Country: Qatar, known officially as the State of Qatar, is situated on the northeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula. In this sovereign Arab emirate in western Asia, one can visit ancient ruins or view world-class artworks. The emirate is surrounded by the Persian Gulf except to the south, where it shares a border with Saudi Arabia.
The capital and largest city is Doha. The population is 2.1 million and its official language is Arabic.
To access emergency services: Dial 999
Currency: Riyal (QAR)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Qatar, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacu¬ation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers.
What to expect in a Qatari hospital: Modern medical care, highly trained physicians, and first-class equipment are available in the hospitals of Qatar. English-speaking doctors and nurses are also available.
Hospitals and doctors expect payment in cash when medical services are provided.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Qatar: To read about specific facilities which are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Qatar-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or WHO for up-to-date travel notices.