Travelling to Qatar? Need Vaccinations?
The tiny oil-rich state of Qatar can be enormously surprising. With its Arabian Gulf coastline almost as long as the entire country, its vast expanse of desert, and its glittering capital, Doha, there is something here to please everyone. Play world class golf, take up dune bashing, or go skiing. Sand skiing. Ride a bicycle across the desert, or bask on one of Qatar’s beaches. The Museum of Islamic Art is a must, with Islamic relics dating back to the 7th century. Save some time to visit the capital, Doha, where you can dine and shop in luxury. Well before you are on your way to Qatar, make time for a visit to our Travel Health Clinic, four to eight weeks before departure, so that you will be completely safe and up-to-date with the Vaccinations you need for travel to Qatar.
What Vaccinations do I need for Travel to Qatar?
The following vaccinations are necessary for travel to Qatar:
Please read the following carefully, since, depending upon the condition of your health, demands of your planned itinerary, lifestyle and any adventures which may carry some risk, you might also need the following Vaccinations before departing for Qatar.
For further information on vaccines for life in the UK, see the British National Vaccination Schedule. Please book an appointment at our Travel Clinic well in advance of your departure, for more information, and advice on the Vaccinations and precautions we recommend for travel to Qatar.
Further Travel Health Advice for Qatar
Heat and Humidity
Qatar has a very hot desert climate with high humidity, and it is very important to drink a lot of water, and fruit juices, all through the day, no matter what your activities might be. Protect your skin with a good sunblock lotion, SPF20 or higher.
To stay healthy and enjoy your trip, it is important that you drink only bottled water. Also, use bottled water for brushing your teeth, and avoid using ice cubes.
Food and Drink
Qatar has almost as many restaurants as there are foods available, from fine dining to fast food establishments. Hotel restaurants offer a dazzling choice of international cuisine, including Spanish, Italian, French, Greek and many others. Qatari food reflects influences from India and Iran, and more recently, North Africa, and focuses on seafood. One important traditional dish, called Machbous, is a richly spiced stew of rice with seafood, meat, or both, usually served on a communal platter. Juice bars are very much in evidence in Qatar, and coffee is a very important part of everyday life, especially rich, dark Turkish coffee.
Seeking Treatment Abroad
If you need health care in Qatar, use a private clinic. There is a good infrastructure of health care here, both private and public, and major hotels have medical help available. It is always best to arrange in advance to have enough money with you to pay for any health care you might need.
Travel and Health Insurance
Protect yourself, and your family, with adequate travel health insurance which will cover your intended itinerary and any potentially risky activities.
Qatar is one of the safest countries in the world to visit.