The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has revised the Covid-19 travel and return policy for travellers to Qatar effective from midday on Monday, August 2.
It revises the previous practice and mandates two day hotel quarantine for people travelling from six Asian countries for those got vaccinated in Qatar. Previously all such travellers were exempted from quarantine.
According to the announcement published on the MoPH website, new guidelines have been issued to those travelling from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Sri Lanka. Among these travellers, “those vaccinated/recovering from Covid-19 in Qatar are subject to a two-day hotel quarantine and are allowed to leave the hotel on the second day if the result of the PCR test is negative. The rest of the people are subject to hotel quarantine for a period of 10 days,” said, the announcement.
Qatar had done away with quarantine for those travellers who got vaccinated in the country and they had to show a negative RT PCR certificate taken within 72 hours of travel from a medical centre accredited by the local ministry of health in the country of departure.
While Qatar administers Pfizer/Biontech and Moderna vaccines in the country, it has also approved AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson (one dose only) and has conditionally approved Sinopharm. Those eligible for 2 day hotel quarantine are those who have taken two doses of the vaccine in Qtarand they should have completed two after the second dose of vaccination.
Meanwhile, Discover Qatar in partnership with Qatar Airways has launched the two night Welcome Home Quarantine package. Those travelling after August 2 midday, have to book the package on Discover Qatar website and get the hotel booking.
“Once a booking is made, amendments are not allowed up to 14 days before the arrival date of quarantine booking including full refund. All cancellations inside 14 days are subject to 100% cancellation,” the announcement said.
Furthermore it also says “if you confirm your booking within 14 days of arrival, it is non-refundable and the dates cannot be amended.”
Citizens and residents of Qatar can travel abroad at any time, provided that the travel and return policy is adhered to. Qatar has classified countries in green, yellow, and red lists according to the level of risk in each country.