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Posted On: 13 August 2020 06:19 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 09:12 am

COVID-19: MOPH releases new list of low risk countries

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The Ministry of Public Health updated its website with the new list of countries classified as low risk of COVID-19. This change will come into effect starting August 15, 2020. The Government Communications Office announced on its Twitter account August 11 at 11:15 pm.

The Ministry also emphasized that "one week stay in the low-risk country from the traveling date is required for consideration for low-risk country exemption. In the event that the traveler stays less than one week in a low-risk country, they must follow the policies applied to arrivals coming from outside the low-risk country."

"As the State of Qatar continues to implement its travel policies, the list of low-risk countries has been updated based on public health indicators in Qatar and around the world. Changes will come into effect on Saturday, 15 August."

List of Countries Classified Low Risk of COVID-19

  1. Brunei Darussalam
  2. Thailand
  3. China
  4. New Zealand
  5. Vietnam
  6. Malaysia
  7. South Korea
  8. Cuba
  9. Hungary
  10. Finland
  11. Latvia
  12. Estonia
  13. Norway
  14. Italy
  15. Lithuania
  16. Greece
  17. Slovakia
  18. Ireland
  19. Germany
  20. Slovenia
  21. Japan
  22. Denmark
  23. Cyprus
  24. United Kingdom
  25. Canada
  26. Turkey (Click here to see accredited health centers in Turkey)
  27. Poland
  28. Austria
  29. Algeria
  30. Netherlands
  31. Iceland
  32. France
  33. Croatia
  34. Switzerland
  35. Morocco
  36. Australia
  37. Malta
  38. Portugal
  39. Czech Republic
  40. Sweden
COVID-19 Low risk countries as of August 15 MOPH Qatar
Image source: GCO Qatar

Travel and Quarantine Policy for Low-Risk Countries

According to the quarantine and travel policy announced by GCO last July 22, arrivals to the State of Qatar from low-risk countries are required to:

  • take a Coronavirus test upon arrival at the airport,
  • to sign a formal pledge to adhere to quarantine at home for a week, noting that the traveler's status on the Ehteraz application will be yellow, which means that they are required to quarantine.
  • After the week has elapsed, the traveler must go to one of the dedicated health centers to get another Coronavirus test.
    • If the result is positive, the traveler will be transferred to isolation,
    • if it is negative, the quarantine period ends at the end of that week and the traveler’s status on the Ehteraz application will change to green.
  • If there are accredited COVID-19 testing centers in one of these low-risk countries, obtaining a COVID-free certificate from one of these centers exempts the traveler 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 traveling.

      COVID-19 Testing Centers in Turkey​

      1. ​Ankara Sehir hospital.
      2. Yesilkoy Murat Dilmener Emergency Hospital.
      3. Basaksehir Cam ve Sakura Sehir hospital.
      4. Kartal Dr. Litfi Kirdar hospital​.​​
      5. Sakarya Üniversitesi Eğitim Ve Araştırma Hastanesi.

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

Source: Ministry of Public Health, Government Communications Office