Qatar Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
cholera no
Typhoid & Polio Yes
malaria no
Eat Drink
yellow fever no


The medical care cannot be compared to Europe and can be problematic in terms of technology, equipment and hygiene. In many cases there is also a lack of European-trained doctors who speak English or French. Adequate health insurance coverage valid worldwide and reliable travel insurance are strongly recommended. An individual first-aid kit should be taken with you. Check ebizdir for more information.

Food and drink

Water should generally either be boiled or otherwise sterilized or bought packaged before drinking, brushing teeth and making ice cubes. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Careful food hygiene is advised. Outside of urban areas, milk is generally unpasteurized and should also be boiled. Dairy products made from raw milk should be avoided, as should raw salads and mayonnaise. Meat and fish dishes should only be well cooked and served hot. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled.

Other risks

The standard vaccinations for children and adults recommended by the Robert Koch Institute (including against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), mumps, measles, rubella, pneumococci and influenza) should be refreshed before the trip if necessary. There are isolated cases of severe respiratory infections caused by a new coronavirus (MERS-CoV, the abbreviation for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus). It is unclear exactly where and how people in different countries can get infected. The World Health Organization (WHO) assumes that very close contact with sick people, as well as with camels and bats, can also lead to transmission from person to person. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. HIV/AIDS is a global problem and a threat to all who take the risk of infection. The well-known risks should also be avoided here. Leishmaniasis, transmitted by whiteflies, occurs nationwide. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents. rabies occurs. Carriers include stray dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Health certificate

Foreigners must present a negative HIV test in English to apply for a work permit. A certificate is sometimes required from all travelers staying longer than one month in Qatar that the visitor is HIV negative and free of the following diseases: tuberculosis, syphilis, typhoid, leprosy and hepatitis B.



1 Qatari riyal = 100 dirhams. Currency code: QR, QAR (ISO code). Banknotes are in denominations of 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1 riyal; Coins in denominations of 50 and 25 dirhams. The Qatari Riyal is pegged to the US Dollar.

Credit cards

American Express, Mastercard, Diners Club and Visa are accepted in shops and restaurants. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.


Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from ATMs. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used at ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.

Travelers cheques

Travelers checks are no longer accepted in Qatar.

Bank opening hours

  1. General Sun-Thurs 07.00-14.00.

Foreign exchange regulations

No restrictions, all sums and funds must be declared. The Israeli currency may not be imported.

Currency Exchange

We recommend taking US dollars with you. Euros can now also be easily exchanged in exchange offices.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
QAR QR 1 EUR = 3.81 QR
1 CHF = 4.51 QR
1 USD = 3.64 QR

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