So much more than a stopover! Qatar is a beautiful destination that mixes both the old and the new. It has a blend of cultures, a lot of sunshine and delicious treats. It is undergoing a massive makeover due to the 2022 World Cup and will be even more of a site to see as it all comes together. Qatar is quickly making a name for itself on the global scene bringing many nationalities and opportunities to this luxurious travel hub.
Drinking water: Safe to drink from the tap
Plugs: Type D and G (See photo below)
Prior to arrival you’ll need to register at www.ehteraz.gov.qa and download the app. You’ll use this code to ride the metro, enter restaurants, leave the airport etc. You will also need to fill out an Acknowledgement Form. A PCR is required, no more than 72 hours before arrival.
**Make sure to triple check entry requirements well before departure as protocols are constantly changing**
Official currency: ر.ق (QR) Qatari Riyal
Budget: Your costs will be mostly accommodation as there aren’t a ton of budget options. Food is very reasonable, especially if you’re eating at local places. If you’re going for the World Cup expect prices to be extremely high.
Credit cards: Common
Tipping: Not common. Tips usually don’t make it to the server. If you’re going to leave something, give it directly to them. You can discreetly give 5-10% but it’s not obligatory.
84 countries do not require a visa for short stays including EU and the rest of Europe, all of South America, a handful of North Americans (including US, Canada and Mexico), Aus and New Zealand, a handful of Asian countries and Seychelles and South Africa for African countries.
**Always check with your government for the most up to date information on visa requirements.**
**Assuming you are current on routine vaccinations. Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on required vaccinations specific to your home country**
Exercise Normal Precautions
**Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on safety**
Official Languages: Arabic
Hello: أهلا (Ah-ha-lan)
Thanks: شكرا (Shukran)
Yes: نعم (naam)
No: لا (laa)
When to go
You’ll want to visit during the cooler months of November and April. During the summer temps are regularly in the upper 40’s and even sometimes into the 50’s C (115+F).
Be respectful in your clothing choices -women should cover their knees and shoulders. I know it’s hot but find looser fitting clothing and you can use a shawl to cover your shoulders. If tours are taking you out of town where there aren’t locals it’s usually tell you it’s okay to wear what you want, but double check before you go.
Hire local guides
Eat, stay and shop local
Always be environmentally conscious