The government has implemented several relief measures for foreign visitors in Qatar who are unable to return home because of COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Key Points:

  • Because of the airport closures, visitors using tourist visas, including visas-on-arrival and previously issued visas, are allowed to remain in the country without extending their visa or paying any fees.
  • A grace period will be granted for them to exit the country once conditions have become normal and flights begin operating again.

Background: Last month, Qatar implemented a travel ban and suspended visa issuance in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Earlier this month, the travel ban was extended and various visa measures including extensions were implemented.

Analysis & Comments: The new relief measures will make remaining in the country and eventually exiting easier for foreign visitors. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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