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All returning travellers to face ‘mandatory quarantine’

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The Supreme Committee for Crisis Management has announced that all travellers returning to Qatar will have to quarantine for a week, in addition to a three-phase plan to re-impose certain restrictions if needed. 

All travellers returning to Qatar must undergo mandatory quarantine for at least a week, Qatar’s authorities said on Thursday, noting a continuation of Phase Four until further notice.

“While the public health indicators show that the spread of the virus has been contained in the State of Qatar, this does not mean the pandemic has been reversed or that it has disappeared,” the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management’s statement said.

Those traveling from low-risk countries are required to home quarantine for 7 days after taking a COVID-19 test upon arrival, in addition to another test after the completed duration. Their Ehteraz will turn green only after the results are negative. If positive, the traveller will be transferred to isolation. 

Passengers coming from high-risk countries will be required to quarantine in a hotel at their own expense for one week, provided that hotel accommodation is booked through the Discover Qatar website before arriving.

The Ministry of Public Health will continue updating the list of low-risk countries on its website.

The committee also said it approved an emergency three-phase plan to re-impose certain restrictions if needed by the health ministry, according to the recent statement

Read more: Here’s how to get a COVID-19 test in Qatar.

The statement also urged all those in Qatar to continue following precautionary measures to limit the spread of the virus, warning against large gatherings and social events which it said have been the main source of a rise in COVID-19 cases.

“It should be noted here that several countries around the world have already entered the second wave of the Coronavirus, and this could occur here as well if people do not take precautionary measures seriously,” read the statement. 

More information about quarantine policies can be found on the Government Communications office’s website.

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