COVID-19: List of low-risk countries updated again effective Dec. 18

22 Dec 20



Qatar has once again updated its “green list” of low-risk COVID-19 countries.

Key Points:

  • The number of countries on the green list was reduced last week from 23 to 17. The remaining green list countries are: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Cuba, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Oman, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • Travelers returning to Qatar from one of the countries on the green list are eligible for home quarantine. Such travelers are required to remain in home quarantine for at least seven days upon entering the country.

Additional Information: Travelers from low-risk countries must still receive a COVID-19 test at the airport and sign a pledge to enter a home quarantine for one week after arriving in Qatar. After the home quarantine, travelers must receive a second COVID-19 test from a dedicated health center. Travelers with positive results must enter isolation at a government facility and those with negative results will be free to leave quarantine.

Travelers from high-risk countries will be asked to undergo a COVID-19 test at Doha airport. They will need to undergo a hotel quarantine booked from Discover Qatar for seven days. On the sixth day of the hotel quarantine, they will need to go to a dedicated health center in Qatar to get another COVID-19 test. Travelers with positive results must enter isolation at a government facility and those with negative results will need to undergo a home quarantine for another week.

Travelers who present a valid COVID-19 test certificate taken within 48 hours prior to travelling to Qatar from a dedicated testing center are exempt from taking the COVID-19 test at the airport upon arrival. As of today, dedicated testing centers are currently available only for those coming from ThailandGermanyUnited Kingdom and Turkey. The updated list can be checked at the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) website.

Everyone arriving in Qatar must download and install the Ehteraz app.

Analysis & Comments: Qatar has continued to reduce the number of countries on its green list, making entry protocols stricter for an increasing number of travelers. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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