Travel advice for Katar / Qatar.

Here you will find important tips and useful information for Katar / Qatar.

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Travel money:

Prepaid Travel credit card

in Swiss francs (CHF)

  • For ATM cash withdrawals

  • For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online

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in local currency

  • For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination

Local currency / ISO Code

Katar - Rial QAR

Currency exchange rate

QAR 100 = ~ CHF 28.00 ; CHF 1 = ~ QAR 3.57 (07/2020)

Further Information

Credit cards


  • Customary credit cards are accepted in most places. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.

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Time difference with Switzerland

+ 3 h / + 2 h during our summer time

National language

Official language


Language capabilities




Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)


220/240 volt / adapter required

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 6 months or more after end of stay, return or onward travel ticket an proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 1 month.
A single extension for an additional period of 30 days is possible.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Kuwait, Block 2, Street 1, House No 122
Tel.: +965 25 34 01 72 / +965 25 34 01 73 / +965 25 34 01 74 / +965 25 34 01 75

Opening hours


7.30 – 13.00 h (Sun - Thu)


8.00 – 12.00 h und 14.00 – 20.00 h (Sun - Thu)

  • Holders of an international driver's license can rent a car for up to seven days. Qatari authorities have zero tolerance for driving under the influence of alcohol.

  • Blood alcohol limit: 0.0 ‰.

  • Minimum age for car rentals: 23 (varies by rental company).

Health situation

Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information


  • Travelers who wish to travel to this country are advised to inquire about current traveler safety prior to departure.

  • In view of the continued tensions and events in many countries of the near and middle east, visitors to Qatar should behave modestly in public, respect the religious, cultural, and social traditions of Qatar, and avoid potential demonstrations or protest rallies.

Special legal regulations

  • Alcohol is only served in licensed bars and restaurants. Private import is prohibited and is strictly controlled by airport authorities.

  • Photographing military installations and public buildings (airports, bridges etc.) is prohibited.

  • Severe penalties for violations of drug laws (up to life imprisonment/death penalty).

Cultural characteristics
  • Qatar is a Moslem Country. Please observe local customs for dress code and conduct.

  • Ramadan 2019: 05.05. - 04.06.

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