Qatar adds 6 more countries to its ‘red list’ with mandatory quarantine

In response to an increase in COVID-19 incidents, Qatar has added the United Kingdom, the UAE and four other countries on its “red list” of travel. Arrivals from these countries must now be submitted to the hotel’s quarantine upon arrival.

The UK has joined Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Barbados, Brunei, Ethiopia, Iran, Mongolia, Palestine, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Syria and the UAE in the high-risk classification by the Ministry of Public Health of Qatar on 15 November.

The announcement comes just days after the World Health Organization confirmed the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating in Europe as countries ease travel restrictions.

Fortunately, transit flights from countries on the red list will not be affected, confirmed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar.

“Transit passengers traveling to another destination can still transfer via Qatar and many flights continue to operate.”

New restrictions for visitors from countries on the red list.

Qatar imposes different requirements depending on the nationality of the visitor, the vaccination status and the type of vaccine they received.

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Jansen are among the vaccines approved in Qatar, while Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik V are “conditionally approved”.

Travelers from countries on the red list will still be able to enter Qatar, but the restrictions will be much stricter.

Fully vaccinated travelers should,

  • Submit a negative PCR test obtained 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • Take another PCR test upon arrival at the hotel.
  • Submit to the hotel’s mandatory quarantine for up to two days.

Unvaccinated travelers should,

  • Submit a negative PCR test obtained 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • Take another PCR test on arrival at the hotel and on the sixth day.
  • Mandatory hotel quarantine for at least seven days.

“A positive antibody serology test prior to travel is mandatory for individuals with two doses of a conditionally approved vaccine, with the test valid for 30 days,” said the Ministry of Health of Qatar.

In addition, visitors who received two doses of a conditionally approved vaccine and one dose of an approved vaccine will be considered fully vaccinated.

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