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​​Government Communications Office announcement on #Qatar’s travel policy during the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.

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



List of Countries Classified Low Risk of COVID-19


As the State of #Qatar continues to implement its travel policies, the list of low-risk countries has been updated based on public health indicators in Qatar and around the world. Changes will come into effect on Saturday, 15 August.

​S​​​ No.​
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Countries
​Countries
Code

Continent​
Health Centers

​1
​Brunei Darussalam
​BRN
​Asia
​2
​Thailand 
​THA
​Asia
​3
​China
​CHN
​Asia
​4
New Zealand 
NZL
​Oceania
​5
​Vietnam 
​VNM
​Asia
6​ ​Malaysia 
​MYS
​Asia
​7
South Korea 
​KOR
​Asia
​8
​Cuba
​CUB
​America​
​9
​Hungary
​HUN
​Europe
​10
​Finland 
​FIN
​Europe
​11
​Latvia​
LVA 
​Europe
​12
​Estonia
EST 
​Europe
​13
Norway
​NOR 
​Europe
​14
​Italy 
​ITA 
​Europe
​15
​Lithuania 
​LTU 
​​Europe
​16
​Greece 
​GRC
​Europe
​17
Slovakia 
SVK
​Europe
​18
​Ireland
​IRL 
​Europe
​19
Germany 
DEU 
​Europe
​20
​Slovenia
​SVN
​Europe
​21
​Japan
JPN
​Asia
​22
​Denmark
​DNK 
​Europe
​23
​Cyprus
CYP
​Europe
​24
​United Kingdom 
​GBR
​Europe
​25
​Canada 
​CAN 
​America​​
​26
​Turkey
​TUR 
​Asia
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​27
​Poland 
​POL
​Europe
​28
​Austria​
AUT
​Europe
​29
​Algeria 
​DZA
​Africa​
​30
​Netherlands 
NLD 
​Europe
​31
​Iceland 
​ISL 
​Europe
​32
​France
​FRA
​Europe
​33
Croatia 
​HRV
​Europe
​34
​Switzerland 
​CHE
​Europe
​35
​Morocco
​MAR 
​Africa
​36
​Australia
​AUS 
​Oceania​

​37
Malta
MLT
​Europe
​38
​Portugal 
​PRT 
​Europe
​39
​Czechia 
​CZE
​Europe
​40
​Sweden
​SWE
​Europe​




FAQFAQ's

Q1. Which countries can I travel to and undergo home quarantine on return?

A. Travelers returning from one of the countries on the list of low-risk countries are eligible for home quarantine. Also, travelers from any country with a COVID19-free certificate from one of the MOPH approved testing centers can be home quarantined.​​

Q2. How long must I undergo home quarantine on my return from a low-risk country?

A. You must undergo at least seven days of home quarantine following your return to Qatar. 

Q3. Will I be tested during my period of home quarantine?

A. Yes. You will be tested at one of the health centers on the 6th day of home quarantine.

Q4. Are there any requirements or rules for home quarantine?​

A. Yes, there are Ten Rules of Home Quarantine that you must adhere to: 

  1. ​​​You must have a suitable housing condition with the availability of your own room and linked bathroom.
  2. You must sign an undertaking to abide by the rules of home-based quarantine.
  3. You must watch a short video on the home quarantine onboard flights and read the Home Quarantine Booklet to understand the process.
  4. You must apply preventive measures at home to protect others.
  5. You must have a swab test on day 6 after your arrival back to Doha at one of the PHCC healthcare centers.
  6. You must answer the phone calls from the public health team during your home quarantine.
  7. You must agree to receive a visit from the public health team every 2 to 3 days.
  8. You must inform the public health team if you develop any symptoms (fever, cough, body aches, change in taste or smell)
  9. You must download the Ehteraz app. 
  10. You should not receive visitors while under home quarantine.

Q5. Will my Ehteraz status change when I return from travel?

A. Yes. Upon arrival back to Doha, you are required to download Ehteraz app on your mobile. Your Ehteraz status will change to Yellow within a few hours from arrival, which means that you are under quarantine.​

Q6. Do I have to test for COVID-19 at Hamad International Airport if I have traveled to Turkey and had a test in one of the MOPH approved testing centers?  

A. No. If you have been tested at an approved MOPH COVID-19 testing center, you will not require a test on arrival at Hamad International Airport. You should present your COVID19-free certificate to the Medical officers at the Airport and begin your 7-days period of home quarantine.

Q7. ​Is there any documentation that I must complete on my return to Qatar?

A. Yes. Qatari and Permanent Residency holders and their families must complete and sign a Health Assessment Form. The form will be distributed among passengers by cabin crew onboard. On arrival back to Doha's Hamad International Airport, the filled form must be submitted to the Medical team.

Q8. I’ve already booked my travel and hotel quarantine stay – will I get a refund for the hotel quarantine?

A. If you are arriving from one of the low-risk countries and have booked and paid for a hotel quarantine, you will be able to get a refund as you will be eligible for home quarantine. Contact Discover Qatar​ for more details.  ​

Q9. If I traveled from one of the other countries, can I book directly with a hotel?

A.No. You will need to make your booking directly through the “Discover Qatar"  website for a stay at an approved quarantine hotel.​

Q10. Can I travel to the State of Qatar without applying for an "Entry Permit" or booking a hotel quarantine?

A. Residents will not be able to board a flight to Qatar without approved "Entry Permit" and a confirmed 7 days hotel quarantine package if traveling from the other countries. If the residents traveled from a low-risk country, then only "Entry Permit" is required.

On the other hand, Qatari and Permanent Residency holders do not require "Entry Permit." However, 7 days hotel quarantine reservation is needed when traveling from one of the other countries.

Q11. If I have already had a positive test for COVID-19, can I travel?

A. No. Once you have recovered and tested negative, you can travel, by adhering to the entry and quarantine policies announced.​

Q12. Where can I find more information about hotel quarantine packages and their reservations?

A. You can get more information by visiting the "Discover Qatar" website.​​

Q13. Can I undergo home quarantine if I travel to a country that is not on the official low-risk list?

A. No. If you are back from a country that is not included in the low-risk list, a COVID19-free certificate from one of the MOPH approved COVID-19 testing centers is a must to be home quarantined for 2 weeks. Otherwise, you are hotel quarantined for a week, tested, then home quarantined for a week if tested negative. To be updated with the list of MOPH approved COVID-19 testing centers, please visit the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH)​ website.

Q14. Are there any exemptions from hotel quarantine for people returning from countries, not on the low-risk list?

A. ​​Yes. The following vulnerable group returning from travel (Qatari and Residents) and their immediate family members living in the same household, including their domestic helpers returning with them, are eligible for home quarantine: 

  1. Persons aged 55 years old and above.
  2. Recipients of an organ or bone marrow transplant.
  3. Patients with hypertension who are on treatment.
  4. Patients with conditions that require immune-suppressive treatment.
  5. Patients with heart failure or coronary artery disease.
  6. Patients with moderate to severe asthma.
  7. Cancer patients with metastasis and those on treatment (Chemotherapy or Radiotherapy).
  8. Pregnant women (any trimester).​
  9. Nursing mothers with children aged 0-5 years.
  10. Patients with end-stage renal failure (ESRD) or on dialysis.
  11. Patients with CLD (Chronic Liver Disease) and decompensation.
  12. Patients with lower-limb amputations.
  13. People with disabilities where they are dependent on others for their activities of daily living.
  14. Children with disabilities and their mothers.
  15. Patients with epilepsy and on treatment.
  16. Patients with diabetic foot infections.
  17. People with deceased first degree relatives in the last 10 days.
  18. People with mental health problems on antipsychotic medications and whose condition is aggravated by staying in closed spaces
  19. Diabetic patients on treatment.​​

Q15. Is the medical condition stated in the application verified?

A. Yes. The request is reviewed by a medical team to ensure that the information is accurate by checking the resident's medical file to decide if he/she is eligible for a home or hotel quarantine. The same applies to travelers who fill their Health Assessment Form on board of the aircraft.​

Q16. Are Children under 5 tested for COVID-19?

A. Yes. 

Q17. What are the appropriate housing conditions for the home quarantine? What if the house is not suitable? And will the housing condition be checked?

A. The house should have a separate room with an ensuite bathroom. If the house is not suitable for home quarantine, then the individual should book a hotel room for quarantine via the "Discover Qatar" website. The housing condition will not be checked; however, the individual will sign a Home Quarantine undertaking that their house condition complies with the requirements.

Q18. Are children older than 5 exempted from hotel quarantine, if their mother was eligible for home quarantine?

A. Yes. The vulnerable group returning from travel and their immediate family members living in the same household are eligible for home quarantine.​

Q19. Is the father exempted from hotel quarantine, if his wife is pregnant and has children under 5?

A. Yes. The vulnerable group returning from travel and their immediate family members living in the same household are eligible for home quarantine.

Q20. Can a resident from one of the other countries travel to a low-risk country for testing and then to Qatar to be exempted from testing at the Airport?

A. Yes, provided that the resident stays at the low-risk country for a week from the travelling date and get a COVID19-free certificate not exceeding 48 hours from the traveling date​

Q21. Where can I find the list of MOPH approved COVID-19 testing centers in each country?

A. The list of MOPH approved COVID-19 testing centers is announced and published by the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) and the Civil Aviation Authority.​

Q22. Is COVID-19 testing at Hamad International Airport with fees?

A. No, it is free of charge.

Q23. Why are some countries not listed in the low-risk category, although they have little to no confirmed cases?

A. The low-risk country list is based on international standards, and the list is reviewed every two weeks.​

Q24. Are residents from countries that are not included in the low-risk list allowed to return to Qatar on the 1st of August?

A. Yes. 

Q25. Can a resident who has the nationality of one of the low-risk countries and is arriving from one of the other countries be home quarantined?

A. No. The decision for which type of quarantine to apply depends on the country of travel, not individual nationality.

Q26. Who is eligible for "Entry Permit"?

A. Residents require "Entry Permit" to return to the State of Qatar.

Q27. Does Qatari and Permanent Residency holders require "Entry Permit" to return to the country?

A. No. This service is for Residents who are QID holders.

Q28. Where can I get more information about the "Entry Permit"?

A. For more information about the "Entry Permit, visit the "Qatar Portal" website.

Q29. Is the entry permit mandatory to enter the State of Qatar?

A. Yes, all residents must apply for an entry permit in advance through Qatar Portal before booking a flight.​

Q30. Who is authorized to apply for an "Entry Permit"? Can residents apply for an "Entry Permit" themselves?

A. The employer is the only authorized party to apply for the resident's entry permit. Regarding family members, the resident may submit an entry permit request for them, provided that he/she has an entry permit while being outside the country.​

Q31. When can non-residents visit the State of Qatar (family visit, Visit visa, Work visa)? Can tourists visit the State of Qatar?

A. To be updated with information concerning issuing of visas, visit the "Qatar Portal" website.

Q32. What about the quarantine policy for the domestic workers and company-sponsored workers (manual and craft workers)?

A. Domestic workers and company-sponsored workers (manual and crafts workers) are quarantined in Mekaines Motel for 14 days. The Motel has single and shared rooms, where males and females are segregated.

Q33. Why do domestic workers and company-sponsored workers (manual and crafts workers) quarantine for 14 days while the other residents quarantine at a hotel for 7 days only?

A. Workers live in shared accommodation where others who are not in quarantine live, which makes it difficult for them to continue their quarantine period at home. Therefore, they are quarantined for 14 days at the Motel. For more information about quarantine facilities booking, visit the "Discover Qatar" website.​

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