Qatar’s updated travel policy comes into effect today, India on ‘Exceptional Red’ list

Covid Updates
Non-vaccinated visitors will no longer be allowed entry into Qatar
Team 24x7Qatar

Qatar recently announced updates to its COVID-19 travel and return policy with an aim to ease the process of travel and return to the country.

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) had earlier announced the updates, which come into effect today, Wednesday, October 6, 2021.

The updated travel policy includes restrictions on visitors from India.

India has been included on the ‘Exceptional Red’ list in the updated travel policy. The Exceptional Red List countries include India, the Philippines, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia, Kenya and Sudan.​​​

Qatar has classified countries into two lists – Green and Red, in addition to secondary list of Exceptional Red Countries. The classification is based on local and international health indicators and the epidemiology of coronavirus in different countries.

Also, non-vaccinated visitors will no longer be allowed entry into Qatar.

According to tweets from the Indian Embassy in Qatar, the guidelines as applicable to travelers from India are:

  1. Resident Permit holder: 12 years and above, fully vaccinated with MoPH-approved vaccines to undergo 2 days hotel quarantine. RTPCR test to be conducted and additional antibody test for those vaccinated outside Qatar in hotel.
  2. Resident Permit holders: 11 years and below, accompanied by fully vaccinated one or both parents/family member to undergo 2 days hotel quarantine. RTPCR test to be done in quarantine. Antibody test for parent vaccinated abroad.
  3. Resident Permit Holders: Non-vaccinated people to undergo 7 days hotel quarantine; RTPCR test on 6th day in quarantine.
  4. Visitors visas (family, tourist, business): 12 years and above, who are fully vaccinated with MoPH recognized vaccines; and children 11 years and below but accompanied by fully vaccinated parents/family member to undergo 2 days hotel quarantine. RTPCR test to be done in quarantine.
  5. Visitors (family visit, tourists, business) who are not vaccinated not allowed entry to Qatar.

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