In a major development, Qatar has announced that they will remove the mandatory quarantine requirement for all foreign tourists amid the FIFA World Cup 2022.
This move comes in the wake of easing travel and the transiting process for international travellers.
Additionally, the country announced that they will be scrapping the ‘Red Risk Classification’ according to the classification any foreign tourists arriving from abroad are no longer required to undergo the hotel quarantine.
Earlier, travellers from abroad had to quarantine at a designated hotel for a day.
If reports are to go by, the Gulf nation is expecting close to 1.5 million visitors as it is preparing to host the mega-sporting extravaganza in the next two months. Qatar is all set to host the FIFA World Cup 2022 from November 20 to December 18.
Although quarantine is no longer the requirement, those who test Covid +ve will be required to undergo quarantine measures as per the SOP.
Those visiting the country will be required to bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate that is not older than 48 hours or a rapid antigen test certificate that remains valid for 24 hours, from the scheduled flight to Qatar.
Travellers should also note that they must have Ehteraz mobile app, which they can activate using a local or international SIM card. Travellers will also be required to register for the pre-entry online registration system via the website (www.ehteraz.gov.qa) within three days before arrival.
As per the reports, Qatar authorities have approved the following vaccines – Pfizer / BioNTech (Comirnaty), Moderna (SpikeVax), AstraZeneca (Covishield / Oxford / Vaxzevria), and Jansen / Johnson & Johnson (only one dose) for entry into the country. Do note that Sinopharm, Sinovac, Sputnik V and India-made Covaxin are conditionally approved vaccines.
All foreigners travelling to Qatar from November 1, 2022, will be required to acquire a Hayya Card to enter the country. Do note that those who don’t even intend to visit the FIFA World Cup, must also get a Hayya Card during the tournament period.