Yesterday, Monday, the Qatari Ministry of Public Health announced the imposition of a compulsory health quarantine for those coming from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, which comes as part of its measures to combat the emerging corona (Covid 19).

“The decision includes those coming to Qatar on a direct trip or via other (transit) countries, due to the emergence of a new strain of Corona virus in India and to preserve public health in the country,” the ministry said in a statement.

The procedures also include examining the Corona virus with BCR technology 48 hours before departure from a health center accredited by the local health authority in the country from which the traveler presents and proves that he is free of the virus,” the statement said.

He added, “In the event the arrivals need to undergo another examination to meet the requirements of the travel destination, they can conduct the examination at Hamad International Airport, for a fee of 300 Qatari riyals for each examination. All arrivals from those countries will be subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine in the facilities designated for this.”

He stressed that the Ministry is closely monitoring the situation and takes the necessary measures in accordance with the public health indicators in Qatar and the rest of the world, stressing the need not to be complacent in following the precautionary measures in order to preserve the health and safety of everyone.