MoPH updates the list of eligible categories for home quarantine
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Qatar has been working above and beyond to protect the health of its citizens and residents.
Based on travel and return policies to Qatar previously announced in-light of COVID-19 restrictions, the list of eligible categories for home quarantine has been updated effective Sunday, January 24, 2021, at 2:00 pm, at all ports of entry to the country.
The following categories are excluded for hotel quarantine and allowed to quarantine:
- People aged 65 and above.
- People who have undergone organ transplant or marrow.
- Patients with conditions that require immunity inhibitor treatment.
- Patients with heart failure or coronary artery disease.
- Patients with asthma (moderate and severe asthma).
- Cancer patients, including patients who undergo treatment sessions (chemotherapy and radiation therapy).
- Pregnant women.
- Breastfeeding mothers who are caring for children aged from 0 to 5 years.
- Patients with acute kidney failure (end-stage renal failure) or those who undergo dialysis treatment.
- Patients with chronic liver disease.
- Patients who have had lower limb amputations.
- People with disabilities who are dependent on other people to carry out their daily activities.
- Children with disabilities and their mothers.
- Patients with epilepsy who receive epilepsy treatment.
- Patients with diabetic foot disease.
- People who have a first-degree relative who passed away within the past 10 days.
- People with mental health problems who are treated with medication, and whose health condition may deteriorate if they are kept in enclosed spaces.
- Diabetics who suffer from neuropathy, kidney or retinal diseases or other types of diabetes complications.
- Minors (aged below 18 years) who travel without their parents/guardians (not accompanied by an adult).
However, hotel quarantine will be mandatory for those who return from abroad alone without their exempted relatives who were with them when they traveled from Qatar. Therefore, they are advised to ensure necessary hotel reservations are made prior to their return to the country.
The exemption from hotel quarantine does not include visitors coming to the country. The decision can be suspended in cases that require the implementation of the hotel quarantine policy, such as inappropriate housing conditions.
It can also be suspended by a decision issued by the MoPH to control the spread of COVID-19 infections in the country.
Furthermore, travelers with chronic health conditions must register themselves for the ‘MyHealth’ patient portal online, to obtain a medical report and a COVID-19 test result from an approved health center within 72 hours prior to departure, or apply for a chronic condition certificate online through Hamad Medical Corporation or Primary Health Care Corporation websites.
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