Qatar to lift travel restrictions for valid visa holders from August 1
Doha: Qatar has announced that travel restrictions imposed amid the COVID-19 outbreak will be relaxed. People who hold a valid visa will be allowed to fly back to Qatar from August 1.
Citizens, as well as permanent residents, are also allowed to travel outside the country and return at any time.
At the same time, Qatar has put forward certain conditions while lifting the travel restrictions. Only expats from COVID low-risk countries will be allowed to enter Qatar without a certificate.
All passengers must undergo COVID-19 test at the airport and observe home-quarantine for at least a week, informed Qatar authority.
Expats who hold a Qatar ID will be permitted to fly back to the country from August 1.
Those who want to return are directed to register for a re-entry permit through following web portal: portal.moi.gov.qa
Meanwhile,Qatar has not listed India among the 40 COVID-19 low-risk countries.
Those who return from COVID low-risk countries are directed to undergo COVID test after reaching Qatar. They should submit a written declaration promising that they will observe home-quarantine for a week. After completing the quarantine period, each one should undergo COVID test again at the nearest health centre. If they test positive, they will be placed under isolation and if they test negative, their quarantine period will be cancelled.
People belong to COVID-19 high-risk countries should produce a COVID-19 negative certificate issued within 48 hours from Qatar approved COVID-19 test centre before their trip. It is not sure whether such test centres are operational in India.
People who reach Qatar with COVID-19 negative certificate are also directed to observe home-quarantine for a week. After the quarantine period, they should undergo a test again at a centre in Qatar.
Meanwhile, people from high-risk countries where Qatar approved COVID test centres are not operational must observe compulsory institutional quarantine for a week. The Qatar authority informed that each person should meet the expense of institutional quarantine by themselves.