The government has extended its ban on foreign nationals entering the country indefinitely.  Visa extensions are available to those unable to leave Qatar because of the travel restrictions.

Key Points:

  • Only Qatari nationals may enter the country at this time. Qatari nationals returning to Qatar must enter quarantine for 14 days.
  • Visas on arrival were automatically extended until April 22. Further extensions might be possible depending on the situation.
  • Business and tourist visa extensions must be requested by the sponsor.
  • Family visit visas may be extended using the Metrash 2 app.
  • Resident permit holders unable to return to Qatar because of COVID-19 will be able to return once the ban is lifted, even if their Qatar ID is expired or they have been out of the country more than six months.

Analysis & Comments: Qatar implemented the travel ban last month and suspended visa issuance in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The response to COVID-19 continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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