Automatic exceptional entry permit upon departure for Qatar residents traveling abroad | With effect from Sunday, 29-November

Automatic exceptional entry permit upon departure for Qatar residents traveling abroad | With effect from Sunday, 29th November 2020

In a statement announced by Government Communications Office (GCO) on 26th November 2020, it has been announced that in continuation of the procedures for gradually lifting the coronavirus restrictions imposed in the State of Qatar and based on health indicators in Qatar and internationally, and on previously announced Qatar’s travel policy, following are the changes made to the exceptional entry permit

For Residents currently in Qatar:

  • Automatic exceptional entry permits will be issued upon departure to residents who are currently in Qatar and wish to travel outside Qatar and return.
  • Residents or their employer can obtain copy of the exceptional entry permit from the Ministry of Interior’s website
  • Exceptional entry permit will now be available automatically upon resident’s exit (departure) from Qatar

For Residents currently outside of Qatar:

  • Automatic exceptional entry permit will not be available for residents who are currently outside the state of Qatar
  • Residents outside Qatar when they return to Qatar must apply for the exceptional return permit via Qatar e-governmental Portal

Quarantine Procedure:

  • Irrespective of the destination, Quarantine period will be for 1 week for those who return to the state of Qatar
  • Home quarantine will be permitted for those who arrive from countries with low risk of COVID 19 listed under “Green List” by the Ministry of Public Health’s (MoPH). Click here to find “Green List” countries.
  • Hotel quarantine for all those who arrive from countries which are not listed under “Green List”
  • For those who use shared quarantine facilities, quarantine period will be for two weeks.

The decision is based on national and international epidemiology statistics.

COVID-19 Test:

  • A Coronavirus (Covid-19) test will be conducted upon arrival if the traveler has not taken a test 48 hours before arriving in Doha by one of the Ministry of Public Health’s accredited COVID-19 testing Centers
  • On the 6th day from the date of arrival to Doha, a second Coronavirus (Covid-19) test will be conducted.
  • Until the results of the second Coronavirus (Covid-19) test is obtained, the Ehteraz app status will continue to remain yellow

These decisions will come into effect from 29th (Sunday) of November 2020. To know more visit the Ministry of Public Health’s website.

Source: GCO Qatar

 

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Expired QID | Residents with expired QID from travel banned countries can still come back to Qatar

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As per the law in the State of Qatar, residents with Qatar ID (QID) cannot stay outside Qatar for more than 6 months. Expatriates holding expired QID cannot enter Qatar with expired QID.

As a preventive measure to combat COVID-19, the State of Qatar has placed a temporary ban to enter Qatar from 18 countries. Along with Italy, temporary suspension to enter Qatar from 14 countries including India has been effective since the 9th of March 2020. France, Germany, and Spain have been added to the temporary entry suspension list later bringing the total to 18.

According to a recent announcement from the Ministry of Administrative Labour and Social Affairs, The expatriates from countries who are denied entry to Qatar over coronavirus will be allowed into the country once the entry ban is lifted even if their Qatar IDs have expired or if they have stayed more than six months out of Qatar. (Source: qatar-tribune.com)

Statement by the Government Communications Office on the temporary suspension of entry of those arriving from certain countries as a preventive measure, due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide. The decision includes the following countries: Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, and Thailand.

For any queries, or concerns related to COVID-19 in Qatar | Public can contact 24/7 hotline number 16000 (toll-free)

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Temporary suspension of entry to Qatar from 14 countries including India

Temporary suspension of entry to Qatar from 14 countries including India

Qatar has suspended entry of travellers to the country from 14 countries including India as a preventive measure due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide. This is in addition to Qatar Airways announcement regarding flights to and from Italy.

As per the press release by the Government Communications Office on 8th March 2020.

Press Release (Source: GCO – 8 March 2020)

Statement by the Government Communications Office on the temporary suspension of entry of those arriving from certain countries as a preventive measure, due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide

In addition to Qatar Airways announcement regarding flights to and from Italy, entry to the State of Qatar is temporarily suspended for all those intending to travel from certain countries, as of 9 March 2020. This decision comes as a preventive measure due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide.

The decision includes the following countries: Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria and Thailand.

This step comes in line with the State of Qatar’s efforts to take all necessary preventive measures to limit the spread of Coronavirus.

The decision affects all individuals intending to enter from these countries, including visas upon arrival, those with a residence or work permit, and temporary visitors.

The State of Qatar urges all citizens and residents to avoid all but essential travel at this time.

These precautionary measures may be subject to further updates based on the latest guidance of the national health authorities and international organisations on the spread of Coronavirus, in order to ensure the safety of all residents of the State of Qatar.

For any queries, or concerns related to COVID-19 in Qatar | Public can contact 24/7 hotline number 16000 (toll-free)

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Workers’ arrears paid in full after matter brought to government’s notice

Workers arrears paid in full after matter brought to  government’s notice

QNA Doha

The salaries of all the employees, who on August 4 staged a peaceful protest in the Sheehaniya area demanding their wages of three months, have been paid in full within two days of the matter coming to the notice of the authorities, it was announced on yesterday.

A statement issued by the Government Communications Office (GCO) said an investigation was launched immediately after the guest workers “conducted a peaceful strike in response to the non-payment of salaries by their employers in May, June and July 2019”.

Following the investigation, the authorised signatories of the two companies in question were arrested and it was found that salaries had been delayed following a period of negative cash flow at both companies, caused by non-payments elsewhere in the supply chain.

“By August 6, 2019, after consultation with all stakeholders, the outstanding salaries of all workers were paid in full through the Wage Protection System (WPS),” the GCO said.

“Workers also have the right to change their employer due to the violation of Qatar’s labour laws. The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (ADLSA) is co-ordinating with all workers who choose to exercise this legal right,” the statement said.

“The Government of Qatar is committed to improving the Wage Protection System to ensure that workers’ wages are paid on time and that wage arrears are systematically settled.”

The GCO said ADLSA continues to conduct its programme of workshops throughout Qatar to raise awareness of the complaint mechanisms in place for guest workers. “If a worker identifies a workplace violation, they are encouraged to lodge a complaint at a Government Service Center or at one of Qatar’s complaint kiosks.

“The Government of Qatar places the utmost importance on strengthening the rights of its guest workers and ensuring that all companies respect these rights and adhere to Qatar’s labour laws,” the statement added

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