Qatar will resume granting family and tourist entrance visas on July 12 in accordance with updated travel and return procedures and based on COVID-19 recommendations from the health ministry, the interior ministry announced on Twitter on Thursday.
The new entrance policies, according to the health ministry, include providing a COVID-19 PCR test and categorizing countries into three categories that will decide quarantine measures.
Only vaccinated and recovered cases would be allowed entry for family visits, businessmen, and tourists, including GCC citizens who do not have Qatari ID numbers.
All persons wishing to go overseas would be required to obtain a travel permit, while unvaccinated visitors visiting areas not designated as green will need to book their institutional quarantine before leaving Qatar, according to the health ministry.
Passengers transiting through Qatar will be required to submit a COVID-19 PCR test, while fully vaccinated newcomers will be required to submit an anti-bodies test upon arrival to assess whether they need to be institutionally quarantined.
Citizens and residents who arrive with symptoms will be required to home-quarantine according to the instructions of the onsite medical team.
Qatar is one of the top 10 countries in the world in terms of the percentage of people who have completed their vaccinations, indicating that the new rules will go smoothly, according to the health ministry.