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Qatar to further ease Covid19 restrictions from 12th March 2022

18 March 2022

The restrictions that were in place to limit the spread of Covid-19 in Qatar, will be further eased from Saturday, the 12th March 2022. A decision to this effect was taken during the recent Cabinet meet chaired by the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin ABdulaziz Al Thani.
Some of the restrictions that have been eased include:

  • Restrictions imposed on carrying capacity of means of transportation,and  open and closed public and private places.
  • Entry to closed public places will be allowed only for citizens, residents and visitors who are completely vaccinated against Covid19, those recovering from the disease, and to people whose health condition prevent them from taking this vaccine based on medical report determined by Health Ministry.
  • Nationals, residents and visitors who have not completed their vaccination schedule will have to undergo rapid antigen test approved by the Ministry of Public Health for indoor places such as gyms, sport events, weddings, conferences, restaurants, cafes, amusement parks, entertainment centers, water parks and swimming pools, theatres and cinemas. The rest should however be done 24 hours prior to entering such indoor places.
  • All the health requirements set by Ministry of Public Health should be adhered to when holding any exhibition, event or conference.
  • All employees in the government sector and private sector can continue to work from the office.
  • All workers and employees in the public and private sectors, who have not completed their Covid19 vaccine schedule should undergo the rapid antigen test approved by Ministry of Public Health on a weekly basis.
  • All nationals, residents and visitors are required to wear masks in all indoor public places. However, they are not obligated to wear masks in open public places unless when they are involved in public activities organized in markets, exhibitions and during events.
  • All workers whose nature of work involves interaction with customers, should wear masks during their work period, even if they are in open spaces.
  • All nationals, residents and visitors should activate the EHTERAZ app on smartphones when leaving the house for any purpose.
  • Weddings can be held as usual, and restrictions are limited to entry of people who are not vaccination or are partially vaccinated against Covid19.

It is mandatory to comply with the health requirements, procedures and precautionary measures determined by Ministry of Public Health. The Interior Ministry, Health Ministry and Ministry of Commerce and Industry, along with government agencies will take necessary measures in this regard to ensure compliance with procedures, health requirements, precautionary measures and established controls.
All of these decisions will get effective on Saturday, the 12th March 2022 until further notice.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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