada travel Guidelines and Quarantine Requirements
1. Until 21 August 2021, flights from India are suspended.
2. Until 21 August 2021, passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Canada;
– dual nationals of Canada with a Special Authorization approval email;
– permanent residents of Canada;
– persons registered under Canada’s Indian Act with the Certificate of Indian Status (CIS) or the Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS);
– passengers with a Canadian Refugee Travel Document or a Single Journey Document for Resettlement to Canada;
– immediate family members of nationals of Canada, of permanent residents of Canada and of persons registered under Canada’s Indian Act. They must stay for at least 15 days and have a quarantine plan;
– extended family members of nationals of Canada, of permanent residents of Canada and of persons registered under Canada’s Indian Act. They must stay for at least 15 days, have a quarantine plan, and have a written authorization issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC);
– passengers with an authorization from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC);
– passengers with a letter of authorization from the Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage (PCH);
– passengers arriving directly from the USA and traveling on an essential purpose listed on https://tinyurl.com/4absxrpa ;
– passengers with a study permit or a post-graduation work permit, issued by Canada. They must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory;
– passengers with an application for permanent residence. They must have a written notice issued under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
– members of the Canadian forces traveling on duty, and their immediate family members;
– nationals of France who live in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon and who only been in Canada, the US or Saint-Pierre and Miquelon in the past 14 days;
– more exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/s4tbrc8 .
3. Passengers and airline crew must submit their information electronically, at most 72 hours before arrival, through the ArriveCAN app or the website https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/arrivecan.html
4. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Canada. Tests accepted are: CRISPR, Ct, detection of the E gene, detection of the N gene, detection of Orf1a/b, detection of the RdRp gene, detection of the S gene, ddPCR, isothermal amplification, LamPORE, NAAT, NAT, NGS, PCR, qPCR, RNA, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, sequencing and WGS. More details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/uuf5nntc .
– Test results issued in India are not accepted.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 5 years;
– passengers with a positive COVID-19 test taken at least 15 days and at most 90 days before departure of the last direct flight to Canada. Tests accepted are: CRISPR, Ct, detection of the E gene, detection of the N gene, detection of Orf1a/b, detection of the RdRp gene, detection of the S gene, ddPCR, isothermal amplification, LamPORE, NAAT, NAT, NGS, PCR, qPCR, RNA, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, sequencing and WGS.
5. Passengers must arrive at Calgary (YYC), Montreal (YUL), Toronto (YYZ) or Vancouver (YVR).
– This does not apply to passengers arriving on direct flights from St. Pierre and Miquelon.
6. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 14 days; details can be found at https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying-canada-checklist
– This does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Covishield), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech. More details can be found at https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada
7. Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 molecular test on day 1 and day 8 after arrival.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with a positive COVID-19 test taken at least 15 days and at most 90 days before departure of the last direct flight to Canada. Tests accepted are: CRISPR, Ct, detection of the E gene, detection of the N gene, detection of Orf1a/b, detection of the RdRp gene, detection of the S gene, ddPCR, isothermal amplification, LamPORE, NAAT, NAT, NGS, PCR, qPCR, RNA, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, sequencing and WGS;
– residents of Point Roberts in Washington in the USA entering Canada to return to their place of residence;
– passengers who are members of the Canadian Forces or a visiting force traveling on duty;
– the COVID-19 molecular test on day 8 after arrival does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Covishield), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech. More details can be found at https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada ;
– more exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y33jxz4f
8. Passengers must have a confirmed hotel reservation for 3 nights. The booking can be made at http://tinyurl.com/rfcycslb
– This does not apply to:
– passengers who are members of the Canadian Forces or a visiting force traveling on duty;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Covishield), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech. More details can be found at https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada ;
– more exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y33jxz4f
9. All travel restrictions may be prolonged as necessary for public health reasons.
Qatar Quarantine Package Details and Travel Requirements.
New updated travel and return policy to come into effect starting from 12th of July 2021.
Visitor eligibility criteria
· Adult visitors, must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with one of the vaccines that is approved by the Ministry of Public Health in Qatar. Approved vaccines are currently: 1) Pfizer BioNTech, 2) Moderna, 3) AstraZeneca/Covishield, 4) Janssen/Johnson & Johson. Sinopharm is a conditionally approved vaccine and visitors vaccinated with both doses of Sinopharm have to undergo a Covid-19 antibody test upon arrival in Qatar. For more information please visit the MOPH website.
· 14 days must have passed since the completion of the vaccination program (2 shots for all vaccines, except Janssen/J&J 1 shot)
· All visitors – irrespective of age – must provide a negative PCR test result. The test result must be less than 72 hours old at the time of arrival into Qatar
· Unvaccinated adults are currently not able to visit Qatar.
· Unvaccinated children aged between 0 and 11 years, can travel with their vaccinated parents and follow the process of their fully vaccinated parents. For example, if traveling from a green listed country, no quarantine is required if the parents are fully vaccinated according to above criteria.
Quarantine rules apply for unvaccinated children aged between 12 and 17 years, based on the country of departure. One or both parents will have to follow the respective quarantine rules depending on the country of departure (home or hotel quarantine), even if they are fully vaccinated.
A travel permit is required for all visitors and must be applied for at least 12 hours before traveling.
Travel permit process
Begin by verifying your visa requirements to travel to Qatar. Citizens of over 80 countries are eligible for visa-free entry into the State of Qatar creating good chances that you will not require a visa to travel. Please check here, if you require a visa and apply accordingly.
Register for an account on www.ehteraz.gov.qa and apply for your travel permit in a few simple steps. The following documents will be required to successfully submit your application.
Passport and travel details
Vaccination certificate (required for travel without quarantine)
A negative PCR test result that must be less than 72 hours old when arriving in Qatar
Hotel booking confirmation
Note: the travel permit is applied for and issued for free. No additional costs will be acquired for the permit. You will be notified as soon as your travel permit is approved. Download, print and keep the travel permit handy during your travel.
You will be notified as soon as your travel permit is approved. Download, print and keep the travel permit handy during your travel.
At the airport show your travel permit to the airline check-in agent. Please note that without a valid permit the airline will deny boarding.
Download the Ehteraz app prior to your departure and activate the Ehteraz mobile application on arrival at the airport. Activation of the app will require a Qatari SIM card that is easily available either from Ooredoo or Vodafone on arrival at Hamad International Airport.
Qatari Citizens and Residents visa holders can travel abroad at any time, provided they adhere to the travel and return policy.
Unvaccinated citizens and residents wishing to travel abroad to one of the countries not included in the COVID-19 Green List must book a hotel quarantine package from the listed hotels through”Discover Qatar”.
Those who are willing to travel must know the procedures applied in the respective country they want to visit in terms of quarantine procedures, duration, and alse need to provide a COVID-19-free certificate.
COVID-19 PCR-test to travel should be conducted at one of the private healthcare facilities announced by MOPH at a fixed rate of QAR 300/- per test.
workers must coordinate with their employers about the dates of their travel and return to Qatar.should consider the quarantine period when planning their return trip.
All the travelers to Qatar regardless of age, including those who previously vaccinated or infected, must do a pre-travel COVID-19 PCR test within (72) hours of arrival time in Qatar at the country of origin in a medical center that their local Ministry of Health approved to perform COVID-19 PCR tests. The PCR test result must be negative before they allowed to board the flight to Qatar or enter the state through the land border.
Certain categories will be subject to testing at the ports (airport, land port, or seaport) such as:
Individuals traveling for less than 72 hours, such as government employees on official missions, official visitors (VVIP), and diplomats can be tested upon arrival at the airport.
Travelers who lost the PCR-test Certificate during travel can be tested at Hamad International Airport (HIA) or Abu Samra land port upon arrival on a standard fee of QAR 300/- per test.
All passengers transiting through Qatar must have the mandatory pre-travel PCR test certificate valid for (72) hours of arrival to Qatar, and in case they require another PCR test for their onward destination, they can have it at Hamad International Airport on a standard fee of QAR 300/- per test.
Individuals returning from countries or cities that don’t have medical centers that could perform COVID-19 PCR Tests or provide a COVID-19 PCR-Test Certificate, including travelers returning from Omrah.
Travelers with symptoms will be tested as necessary as judged by the medical team at the ports.
To ensure the health and safety of the community, the medical team will conduct random testing (sampling) for some returning travelers, particularly those coming from countries not listed in the COVID-19 Green List.
Travelers returning to Qatar or traveling through Hamad International Airport to their onward destination should have a negative PCR Test Certificate to be allowed to board the aircraft to Qatar or enter the State through any ports of entry.
The Ministry of Public Health announced that any medical center approved by the local health authority in the country of departure is acceptable, provided that the COVID-19 test is through RT-PCR and the center can provide a certificate.
Individuals who undergo home quarantine, must have a negative PCR test result performed on day 6 in order to be released from quarantine. Individuals who undergo hotel quarantine, must have a negative PCR test result performed prior to release from hotel quarantine.
First: General Policy:
Citizens and residents (Including those with prior entry visas) can return to the State of Qatar at any time, provided they adhere to the travel and return policy and protocols announced.
Citizens, residents, and visitors shall bear the cost of the hotel quarantine for (7) days, if the hotel quarantine criteria apply, provided that the booking made through “Discover Qatar” before their travel abroad.
If the hotel quarantine criteria apply, the government will cover the costs of the hotel quarantine packages for patients receiving their treatment abroad at the expense of the State, along with their official escorts. The employer is responsible to cover the quarantine expenses for their employees who are on official missions.
With home quarantine, the accommodation conditions should be suitable, provided it has a separate room with its ensuite bathroom. If the accommodation is not appropriate, one of the hotel quarantine packages must be booked for (7) days through the “Discover Qatar” website before traveling to Qatar.
Visitors, who don’t meet the Quarantine exemption criteria whether traveling from green listed countries or non-green listed countries, are hotel quarantined at their own expenses for (7) days. They should book a quarantine package from the listed hotels on the “Discover Qatar” website before their travel to Qatar.
The Ministry of Public Health issued its approval for the following vaccinations:
Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
Travelers must present an official vaccination certificate or card that includes the following information:
Name of the recipient as mentioned in their official documents;
Date of Birth
Date of dose receipt depending on the type of vaccine;
Type of vaccine;
Vaccine Lot number (preferable); and
Official logo and stamp of the vaccination authority.
It is the responsibility of individuals to ensure that they are updated with any changes in the Entry and Return policy of the State of Qatar through the official sources and the sites mentioned above before planning their trip.
Second: Citizens and Residents:
Fully vaccinated individuals:
Citizens and residents (Including those with prior entry visas) who have completed the vaccination doses are exempt from quarantine upon return from travel if at least (14) days have passed after receiving the second dose of a two-dose series vaccine or from the single dose in case of single-dose regime vaccine, provided that the vaccines are recognized by the Ministry of Public Health in Qatar and a negative PCR test result before returning to Qatar.
Citizens and residents may travel at any time after receiving the second dose. However, if they travel before the completion of the (14) days of the second dose and return before this period is completed then they will be subjected to home quarantine for a period of (7) days or until they finish the (14) days from the second dose, whichever is shorter.
The validity of the vaccine to grant quarantine exemption is nine months, starting (14) days after the second dose. This immunity period could be extended based on new and emerging data.
Non-vaccinated children below 18 years of age returning to Qatar from countries not included in the Green List with fully vaccinated parents are home quarantined for (7) days and be subjected to a PCR test on day 6.
These rules apply to citizens and residents vaccinated in other countries using the vaccines recognized by the Ministry of Public Health in Qatar. In this case, an official vaccination card or certificate from the country where the vaccine was obtained should be presented to the medical team at the ports of entry upon arrival.
Citizens and residents recovered from a previous infection within the last (9) months are exempted from quarantine upon return from their travel abroad, if they were asymptomatic and their PCR test result was negative.
This rule applies to individuals infected in Qatar only.
Unvaccinated individuals with no previous COVID-19 infection:
Citizens and residents traveling from Green listed countries are home quarantined for (7) days and should sign a Home Quarantine Undertaking.
Citizens and residents traveling from countries not included in the Green List should be hotel quarantined for (7) days, and a hotel package must be booked from the listed hotels on the “Discover Qatar” website before their travel abroad.
Third: GCC Citizens:
GCC citizens, their families, and their household workers are allowed to enter the State of Qatar at any time, provided they follow the travel and return policy.
GCC Citizens, their families, and their household workers should have a mandatory pre-travel COVID-19 PCR test result valid for (72) hours before arrival to Qatar from testing centers approved by their local health authority to do COVID-19 PCR tests.
It is mandatory for travelers to install and activate Ehteraz app on their mobile phone using locally authorized SIM cards that can be obtained from one of the local providers (Ooredoo or Vodafone).
Fully vaccinated individuals:
Fully vaccinated GCC citizens who received any of the COVID-19 vaccines recognized in Qatar with at least (14) days since the last dose and present an official vaccination card or certificate are exempted from quarantine.
Non-vaccinated children below 18 years of age traveling to Qatar with their fully vaccinated parents are hotel quarantined for (7) days, provided that the booking made through “Discover Qatar” before their arrival to Qatar. On the condition that one of the parents can be exempted, while the other quarantined with the children and his/her health status on Ehteraz app will turn YELLOW, which means they are under quarantine. During the quarantine period, the parents cannot exchange their roles.
Not Fully vaccinated and recovered individuals:
GCC citizens and residents who recovered from COVID-19 infection during the last (9) months and have then received a single dose of vaccine are exempted from quarantine once (14) days passed after vaccination , provided they had a negative pre-travel PCR test valid for (72) hours and they required documents stated below.
The same exemption apply to those who have been infected after receiving a single dose of vaccine, provided that (14) days has elapsed since the diagnosis.
The exemption from quarantine applies to GCC citizens entering Qatar through either Hamad International Airport or the Abu Samra land boarder, and will apply to expatriates residing in GCC countries as soon as they are permitted to travel to Qatar again
GCC citizens must present the following documents to be eligible for quarantine exemption:
An approved vaccination certificate with the date of their single dose;
An approved medical certificate showing the date of their COVID-19 infection;
Negative PCR test result from swab taken within 72 hours prior to entering Qatar.
GCC citizens will be required to do PCR test at Hamad International Airport or Abu Samra upon arrival with additional fees of QR300 payable using a bank card or through an online link which will be sent to the individual’s mobile number immediately after registering in HIA or Abu Samra Clinics.
All of the quarantine exemptions mentioned above are not applicable to GCC citizens who are traveling to Qatar from any of the 6 East Asian countries where mandatory hotel quarantine applies.
The changes in the policy are in line with the latest clinical evidence showing that the combination of antibodies because of previous infection and one vaccine dose are on par with fully vaccinated individuals.
Unvaccinated individuals or those who doesn’t meet the quarantine exemption criteria:
GCC citizens, their families, and their household workers who were unvaccinated or did not meet the quarantine exemption criteria, are hotel quarantined at their own expense for a week, provided that the hotel quarantine package is booked through the “Discover Qatar” website before traveling to the State of Qatar, and their health status on Ehteraz app will be YELLOW.
Population Groups Exempted from Hotel Quarantine:
The following groups of citizens and residents returning to Qatar from countries not included in the Green List are exempted from hotel quarantine, and will be subject to home quarantine:
Unvaccinated children aged below 18, whether returning from travel alone or with their parents, are home quarantined for (7) days, provided that both parents are vaccinated.
Vaccinated individuals who received their second dose in Qatar and have not completed the specified period of (14) days from the date of the second dose are home quarantined for (7) days or until they complete the duration of (14) days following the second dose, whichever is shorter.
Unvaccinated individuals aged 75 and above are home quarantined with one escort from the same household.
Pregnant women returning to the country with their vaccinated husbands, or a vaccinated relative from the same household.
Lactating mothers and their infants aged 2 years and below returning to the country with their vaccinated husbands or a vaccinated relative from the same household.
Unvaccinated patients treated abroad at the expenses of the State with one escort from the same household. This applies after assessing the patient’s health condition by the relevant department at MOPH.
The above-mentioned groups must sign an undertaking showing their compliance with the home quarantine measures. However, for those aged below 18, their parents or guardian shall sign the undertaking affirming their children’s compliance with the home quarantine regulations.
EHTERAZ APP. POLICY:
Travelers arriving or returning to the State of Qatar must download and activate the Ehteraz app on their mobiles upon arrival to the Port of Entry (PoE). To achieve that the below must be obtained by the traveler:
A Qatari SIM Card from a local telecom operator (Ooredoo and Vodafone).
A smartphone that supports either Android 6 and up or IOS 13.5 and higher.
Download the application on your mobile phone either via Google Play or Apple App Store or from any search engines on the internet.
Knowing that, SIM cards and smartphones are available for purchase at Hamad International Airport and Abu Samra port if the traveler does not have them before arrival.
Diplomats, administrative cardholders, and VVIP visitors are exempted.
Health status on Ehteraz will remain YELLOW for the whole of quarantine duration, and until a negative COVID-19 test result is obtained as per the quarantine policy stated above.
Health Status on Ehteraz for the fully vaccinated individuals in Qatar will remain GREEN with a Golden Frame to indicate they are exempted from quarantine if their PCR test result was negative and they completed (14) days after the second dose.
The Health Status on Ehteraz for citizens and residents who have been vaccinated abroad will remain GREEN without Golden Frame until their vaccination data are updated in the system.
Travelers returning from Umrah:
Citizens and residents who came from Umrah and cannot provide a valid PCR test certificate should be allowed to board their flights but they must undergo PCR test upon arrival at Hamad International Airport or Abu Samra port on a standard fee of QAR 300/- per test.
All travelers must be vaccinated following KSA rules that only vaccinated individuals could perform Umrah and visit Makkah.
Individuals planning to travel for Umrah should refer to the policy and procedures announced by the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs.
Travelers from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri-Lanka, and the Philippines:
Exemptions from quarantine policy for vaccinated individuals does not apply.
The following measures are implemented for travelers coming from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines, whether they are traveling through direct flight or via other countries (transit), which include:
All passengers whose original flight is from the said countries are subject to mandatory COVID-19 PCR Test done 48 hours before departure from the testing centers approved by their local health authority. Knowing that no one can board the flight to Qatar without a valid Negative PCR certificate.
All arrivals from those countries must undergo (10) days quarantine in a dedicated quarantine hotels, or (14) days if quarantined at Mekhaines facility.
Home quarantine criteria is not applicable for travelers coming from these countries, including the exemptions due to vaccination or recovery from a previous infection with the virus during the past nine months.
All arrivals from those countries must undergo a repeat COVID-19 PCR test at the quarantine hotels within one day of arrival. Knowing that the PCR test will be repeated on day five and day twelve of quarantine.
All passengers transiting through Qatar must have the mandatory pre-travel PCR test as mentioned in point 1, and in case they require another PCR test for their onward destination, they can have it at Hamad International Airport on a standard fee of QAR 300/- per test.
Maldives travel Guidelines and Quarantine Requirements
This page was last updated on 15 August, 2021.
Maldives is going to reopen its borders on 15 July.
Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: All non-tourist passengers travelling from the UK (includes 12-hour transit) to the Maldives (such as residents, work visa holders and returning students) that have completed two doses of vaccination will need to provide a negative PCR test of no more than 96 hours and quarantine for 7 days on arrival. Those who have not completed vaccinations will need to self-isolate for 14 days and register on the Haalubelun portal. After completing the quarantine, you must do an exit test.
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative COVID-19 test result required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: No
Quarantine Details: Quarantine not required
Lockdown Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transportation: Operational with restrictions
Restaurants and Bars: Delivery/Takeaway only
Travel Advisory Detail
1. Passengers traveling as a tourists arriving from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka are not allowed to enter.
2. Passengers and airline crew must complete a “Traveler Health Declaration” at most 24 hours before departure at https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/ .
3. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken at most 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Passengers who have transited for more than 24 hours must repeat the test. The test result must have the name of the passenger as in the passport and name and address of the testing laboratory.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 1 year.
4. Passengers traveling as tourists must have a hotel reservation confirmation for the entire stay in a registered tourist facility.
5. Passengers could be subject to medical screening.
6. Passengers could be subject to self-quarantine for 14 days. More details can be found at https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/ethd .
7. Airline crew must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 96 hours before departure of the first flight. Airline crew who have transited for more than 24 hours must repeat the test. The test result must have the name of the airline crew as in the passport and name and address of the testing laboratory.
This does not apply to:
– airline crew staying for less than 8 days;
– airline crew staying at a designated transit facility;
8. Airline crew are subject to medical screening.
Detailed Tourist Information
Maldives reopened its borders on 15 July.
Effective from 16 December, all visitors must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 on arrival to Maldives. The test and negative PCR certificate must be issued no more than 76 hours prior to departure. You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.
All travelers to the Maldives must fill in a Traveller Health Declaration form 24 hours before departure to the Maldives.
All passengers and airline crew need to complete an Immigration Arrival Card when arriving in the Maldives.
Temperature checks and screening procedures will be in place on arrival. Quarantine facilities have been set up to isolate any suspected cases of COVID-19. Travellers presenting symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival will be subjected to a PCR test at the traveller’s cost or at the cost of the tourist facility where the traveller is booked to stay in the Maldives. Additionally, local health authorities may conduct random testing, at no cost to travellers.
Maldives, the island nation famous among Indians for spending leisure time has joined other nations to issue a travel advisory for Indians travelling to the country for tourist activities. As per a directive issued by Maldivian government, they are suspending tourists travelling from India to Maldives from staying at tourist facilities in inhabited islands. The order will be in force from April 27.
A Public Health Emergency is in place until 3 July 2021. A curfew is in place in the Greater Male’ area from 4pm to 4am. A permit must be obtained through Maldives Police Service for all movements from 8am to 4pm.
Social distancing measures are in place. Public and mass gatherings are banned throughout the Greater Male’ region, including parties and rallies. A distance of three feet must be maintained with others when going out, and groups of no more than 5 are allowed outside. Use of masks is mandatory on all inhabited islands when going out in public.
Public spaces such as parks or sports grounds in the Greater Male’ area are closed.
FAQ for Tourists
Do I need to present the Covid-19 test result?
Yes,It is a mandatory requirement for all tourists to present a negative result for a nucleic acid test (PCR test) for Covid-19 on arrival.
The sample for the said test must be taken not more than 96 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure from the first port of embarkation en route to Maldives. However, be informed that infants aged less than one-year-old are exempted from the aforementioned testing requirement.
How can I submit the negative Covid-19 test result?
The negative Covid-19 PCR test result must be attached while completing Traveler Health Declaration form, which has to be submitted online by all arriving passengers prior to arrival (but not exceeding 24 hours before arrival time), via IMUGA.
Do I have to make a booking before I come for my holiday?
Yes! You must have a confirmed booking at a registered tourist facility. Click here to check all the requirements.
Tourists (including accompanying vaccine ineligible children) should be vaccinated to check-in to guesthouses in inhabited islands and tourists who have not completed the full dosage of vaccination can only check-in to the guesthouses in the inhabited islands if the vaccination requirements are met in the guesthouse/island. Click here to check the eligible guesthouses.
Do I need pre approval for visa to visit as a tourist?
Maldives Immigration issues on-arrival visa to all tourists, if the entry requirements are complied.
What is the process for completing the Traveler Health Declaration Form?
Traveller Health Declaration (THD) must be filled in and submitted by all travelers travelling to and from Maldives, within 24 hours prior to their travel.
You may submit the form electronically via IMUGA.
Is it required to test for COVID-19 on arrival?
No. Only those who have COVID-19 like symptoms, such as a temperature above 38 degrees celsius, coughing or sneezing, will be tested for COVID-19.
Persons who have a history of contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days and/or persons who have fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat, shortness of breath within the past 14 days should not travel to the Maldives.
What kind of tests will be done before I can go to my hotel?
All tourists will undergo non-intrusive temperature checks and screening on arrival to the Maldives.
You may also be chosen for a random COVID-19 PCR test by Maldivian Health Authorities. This is a voluntary test.
Do I have to pay if I get chosen for random testing?
No, if chosen for random testing on arrival, the Maldives government will bear the cost for testing.
Do I have to spend 14 days in quarantine before I can start my holiday?
No, tourists who do not have COVID-19 symptoms are not required to quarantine on arrival to the Maldives.
Do I have to wear a mask?
All tourists are required to wear facemasks at the airport, during domestic travel and in all enclosed public spaces.
How will I know the social distancing practices to follow at the airport?
All physical distancing guidelines are clearly marked with visible distance information and floor markings in passenger terminals. Hand sanitisation and hygiene facilities are also available throughout the airport.
How will I get to my hotel?
A representative from your hotel will be at the airport to assist you with the domestic flight or transfer to your hotel.
Are there medical services available at my hotel?
Yes, all tourist facilities operating during this phase will have access to medical services, well managed stock of PPE and a COVID-19 safety manager.
Can I visit different tourist establishments while on holiday?
Yes, tourists are allowed to travel from one resort to another, from one guesthouse to another and from a resort to a tourist guesthouse and vice versa.
For approval of inter-island travels, you have to get approval from Ministry of Tourism via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there any arrangements for transit stay?
The tourist establishment representatives will help you make special arrangements for any overnight transit stay. For your safety, there are designated transit hotels in place.
Do I have to do a COVID-19 test before I can leave the Maldives?
If a tourist has stayed a tourist guesthouse at any point during their stay in Maldives, they are required to conduct a PCR test 72hrs prior to their scheduled departure from Maldives.
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In addition, during exit screening if any tourist is found to have fever or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 within the past 14 days, they must undergo PCR testing for COVID-19.
For the purposes of contact tracing, it is important that the tourist informs the tourist establishment, if they test positive for COVID-19 after returning to their destination from the Maldives.
What can I do to have a safer holiday experience in Maldives?
We encourage all visitors to install the Maldives’ contact tracing app ‘TraceEkee’ (App Store / Play Store) before arrival into the country to help us ensure your safety and the safety of others as you enjoy your holiday.
Please Always remember to practice good hygiene,frequent handwashing/use of hand sanitizer, Respiratory etiquette and maintain physical distance at least 3 feet between others outside your contact bubble, throughout your trip.
Here are some links for updated information on the COVID-19 situation in Maldives.
Latest COVID-19 updates: https://covid19.health.gov.mv/en/
Maldives COVID-19 Dashboard: https://covid19.health.gov.mv/dashboard/