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Resting in the desert, right along the Persian Gulf, is the country of Qatar. Qatar offers travelers an artistic, unforgettable glimpse into Middle Eastern and Islamic traditions.
A popular destination in Qatar is Al Wakrah, a city resting right along the Persian Gulf. This is the perfect destination for travelers wishing to soak up some sun on the beach. Al Wakrah’s family beach gives adults and kids the chance to hop into the beautiful waters of the Persian Gulf. The city is also home to the Al Wakrah Souq, a large marketplace with over 100 shops. With all the delicious restaurants in the souq, Al Wakrah promises exciting nightlife.
Al Khor is another stop in Qatar that tourists like to visit. In the town is the popular Al Khor Park. The park also has a zoo, a children’s play area and a field.
With a rich culture and history, Qatar is the perfect destination for all travelers.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Qatar. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Qatar: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, and influenza.
Dengue is present in Qatar. Make sure you bring insect repellents or netting for protection.
Visit our vaccinations page to learn more. Travel safely with Passport Health and schedule your appointment today by calling or book online now.
A valid passport and visa are required for travel to Qatar. While a visa can be bought on arrival, it is best to have one before arriving.
Exit permits may be required based on the nature of your trip.
For more information, see our Qatar visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Qatar has a very arid desert climate. Summers in Qatar are hot and humid. The average high from June to August is a in the 100’s. Temperatures are lowest in the winter, around January. Qatar only experiences about 2.8 inches of rainfall yearly. Since the country is small, these temperatures are consistent throughout most regions.
Qatar is a safe country to visit. Crime rates in Qatar are low. There are minimal incidents of violence and theft. There is also a large police presence throughout Qatar.
Travelers should be aware that terrorist groups are active in the Middle East. There is a risk of assassination, kidnapping, bombings and hijackings in the region.
While Qatar sees less terrorist activity, it is important to be mindful if you are visiting. Watch local broadcasts and messages from the consulate. Practice personal safety at all times. Avoid large demonstrations and events often visited by or marketed to Westerners.
Religion is a very sensitive topic in Qatar. This exposure to religion will likely spark conversation and discussion.
It is important to remember that Qatar is an Islamic country that takes religion seriously. Proselytizing, or attempt to convert someone to a different religion is illegal. But, even attempting to share a differing faith may be considered proselytizing. Consequences for proselytizing include deportation and imprisonment.
Visitors should also dress modestly in accords with Islamic traditions. Show the proper respect for the religious beliefs and culture of those in Qatar.
In addition to all travel documents and medications recommended by a Passport Health Travel Medicine Specialist, here are some items to consider packing:
All Americans visiting Qatar should register with the U.S. Embassy in Doha. Registering will inform the office of your travel plans and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation. You can register online, through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
U.S. Embassy Doha
22nd February Street
Al Luqta District
P.O. Box 2399
Visit the U.S. Embassy website prior to your departure to confirm correct contact details for the U.S. Embassy in Qatar.
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