Covid-19: Qatar announces new travel rule for passengers from China

New regulation to take effect from tomorrow and applies to all passengers regardless of vaccination status

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Published: Mon 2 Jan 2023, 1:46 PM

Last updated: Mon 2 Jan 2023, 2:45 PM

Qatar on Sunday (January 1) announced a new travel requirement for all travellers coming from China into the Gulf country.

The Ministry of Public Health in Qatar released a statement saying that from 6pm on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, all passengers from China must submit a negative Covid-19 PCR test result at the check-in counter. The PCR test must be taken within 48 hours of departure.

This rule applied to all passengers from China, regardless of their vaccination status. It is a temporary measure, says the Ministry, to safeguard passengers against the virus, since China is currently experience a Covid wave.

The Ministry website also lists the "general policies" in place with regards to Covid-19 and travel to Qatar:

​1. Travellers should keep themselves informed about any changes to policies through official sources and websites before planning to travel to Qatar.

2. Travellers must adhere to the measures in place in Qatar to limit the spread of Covid-19 at all times.

3. Quarantine is no longer mandatory for all travellers arriving from abroad, however, travellers who test positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Qatar must undergo self-isolation measures in accordance with the procedures followed in Qatar.

4. Citizens and residents of Qatar are no longer required to take Covid tests upon their arrival into the country.​


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