Doha: Passengers from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Philippines, will require compulsory hotel quarantine for 10 days as per new guidelines from Qatar authorities.
No exception will apply to such travellers even if they are fully vaccinated, the ministry added.
“Home quarantine criteria is not applicable for travellers coming from these countries,” the ministry said, adding that recovery from a previous infection in the past six months is also not grounds from quarantine exemption.
The quarantine period will be 10 days for those isolating in hotels and 14 for those in Meknes hostels.
The ministry said travellers from these countries are also required to carry a negative RT PCR test done within 48 hrs of departure. They will be re-examined during and before the end of the quarantine period.
The ministry also said passengers can get tested for COVID-19 at the Hamad International Airport in Qatar by paying QR300.
The Ministry of Public Health in February had announced quarantine exemptions to fully vaccinated people following foreign travel, provided that they took the specified number of doses — one in the case of Johnson and Johnson and two for the others — waited for a period of 14 days after being fully vaccinated.
In April, the ministry said people immunised with Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson vaccines abroad will also enjoy the same exemption.