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Q. Which type of COVID-19 test do returning travelers require?​

A. Travelers retuning to Qatar who are required to have a COVID-19 test following arrival back in Qatar should have a Rapid Antigen Test (not PCR) at an authorized medical center. ​

Q. Which type of COVID-19 test do people with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 require?

A. People under 50 years of age with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 should have a Rapid Antigen Test.​

Q. Which medical centers offer official Rapid Antigen Tests?

A. Private medical facilities:

  • Rapid antigen tests are available at more than 100 private hospitals and clinics in Qatar at a cost of QR50 per test. Test results at private centers are usually delivered within 15 minutes. 
     Primary Health Care Corporation:
  • Rapid antigen tests are available at all 28 PHCC health centers. 
  • The results will be sent to individuals via SMS within two hours of the test and the results reflected in Ehteraz no earlier than 4 hours after the test.
  • Rapid antigen tests at PHCC health centers are charged at the following rates: QR50 for unvaccinated individual for work or school purposes; QR50 for post-travel tests; free for eligible people with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or close contacts of infected cases.

Q. Which groups are eligible for Rapid Antigen Tests at approved medical centers?

A. MOPH Health has approved the use of COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) at authorized public and private centers for the following groups:

  • For people under 50 years of age who display COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • For people under 50 years of age who are close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
  • For travelers returning to Qatar who require post-travel COVID-19 tests

Q. What type of COVID-19 tests does the new drive-through center in Lusail offer?

A. PCR tests only (not rapid antigen tests) for eligible population groups:

  • People 50 years and above with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (free of charge)
  • People 50 years and above who are close contacts with a confirmed case (free of charge)
  • Preoperative patients (free of charge) 

Q. Where can people go for a pre-travel PCR test?

A. People requiring a pre-travel PCR test can visit one of more than 100 private hospitals and medical clinics. Pre-travel PCRs are charged at QR160 per test.

Q. ​In which circumstances can a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Self-Test be used for?​

  • Individuals with mild or moderate symptoms who suspect they may have COVID-19. 
  • Asymptomatic (displaying no symptoms) individuals who suspect that they have COVID-19 due to being in close contact with a confirmed infected person. 
  • Individuals who want to check their COVID-19 status before visiting a vulnerable family member or friend.
  • Testing before a social gathering.

Q. What should people do if they test positive on a Rapid Antigen Self-Test?

A. Individuals who test positive after taking a rapid antigen self-test should isolate themselves at home and avoid contact with family and friends. They may visit an approved medical facility for an official COVID-19 test to obtain a certificate and have their Ehteraz status changed. ​

Q. Can Rapid Antigen Self-Tests be used for official purposes?

A. No. Rapid antigen self-test results may not be used for official purposes such as pre-travel testing, changing Ehteraz health status, sick leaves, or official health certificates.​

Q. Where are Rapid Antigen Self-Tests available to buy?

A. ​​Rapid antigen self-tests are available in authorized pharmacies and Al Meera hypermarkets throughout Qatar. MOPH has set a maximum cost of QR35 per test, with a limit of 10 tests per person, per transaction. ​


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