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Qatar has extended quarantine requirements for all inbound travelers until Dec. 31.
Additional Information: Qatar updated its list of low-risk COVID-19 countries Sept. 1. 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. (There are 41 low-risk countries, the list is here.) 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 also need to undergo a hotel quarantine booked from Discover Qatar for 7 days. On the sixth day of the hotel quarantine, they need to go to a dedicated health center in Qatar to obtain 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 from a dedicated testing center taken within 48 hours prior traveling to Qatar 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 Thailand, Germany, United Kingdom and Turkey. The updated list can be checked at the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) website. Everyone arriving in Qatar must still download and install the Ehteraz app.
Analysis & Comments: The quarantine requirements extension was implemented to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and travelers should continue to take the requirements into account when planning travel to Qatar. 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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