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Posted On: 13 November 2020 09:35 pm
Updated On: 13 November 2020 10:11 pm

[UPDATED] COVID-19: MOPH releases new list of low risk countries; 26 countries removed

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UPDATE: 13 November 2020, 9:34 pm

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in a Tweet announced that taking into account the circumstances of travellers currently outside Qatar, it has been decided to postpone the new update of the green list of countries for COVID-19 until midnight November 20th instead of November 15th.

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The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) updated its website with the new list of countries classified as low risk of COVID-19. This change will come into effect starting Sunday 15th November, 2020.

Image source: MoPH website

New list of Countries Classified Low Risk of COVID-19

1. Brunei Darussalam
2. Thailand
3. China (A. Hong Kong SAR – China, B. Macau SAR – China)
4. New Zealand
5. Vietnam
6. Malaysia
7. South Korea
8. Finland
9. ​Latvia​
10. ​Estonia
11. Norway
12. Greece
13. ​Japan
14. Canada
15. Turkey
16. Australia
17. ​Sweden
18. ​Maldives
19. Mexico
20. Singapore
21. Chile
22. ​Iran
23. Mauritius

Home quarantine for a week after arriving can be chosen by travellers arriving from a low-risk country. Other travellers coming from a country not on the MoPH updated list must quarantine at a government-approved hotel for a week, and then at home for another week.

The list of low-risk countries will be reviewed every two weeks, as always. If the traveller obtains a COVID-free certificate from one of the accredited COVID-19 testing centres in one of these low-risk countries, they are exempted from taking the test at the airport upon arrival in the country, provided that the date of obtaining the certificate does not exceed 48 hours before travelling.

Please also note that arrivals from countries that are not included in the list of low-risk countries and in which COVID-19 testing centres have been accredited are required to obtain a virus-free certificate no more than 48 hours before travelling.

Check out the guidelines for home quarantine as per MOPH Qatar.

Source: MOPH