The Cabinet of Qatar has re-imposed a number of COVID-19 restrictions amid an uptick in infections.

Key Points:

  • The cabinet has mandated that only 80 percent of public and private sector workforces can work in the workplace at this time; others must work remotely. The workforce restrictions may cause a slowdown in visa and permit processing, and applicants should anticipate the possibility of delays.
  • Officials have also closed driving schools, reduced capacity in shops and restaurants and limited the number of people who can meet together at workplaces or outdoors to five, among other changes. Qatari citizens and residents must continue to activate the EHTERAZ application on their phone whenever they leave their home. A full list of restrictions is available here.
  • Qatar continues to enforce restrictions on entering the country. Currently, entry to Qatar is only available to nationals or residents of Qatar or nationals of another GCC country. Individuals who have not been vaccinated for COVID-19 in Qatar must quarantine for seven days in a government-approved hotel upon arrival in Qatar if they are traveling from a country that is not on Qatar’s green list. Travelers arriving in Qatar from “green list” countries who have not been vaccinated in Qatar are required to complete a mandatory seven-day quarantine at home.
  • Testing and health protocols also remain in place. Information about these protocols is available here.

Analysis & Comments: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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