The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has released an update to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine protocol and testing. The Ministry of Public Health has made it mandatory for all travelers coming to the State of Qatar to undergo a COVID-19 test at a medical center accredited by the local Ministry of Health in the country they come from within 72 hours before their arrival in Qatar.
The new protocol will go into effect on Sunday, April 25, 2021.
The Ministry explained that a recovered COVID-19 patient who had contact with a person infected or suspected of having the disease but did not display signs of infection would be exempted from quarantine if he has recovered from the disease according to a laboratory-confirmed result and has met the requirements after the end of health isolation. This should happen within six months of the first positive COVID-19 test result. He can also get a COVID-19 test to rule out an infection that isn’t causing him any symptoms. People who have recovered will get an extract from their health center to confirm that they were previously infected.
However, if a COVID-19 recovered individual who met the criteria for exemption from quarantine experiences symptoms that are close to COVID-19 symptoms within fourteen days of coming into contact with an infected person, he must separate himself from others and undergo a PCR test for the possibility of COVID-19 infection. He may be asked to retake the COVID-19 test if the outcome is negative and no other cause for his symptoms has been found.
The Ministry also stated that a COVID-19 recovered person would be excluded from quarantine upon his return from travel if the COVID-19 test results are negative upon entry, as long as he has recovered from the disease according to a laboratory-confirmed result within six months of confirming his illness.
Dr. Mariam Abdul Malik, Director General of the Primary Health Care Corporation and the head of the Health Tactical Command Group for Community Services emphasized that all travelers to Qatar must undergo a COVID-19 test in a medical center approved by the local Ministry of Health in their country of origin within 72 hours of their arrival, with a negative result, and that certain groups may be subjected to a COVID-19 test upon arrival at the airport, as determined by the Ministry.
The Ministry recently announced that a person who received the full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and did not develop symptoms similar to COVID-19 after contact with a person infected or suspected of having the disease will be exempted from quarantine, and will also be exempted from quarantine upon his return from travel if the COVID-19 test results are negative upon entry to the state.