* Ehteraz mobile application, filled out health assessment form and quarantine pledge mandatory requirements for arriving passengers

With the gradual lifting of Covid-19 restrictions across Qatar, Hamad International Airport (HIA) has announced that it is applying newly modified procedures for arriving passengers.

In a statement on Thursday, HIA said it has customised its procedures based on the categorisation of arriving passengers:

* Group One: Qatari citizens, their spouses and children, permanent residency holders.

* Group Two: vulnerable passengers who have certain identified medical conditions or are aged 55 years and above.

* Group Three: passengers arriving from ‘low-risk countries’.

* Group Four: passengers arriving from ‘high-risk countries’.

People have been advised to visit the Ministry of Public Health's website to see the latest list of countries classified as Covid-19 high- and low-risk.

All arriving passengers will be thermally screened at the airport. Passengers must have the Ehteraz mobile application downloaded and installed on a smartphone, which requires a SIM card. Volunteers are available to help passengers set up the Ehteraz app. Smartphones and SIM cards are also available for purchase at the airport.

All passengers must also fill out a health assessment form and sign a quarantine pledge agreement, preferably filled prior to arrival into Doha and submitted upon arrival.

Passengers arriving from ‘high-risk countries’ will present their hotel quarantine booking to the immigration officer. Once all arrival formalities are completed, passengers will be transported to their quarantine hotel with Discover Qatar.

All other arriving passengers will be diverted to designated airport testing facilities where they will receive swab tests. Once the testing is complete, passengers will proceed to immigration for entry processing. Those passengers can use private transportation to their home quarantine. The airport’s taxi pavilion is also available.

HIA has planned and executed comprehensive Covid-19 safety procedures, keeping every passenger journey in mind whether they are arriving, departing or transferring through the five-star airport.

To ensure the health and well-being of its staff and passengers, HIA has introduced a series of "unprecedented measures", including the implementation of robotics and advanced thermal screening helmets, the statement adds.

The five-star airport is keen on the safety of its passengers and employees and are continuously cleaning and disinfecting all high-contact areas every 10-15 minutes. Hand sanitisers are also readily available for passengers at key locations across the airport.

HIA maintains 1.5m social distancing across all passenger touchpoints around the airport, through floor markings, signage, and distance seating.

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