Qatar extends mandatory travel quarantine through Dec. 31

Travelers from "low-risk countries" must quarantine for at least seven days upon arrival.

al-monitor This picture taken on Sept. 1, 2020, shows a Doha Metro station in Qatar's capital as the Gulf country resumes bus and rail services for the first time since March with reduced capacity due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Photo by KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images.

Oct 13, 2020

Quarantine requirements for travelers to Qatar will continue through the end of the year, a local news outlet reported on Tuesday.  

“For all arrivals — including nationals, residents and visa holders — quarantine requirements are now extended for all arrival dates up to 31 December 2020,” reported The Peninsula daily newspaper, citing the government’s Discover Qatar website, which is used to make quarantine hotel bookings. 

Under the current travel guidelines, entry to Qatar is allowed only for Qatari nationals and their spouses and children, permanent residents and certain travelers with pre-approved entry permits. 

Those arriving from a list of countries deemed “low risk” must take a coronavirus test upon landing at the airport and sign a pledge that they will quarantine at home for seven days. After the quarantine period ends, travelers will be required to take a second test, which, if positive, will require they be isolated.

The 40 countries on the current low-risk list include China, Turkey and much of Europe. Doha-based Qatar Airways is now offering more than 650 weekly flights to over 90 destinations worldwide. 

Travelers coming from countries not on the list must obtain a “COVID19-free certificate” no more than 48 hours before their flight and are required to self-quarantine upon arrival. If coming from a country that lacks accredited testing centers, travelers will be required to self-fund a one-week quarantine in a hotel, get tested and then home quarantine for another week should they test negative. 

The Ministry of Public Health announced 214 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections in the country of some 2.7 million to 125,373. With a death toll of 220, Qatar has an unusually low fatality rate given its high number of cases

Health officials credit the country’s young population, proactive testing regime and expanded hospital capacity for the relatively low number of deaths