The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has approved four medical centres in Turkey where Qatari citizens can take Covid-19 tests, which if found negative will exempt them from the mandatory hotel quarantine upon arrival in Qatar. However, all such people have to agree for a home quarantine of 14 days.
The official Qatar News Agency on Monday said, “within the framework of the continuous efforts to maintain public health and enhance services provided to citizens abroad to combat the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has accredited four medical centers for Qatari citizens to take Covid -19 tests in Turkey”.
Quoting a ministry statement, QNA said that citizens in Turkey can visit the following hospitals for a Covid-19 test and obtain a Covid-free certificate, noting that the certificate is valid for 48 hours only. The accredited hospitals are: Ankara Sehir hospital, Yesilkoy Murat Dilmener Emergency Hospital, Basaksehir Cam ve Sakura Sehir Hospital and Kartal Dr. Litfi Kirdar Hospital.
Travellers who are in Turkey and are residents of Qatar could benefit from the service if they wish to return to Qatar starting from the third phase of lifting the precautionary measures that are in place as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
(The third phase of lifting sanctions begins on August 1.)
When the test is conducted in one of the accredited centers and the person is found to be free of the virus, this qualifies him to obtain an exemption from the mandatory hotel quarantine upon arrival in Doha, provided that the certificate holder is committed to home-quarantine for a period of 14 days. He has to sign the pledge for home-quarantine in accordance with the procedures and the standards set by the Ministry of Public Health.
The ministries of health in both countries had signed memoranda of understanding (to facilitate the service). The Ministry of Public Health is currently in the process of accrediting reliable medical centres for Covid-19 tests for Qatari citizens in some other countries too.
The MoPH has urged citizens to practise social distancing, wear masks and adhere to all procedures and laws announced by the competent authorities in Turkey, wishing all health and wellness.
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