Qatar - Regulations on Entry, Stay and Residence for PLHIV

Restriction categories relative to Qatar

  • Countries with restrictions for long term stays (>90 days)
  • Countries with unclear laws/practices; more information needed
  • Countries deporting people with HIV

Entry regulations Residence regulations Additional information
An HIV test is required for everybody intending to stay for more than one month. There is no HIV testing on entry. The embassy requires a medical exam report from one of the GCC-approved clinics in the country of the person requesting a work visa. Those testing HIV positive will be denied work visas and will be deported (exception: residents who contract HIV during residence).

HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for Qatar

Editor’s note:

  • It is currently not clear if the strict entry ban communicated by Qatari authorities in 2008 is still in place.
  • Entry visa forms on Qatar embassies’ websites do not require medical testing of any kind.
  • Citizens of most EU countries, Australia, Canada, Switzerland and the United States are eligible for visas on arrival at the airport in Doha (find the country list on Qatari Embassy websites). 

Visitors who intend to stay for more than one month should undergo a medical examination, including HIV testing. Only tests performed in the country are recognized. There is no HIV testing upon entry.

Residency and work permit applicants must undergo HIV testing at the designated governmental facility within one month. Those testing positive will be denied work visas and will be deported. Residents contracting HIV during their stay in Qatar will not be deported.  They can access treatment equally with nationals and are allowed to practice their daily life.

The Hamad Hospital (the largest hospital in Qatar) has a clinic with specialized doctors and other health professionals who are trained to treat HIV/AIDS. Treatment at this hospital is free of charge and provided to all patients on equal terms.

(Source: 1)

Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors to and foreign residents of Qatar. Medical exams are required for all long-term visitors and residents. If you have HIV, you may be deported. Verify this information with the Embassy of Qatar before traveling.

(Source: 2)

The Medical Commission's latest report revealing rise on HIV/AIDS cases among the newly-recruited workforce has alarmed a wide section of the society because it is believed this might contribute to spreading the disease in the country.

To avoid possible spread of communicable diseases by the newly arrived employees, employers must take these employees for a medical check-up within three days of their arrival. Many families who recruit domestic workers fail to do so. This can be dangerous as this section of workers have direct contact with family members especially children.

Recruiting agencies are supposed to conduct health tests in medical centres accredited by the Medical Commission and GCC in the employees' country of origin. This procedure is not obligatory but this can save the cost of repatriating people found to be unfit for working here, Naji added.

"To face the menace the state is electronically linking accredited medical centres at manpower exporting countries with The Medical Commission and the Ministry of Interior (MOI)," he disclosed.

(Source: 3)


HIV treatment information for Qatar

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    HIV information / HIV NGOs in Qatar

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    1. Permanent Mission of the State Qatar at the United Nations, Geneva, December 16, 2008
    2. U.S. Department Of State; Bureau of Consular Affairs; / January 10, 2018; consulted July 4, 2018
    3. The Peninsula online,, July 27, 2008,
      consulted July 30, 2008


    updated: 7/4/2018
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