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GCO Announces Airport Coronavirus Test and One-Week Home Quarantine for Incomers From 1 Aug

22 Jul, 2020 12:00 AMAl Sharq Newspaper, Gulf TimesIntended Audience
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The Government Communications Office (GCO) has announced that within the framework of the gradual lifting of restrictions imposed in the State of Qatar due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and based on the policy of travel and return to the State of Qatar announced previously, the travel policies have been reviewed. The GCO explained that these travel policies will be implemented effective from Saturday, 1 August 2020, based on public health indicators in the State of Qatar and the rest of the world countries.

The quarantine policy has been reviewed and the following has been decided: Arrivals to the State of Qatar from low-risk countries are required to take a Coronavirus test immediately upon their arrival at the airport, and to sign a formal pledge to follow a one-week home quarantine. It is noted that the traveler's status on the Ehteraz application will become yellow, which means that traveler shall be required to quarantine. After the week elapses, the traveler must go to one of the dedicated health centers to get another Coronavirus (COVID-19) test. If the result is positive, the traveler will be transferred to isolation, and if it is negative, the quarantine period ends at the end of that week and the traveler's status on the Ehteraz application will change to green.

It should be noted that the list of low-risk countries has been posted on the Ministry of Public Health's official website. The list of low-risk countries will be reviewed every two weeks. If there are accredited COVID-19 testing centers in one of these low-risk countries, obtaining a COVID-free certificate from one of these centers exempts the traveler from taking the test at the airport upon arrival in the country, provided that the date of obtaining the certificate not exceed 48 hours before traveling.

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