Qatar announces updates to COVID-19 travel and return policy

Qatar announces updates to COVID-19 travel and return policy By A Robin - March 15, 2022
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HIA Qatar

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced a set of updates to its COVID-19 Travel and Return Policy. 

The policy updates come into effect from Wednesday (March 16) at 7pm Qatar time. 

The key policy updates include:

• GCC and EU nationals and residents, who meet the immunity criteria, can use the authorized health information app for COVID-19 from their country and will not need to complete the Ehteraz website pre-travel registration. 

• Performing a pre-travel to Qatar PCR test for GCC and EU nationals and residents is optional, unless the country of departure is listed in the Red Health Measures. Travellers who do not perform a pre-travel PCR test must have a Rapid Antigen Rest at an authorized medical centre within 24 hours of arrival in Qatar. Travellers with pre-travel PCR test are exempt from a Rapid Antigen Test after arrival. 

• The validity of COVID-19 immunity from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose or following recovery from infection has been extended to 12 months, in line with the Ministry's recent announcement.

The changes aim to facilitate smooth entry into Qatar for all travellers while safeguarding Qatar's population from COVID-19 through the implementation of appropriate health checks on travellers entering the country.

The ministry stated that all travellers must download and activate the Ehteraz app to gain entry to public places in Qatar. 

By A Robin - March 15, 2022

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