85,000 people book for return to Qatar in March
March 23 2021 09:29 PM
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* Monthly number of returning guests is more than double the number who quarantined in November as additional available quarantine facilities become available
* Almost 13,000 Welcome Home refunds with value of $12mn processed so far
* Close to 50,000 Mekaines refunds have been processed to value of $11mn
* Arabic version of Discover Qatar website undergoing final trials and expected to be completed in April
Discover Qatar continues to ensure that returning travellers to Qatar are quarantined in a safe environment, having taken bookings in March for 85,000 guests in 60 hotels and Mekaines locations.
Working to constantly increase capacity, the monthly number of returning guests is more than double the number who quarantined in November as additional available quarantine facilities become available, Qatar Airways said in a statement Tuesday.
While capacity continues to grow, guests are recommended to book early to secure the property and budget of their choice.
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"The ongoing commitment to allow more than 385,000 people so far to return safely to Qatar, while protecting public health, has seen a determined effort by many stakeholders to deliver a world-class quarantine programme that has been in operation for eight months," the statement noted.
The stringent hotel quarantine requirements continue to protect Qatar and its residents while relieving the burden on medical staff and facilities by safeguarding against any Covid-19 outbreaks. The flexible model of quarantine without the need for a hard border closure has also assisted the local economy by allowing daily life to continue while taking sensible precautions.
Discover Qatar’s Welcome Home hotel quarantine package prices start from QR2,300, "providing economical options that allow an affordable quarantine experience".
Included are three meals per day on a full board basis, a PCR test and one-way transfers from Hamad International Airport upon arrival. These cost-effective prices allow guests to choose from over 60 hotels that suit their budget across three-, four- and five-star properties while two- and three-bedroom villas are available for larger families.
This compares favourably to other countries where no hotel choice is available or the pricing is fixed, the statement points out.
The Mekaines packages start from QR1,820 and include a mobile phone with a SIM card, Wi-Fi, full board and new bedding for every arrival.
The Discover Qatar call centre now has more than 55 dedicated Arabic speakers, increasing to 95 in early April, all providing 24x7 support. The Arabic version of the Discover Qatar website is undergoing final trials and is expected to be completed in April.
Refunds are also being swiftly handled, with almost 13,000 Welcome Home refunds with a value of $12mn processed so far and only a small number being validated with the hotels to confirm eligibility still pending.
Close to 50,000 Mekaines refunds have been processed to the value of $11mn with any outstanding requests due to be fully actioned by early April.
According to Qatar’s travel and return policy, people coming from the green list countries are required to undergo home quarantine while those arriving from countries not mentioned on the Green List must undergo hotel quarantine.
Quarantine packages have to be purchased from the Discover Qatar website and the list of countries is updated periodically and available on the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) website.
The MoPH had also recently announced that fully vaccinated citizens and residents of Qatar are now exempt from quarantine requirements after travel abroad for a period of six months.
Qatar Airways currently operates more than 950 weekly flights to over 130 destinations across the globe.

Last updated: March 24 2021 12:10 AM

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