The first phase of the mandatory Health Insurance Scheme in Qatar came into effect on 1 February 2023. As of this date, international visitors must have a health insurance policy before entering the State of Qatar.
The ILoveQatar.net (ILQ) team is here to tell you more about what visitor health insurance covers, how much it costs, and why you should consider Qatar Insurance Company (QIC) as your insurance company of choice.
The mandatory visitor's health insurance policy is an insurance cover that allows visitors in Qatar to benefit from extensive financial protection in case of emergency medical treatments or emergency medical assistance in Qatar.
It also covers the visitor's medical expenses in case of getting ill in Qatar due to a COVID-19 infection and the repatriation costs from Qatar to the insured's home country in the event of their passing.
At Qatar Insurance Company, the premium for a visitor's health insurance is fixed at QR 50 for a policy valid for 30 days.
If the visitor wishes to stay in Qatar for longer than 1 month, they can purchase another insurance policy valid for 30 days for each month they extend their stay in Qatar.
There is no age limit on getting a QIC's health insurance; travellers of all ages, including senior visitors, can get it.
In addition to being one of the oldest and one of the most trusted insurance companies in Qatar, Qatar Insurance Company (QIC) is also one of the leading digital insurance companies, offering customers the ability to be in full control of all their insurance needs all the time and from anywhere in the world.
QIC brings upscaled online insurance experiences for visitors, offering a fast option to get their mandatory health insurance in Qatar in just 2 clicks.
International visitors can get a fully-digital visitors' health insurance policy in less than 2 minutes on qic.online and from anywhere in the world before their trip into the country.
QIC's online platform also offers visitors the possibility of adding up to 5 friends, relatives, or travel companions under their mandatory health insurance policy.
The steps are as follows:
Health insurance is a mandatory requirement for all those planning to visit Qatar.
QIC now offers a special mandatory health insurance plan exclusively for visitors with a Hayya Card, and the policy is valid for up to 1 year.
For a hassle-free experience, Qatar Insurance Company offers comprehensive insurance customer support service in Qatar.
This service is available in 6 languages: Arabic, English, Hindi, Urdu, Farsi, and Punjabi.
QIC's contact centre can be reached via the hotline at +974 8000 742 or WhatsApp at +974 5000 0742.
Many people still prefer to go in person to buy insurance due to personal attention and interaction; therefore, Qatar Insurance Company has 10 branches in key locations across the country.
The branch locations include major shopping malls and main business areas where customers can inquire about visitors' health insurance, buy their policies, and submit claims.
Cover image credit: Qatar Insurance Company
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