Doha, the capital of Qatar, is known for its futuristic architecture and ancient Islamic buildings. Popular sites for visitors include the Museum of Islamic Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Katara Cultural Village, and Qatar’s beaches along the western coast.
The standards for patient care and medical services in Qatar may differ from your home country. Qatar has a well-funded public health sector and a small private sector. Healthcare generally meets international standards in Doha and other major cities but may be inadequate throughout the rest of the country. Gender inequality can sometimes be a barrier to health and healthcare access in the country.
In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Qatar typically require upfront payment in cash or credit card, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Qatar.
Pharmacies are widely available throughout the country. The majority of pharmacies are privately owned. Medicines that may require a prescription in your home country can sometimes be purchased over-the-counter in Qatar, but you should consult a physician before taking a new medication. Pharmacists are generally well-trained, but the pharmacist-to-patient ratio is low, which may lead to longer wait times.
If you are travelling with medication, check with Qatar’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Qatar’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.
Roads are typically well maintained, but compared to other countries, traffic accidents and injuries are high in Qatar. Travellers should exercise caution when driving. Seat belts are required by law for drivers and front seat passengers only, but should be worn by all passengers. Motorcycle drivers and passengers are required to wear a helmet at all times.
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Population: 2.63 million
Official language: Arabic
Time zone: Arabian Standard Time (AST)
Emergency #: 999
Vaccinations required: Yes
Risk of malaria: No