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Qatar to resume tourist, family visas starting July 12

Both vaccinated and non-vaccinated visitors will be required to present a negative PCR test and certain travelers must quarantine upon arrival.
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Qatar will issue family and tourist visas starting July 12, the Interior Ministry announced Thursday on Twitter.

Under the Ministry of Public Health’s revised guidelines, vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers wishing to enter Qatar must provide a negative PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival. 

Citizens and residents returning to Qatar who have received one of several Qatari-approved vaccines will not be required to undergo the mandatory quarantine, as long as their vaccine was administered more than 14 days prior to travel. Travelers who have recovered from the coronavirus in Qatar within the past 12 months are also exempted from the quarantine. 

Those who do not have residency in Qatar must be vaccinated to enter the country, the ministry said. Citizens from Gulf Cooperation Council states who have recovered from the virus or received a single dose of the vaccine will be exempted from quarantine. 

The ministry described Qatar as one of the top 10 countries in terms of vaccination rates and said that because of its effective inoculation campaign, international travel should be a smooth process.  

According to Reuters vaccine data tracker, Qatar has vaccinated roughly 58.8% of its population of 2.8 million. The Gulf state has recorded more than 222,000 coronavirus cases and 596 deaths since the pandemic began.

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