Quarantine exemptions do not apply to arrivals from four countries: MoPH
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) yesterday highlighted that arrivals from the UK, South Africa, Netherlands and Denmark are not eligible for hotel quarantine exemptions based on age and health conditions.
On January 19, 2021, the Ministry had announced a list of eligible categories for home quarantine upon arrival in Qatar.
Further to the recently announced update, effective Sunday 24th January 2021 to departure and arrival policies and exemptions from hotel quarantine, pic.twitter.com/cnMFIMPjC5— وزارة الصحة العامة (@MOPHQatar) January 20, 2021
The list is based on travel and return policies to Qatar previously announced in-light of COVID-19 restrictions. It will be 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).
The Ministry also said that travelers with chronic conditions must register on the ‘MyHealth’ patient portal online, to secure a medical report and a COVID-19 test result from an approved health center within 72 hours prior to departure. They could also apply for a chronic condition certificate online through Hamad Medical Corporation or Primary Health Care Corporation websites, the Ministry said.
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