According to the new guidelines for passengers from India to Qatar, 10 days of hotel quarantine is mandatory. The new guidelines were shared by the Indian Embassy in Doha on its Twitter account.
The Public Health Ministry announced that given the emergence of the new strain of ‘Covid-19’ virus in India, and to preserve public health in the State of Qatar, it was decided that no exceptions to the hotel quarantine policy will be applicable, and that the following measures should be adopted for all travellers coming from India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines and Sri Lanka, irrespective of whether they are travelling through direct flight or through other countries.
- All Passengers having their original flight from the above-said countries should mandatorily undergo Covid-19 PCR Test 48 hours prior to departure from the testing centres that are approved by their local health authority. No one can board a flight to Qatar without a valid negative PCR certificate.
- All arrivals from the above countries should undergo 10 days quarantine in a dedicated quarantine facility or 14 days if quarantined at Mekhaines facility.
- Home quarantine is not applicable for travellers coming from these countries, including exemptions due to vaccination or recovery from previous infection with the virus over the past six months.
- All arrivals from these countries should undergo a repeat Covid-19 PCR test at the quarantine facility within a day of their arrival. The PCR test will be repeated during and before the end of the quarantine period.
- All passengers transiting through Qatar should have mandatory pre-travel PCR test, and if their onward destination requires another PCR test, they can get it done at Hamad International Airport on a fee of QR300 per test.
The Ministry, in its statement affirmed that it is closely monitoring the situation, and taking necessary measures as per the public health indicators in the State of Qatar and worldwide, encouraging the population to adhere to the precautionary measures to preserve the health and safety of everyone.
The new strains of virus, including the one discovered in India are more contagious and more research is being done to identify the pace of this spread, and its impact on the lives infected with it.