Recently, Doha has switched from the old Doha International Airport to the new Hamad International airport. The new airport looks a huge improvement on the old one, which is good, but the switch does leave some confusion on what advice / information online still applies....
Qatar has quite strict rules on alcohol, which include tourists not being able to import it into the country, and tourists only being able to buy it at certain international hotels. (Tourists can't apply for or get an alcohol license, so can't follow the normal expat routes for buying it in shops)
On an upcoming trip, I'm spending a few days sightseeing in Doha during a stopover. However, I'd ideally like to buy some slightly unusual alcohol before the trip, to give as a present at my final destination. I'm quite happy with somehow leaving it at the airport to collect when I leave, but I don't want to have it thrown away!
Looking at the Doha wikivoyage page, we see:
Importing alcohol is not permitted – all bags are x-rayed upon arrival and any alcohol will be confiscated and held for you. With a claims receipt you can pick up your bottle again when you leave.
However, it isn't clear if that applies at the new Hamad International airport, nor how it works. Other pages online are similar, in both vague-ness and lack of clarity on old vs new airport behaviour
So, if I fly into Hamad International airport, with some alcohol in my checked suitcases, and I want to leave Doha with it (unopened!) a few days later, is that possible? And if so, how does it work with declaring it / handing it over / getting it back / getting it into your outgoing checked luggage?
(Due to liquid restrictions, I believe it'll have to be in checked luggage not hand luggage)