WATCH: Qatar reviews travel policy during the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions

WATCH: Qatar reviews travel policy during the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions

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By QLNews

As part of the gradual lifting of restrictions imposed in Qatar as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and based on Qatar’s travel policy announced previously, the travel policies effective Saturday, August 1 has been reviewed based on public health indicators in Qatar and around the world.

The quarantine policy has been reviewed and the following has been decided:

Arrivals to Qatar from low-risk countries are required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at the airport, and to sign a formal pledge to adhere to quarantine at home for a week, noting that the traveler’s status on the Ehteraz App will be yellow, which means that they are required to quarantine.

After the week has elapsed, the traveler must go to one of the dedicated health centres to get another COVID-19 test. If the result is positive, the traveler will be transferred to isolation, and if it is negative, the quarantine period ends at the end of that week and the traveler’s status on the Ehteraz App will change to green. The list of low-risk countries will be reviewed every two weeks.

If there are accredited COVID-19 testing centres in one of these low-risk countries, obtaining a COVID-free certificate from one of these centres exempts the traveler from taking the test at the airport upon arrival in the country, provided that the date of obtaining the certificate does not exceed 48 hours before traveling.

Arrivals from countries that are not included in the list of low-risk countries and in which COVID-19 testing centres have been accredited are required to obtain a virus-free certificate from there no more than 48 hours before traveling. The arrivals must also adhere to the home quarantine for a week upon arrival in Doha while also following the policy and conditions applied to arrivals from the low-risk countries mentioned above.

Arrivals from other countries that are not included in the list of low-risk countries and in which there are no accredited COVID-19 testing centres will be required to quarantine in a hotel at their own expense for one week, provided that hotel accommodation is booked through the “Discover Qatar“ website before arriving in Qatar. After the week has elapsed, the ending of the quarantine period will depend on the result of a COVID-19 test. If the result is positive, the traveler will be transferred to isolation, and if it is negative, the person will commit to home quarantine for another week, in which case the status on the Ehteraz App will be yellow and will then change to green after the week has passed.

Qatari citizens and their wives, spouses, and children, and permanent residency holders:

They can travel outside the country and return at any time while adhering to all the above-mentioned procedures and according to the countries of arrival.

Patients receiving treatment abroad at the expense of Qatar and their registered companions, and employees who are dispatched for work assignments will be exempt from bearing the cost of the hotel, as the relevant body will cover the costs of the hotel quarantine if the traveler meets the conditions of the hotel quarantine, as explained in the statement.

Residents:

They will be allowed to return to Qatar starting the first of August 2020. Residents’ entry will be organized based on a series of priorities, including public health indicators, the nature of the needs of the various government and semi-government sectors and humanitarian cases, and through submitting return requests for permits via the “Qatar Portal” website based on the above-mentioned priorities.

The employer shall bear the costs of the quarantine in the dedicated facilities for blue-collar workers in the private sector and domestic workers at a nominal cost after obtaining the entry permit.

Categories eligible for home quarantine:

The Ministry of Public Health has identified the following categories eligible for home quarantine for a week, regardless of the country from which they arrived:

- Those over 55

- Those who have had an organ or spinal cord transplant

- Those who receive immunosuppressive therapy

- Those who suffer from heart disease

- Those who suffer from moderate to severe asthma

- Those who receive cancer treatment

- Pregnant women

- Babysitting mothers with children up to five years-old

- Those who suffer from kidney failure

- Those with chronic liver disease

- Those with lower limb amputation

- Those with disabilities who require support to carry out activities

- Disabled children and their mothers

- Those who suffer from epilepsy and receive treatment

- Those with diabetic foot

-  with immediate relatives who have died in the 10 days prior to their arrival

- Those receiving treatment for mental and psychiatric illnesses, and people suffering from claustrophobia

- Those who suffer from diabetes and receive treatment

- Those who have high blood pressure

Workers in the various sectors are required to coordinate the dates of travel and return with their employers. Families and workers in the education sector must take the quarantine period into account when planning their return to Qatar to avoid absence during the mandatory quarantine period, whether in the designated facilities or at home.

It should also be noted that the process of issuing return permits for residents will be through the “Qatar Portal” website until the need to organize the entry process ends, based on relevant public health indicators.

For more information regarding the process of issuing return permits to Qatar, you can contact the Government Contact Centre via the hotline (109).

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Source: GCO

By emailabsar• 23 Jul 2020 11:41
emailabsar

Can anyone please elaborate, Babysitting mothers with children up to five years-old

Does it mean a mother with children upto 5 years of age are exempted from mandatory hotel quarantine and is eligible for home quarantine.

By emailabsar• 23 Jul 2020 11:41
emailabsar

Can anyone please elaborate, Babysitting mothers with children up to five years-old

Does it mean a mother with children upto 5 years of age are exempted from mandatory hotel quarantine and is eligible for home quarantine.

By Inshazz• 23 Jul 2020 09:42
Inshazz

Registration in portal will begin from August 1

By christofer• 23 Jul 2020 08:58
christofer

Please help how to find the portal for getting the approval to enter Qatar re entry

By sajiareek009• 22 Jul 2020 19:45
sajiareek009

I have valid QID . NOW I Am in india can i come after 1st August. please give me full details of re entrie in qatar.

By JANAKA MAHESH PERERA• 22 Jul 2020 18:08
JANAKA MAHESH PERERA

i am trying to find the portal to apply to get the return authorization . But i could not find it. Please help to find the way to apply to get the return

By Shaikhikram• 22 Jul 2020 15:09
Shaikhikram

Cannot find anything update for approval to enter qatar on qatar portal website ... plzz help. !!

By Ajaz100788• 22 Jul 2020 12:39
Ajaz100788

i have valid QID now am in india can i come after 1st August?

By usama11111• 22 Jul 2020 09:52
usama11111

I have family residence visa but not QID. So can I enter Qatar as per new policy?

By Rajaebinazer• 22 Jul 2020 09:20
Rajaebinazer

By Christopher, currently they mentioned only for Turkey, they didn't provide any details for India. They can take test in Doha airport itself and if they are above 55 yrs old they are exempted from hotel quarantine and they can take home quarantine.

By christofer• 22 Jul 2020 08:52
christofer

Which are the accredited Health center in Mangalore Karnataka India for Covid test as I want to get mine parents back to Qatar and they both are resident of Qatar and coming from India have QID

By Rajaebinazer• 22 Jul 2020 05:54
Rajaebinazer

When will they start to provide family residnece visa again? Am waiting to bring my family .

By Inshazz• 22 Jul 2020 05:18
Inshazz

I have family residence visa but not QID. So can I enter Qatar as per new policy?

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