The recently announced decision on granting no exemptions from hotel quarantine to people returning to Qatar, except for those coming from the Green List countries, comes into effect Sunday.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), which made the announcement on Thursday, on Saturday issued an infographic on social media illustrating the type of quarantine - home or hotel - for people coming from countries included on the Green List and those arriving from nations not on the list.
People on the Green List have to go for home quarantine after arriving in Qatar via the airport, seaport or land border. Those not on the list have to go for hotel quarantine without any exception.
Hotel quarantine packages can be booked via the Discover Qatar website.
“Building on the previously announced return from travel policy to the State of Qatar, and in the light of the new medical data on Covid-19 in Qatar and the rest of the world, it is decided that any previous exemptions from hotel quarantine shall no longer apply for people returning back to Qatar from countries not on the Green List,” the MoPH had said in its announcement. “This new policy shall apply to all entries and exits from Qatar from Sunday, 14th February, 2021.”
The decision also impacts those who have been exempted from hotel quarantine before travelling as well as visitors entering Qatar, according to the MoPH.
“The Ministry of Public Health also confirms that the existing quarantine policy for travel and return to Qatar for people coming from counties on the Green List will remain in place.
The Green List, which is published on the MoPH website, currently includes Oman, Brunei Darussalam, Thailand, China (A. Hong Kong SAR – China; B. Macau SAR – China), Vietnam, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Myanmar, Maldives (‘Safe Travel Bubble’ package only), Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Cuba, Mauritius, Iceland and Ireland.
Meanwhile, the MoPH on Saturday reported 453 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, of whom 403 were from the community while 50 were travellers returning from abroad. The MoPH also announced the death of an 86-year-old person.
Further, the MoPH recorded 198 recoveries from the virus during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries in Qatar to 148,137.