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Qatar removes mandatory quarantine for FIFA World Cup visitors

In order to welcome travellers for the upcoming FIFA World Cup, Qatar has removed mandatory quarantine requirement for all foreign visitors to the tournament.

The country recently announced scrapping the ‘Red Risk Classification’, according to which, all travellers arriving from abroad are no longer required to undergo the hotel quarantine. Earlier, travellers from countries that were on the red list, including India, were required to undergo quarantine for one day.

Although quarantine is no longer mandatory, those testing positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Qatar, will be required to undergo quarantine measures as per the procedures followed in the country.

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. Do note that the rapid antigen self-test will not be valid for travel purposes.

Travellers also need to keep in mind that they must have the 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.

The said mobile application with health status indicated as ‘Green’ will be required to gain access to public facilities around Qatar.

Indian passport holders can apply for a visa-on-arrival for Qatar, which will be valid for 30 days. Also, 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.

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