Travel Advice for Qatar
Qatar
Capital: Doha

Time Zone GMT + 3
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 974
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 0
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
All services - 999
Tourist
Information
Ministry of Tourism and Culture, PO Box 1836, Doha, Qatar. Tel: 831 333 Fax: 831 518.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket and sufficient funds for stay are required. Requirements may be subject to short term change. Contact the relevant authority before departure.
Visa
Information
Required by all except: Nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate will be required from travellers over 1 year of age arriving from infected areas.
Other Health Risks: Cholera, Rabies.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency Qatar Riyal (QR) = 100 dirhams.
All credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. US dollars and pound sterling are the preferred CURRENCY in travellers cheques.
ATM availability: Over 30 locations.
Cost of
Living
Qatar is one of the richest countries in the world. Accommodation is hotel-based only, ranging from international to standard.
Languages Arabic. Some English may be spoken.
Weather Summers (June - Sept) are very hot with low rainfall. Spring and autumn are warm and pleasant.
Electricity 240/415 volts AC, 50 Hz.
Post Up to a week to Europe.
Transport ROAD: Conditions can be poor when it rains.
TAXI: Have black and yellow number-plates and are metered.
CAR HIRE: Available from hotels and at the airport.
DOCUMENTATION: A 90 day temporary driving permit will be granted on presentation of a national driving licence or IDP.
Special
Information
Because of the situation of global and regional insecurity at present, travellers should exercise extreme caution and make only necessary journeys to this country. If you intend to travel depite this advice you should be aware that Qatar is more liberal than Saudi Arabia but not as liberal as Dubai or Bahrain. Extra care has to be taken on the roads. It is important to respect Muslim traditions and local customs - dress modestly and behave courteously. There is heavy censorship of pictorial material. Men should not remove shirts in public.