Coronavirus Updates

October 5, 2020 All Qatar residents to get COVID-19 vaccine for free

October 1, 2020 Mandatory quarantine for all returning to Qatar

September 14, 2020 Second stage of the Fourth phase of gradual reopening begins on September 15

September 14, 2020 Ministry of Education press conference – Parents can choose either blended or online learning

September 14, 2020 Ninth MoPH press conference

September 14, 2020 New saliva based COVID-19 test for children available

August 31, 2020 Eighth MoPH press conference

August 26, 2020 Fourth phase of gradual reopening split into 2 stages. First stage begins on September 1

August 20, 2020 New school reopening plan announced with blended learning during the first semester of the next academic year

August 13, 2020 Seventh MoPH press conference

August 12, 2020 List of low-risk countries updated – changes effective August 15

July 29, 2020 List of private hospitals and clinics offering COVID-19 testing

July 26, 2020 Third phase of gradual reopening to begin on July 28

July 21, 2020 Quarantine rules for arriving travelers easedList of low-risk countries announced. Travel to low-risk countries allowed. New travel policies begin from August 1

July 21, 2020 FAHES vehicle inspections to resume operations from August 1

July 8, 2020 All commercial activities allowed to operate on Fridays & Saturdays from July 9th onwards

July 2, 2020 Sixth MoPH press conference

June 30, 2020 Entry and exit points to and from Industrial Area to be removed from July 1

June 29, 2020 All shops in malls and shopping centers allowed to operate from JulyRestaurants allowed to operate in certain tourist areas from July 1

June 28, 2020 Second phase of gradual reopening to begin on July 1

June 23, 2020 Fifth MoPH press conference

June 20, 2020 Private health care facilities allowed to conduct COVID-19 tests

June 14, 2020 First phase of gradual reopening to begin on June 15

June 11, 2020 Presentation on Qatar’s efforts in response to COVID-19

June 8, 2020 10th Press Conference by Supreme Committee for Crisis Management – English summary of phased opening plan

June 7, 2020 Green status on the Ehteraz app required to enter certain establishments – banks, medical facilities, government offices and shops

June 3, 2020 Commercial and service activities allowed from 7AM – 8PMExercise allowed away from homes and without masksUp to 4 people allowed in a car

June 2, 2020 Ehteraz app required to enter many supermarkets

May 28, 2020 New HMC guidelines to discharge asymptomatic COVID-19 patients after 14 days

May 20, 2020 Fourth MoPH press conference – English summary

May 19, 2020 Most commercial and service activities suspended till May 30 – Supermarkets, pharmacies and restaurant deliveries allowed. Ehteraz app mandatory when leaving home

May 14, 2020 Third MoPH press conference – English summary

May 14, 2020 Masks mandatory from May 17th except when driving alone

May 13, 2020 Restaurant takeout services allowed

May 12, 2020 Money exchanges to reopen

May 8, 2020 Qatar Health Minister: ‘Coronavirus rate not high, but realistic’

May 7, 2020 Second MoPH press conference – English summary

May 6, 2020 Qatar Airways planning gradual restoration of flights to suspended destinations

May 6, 2020 Reopening of Industrial area with new procedures for entry and exit – Ehteraz app required for entry

May 5, 2020 Random drive through testing for COVID-19

April 30, 2020 First MoPH press conference – English summary

April 30, 2020 Minister of Public Health Presents Qatar’s Strategy to Contain the Spread of COVID-19

April 25, 2020 New app launched (Ehteraz) to track the chain of COVID-19 transmission

April 25, 2020 Only two individuals per car allowed – exceptions for families

April 23, 2020 Mosques continue to remain closed

April 22, 2020 Masks made compulsory for shopping

April 21, 2020 Restaurant takeout services suspended – Only deliveries allowed

April 20, 2020 Summary of 9th Press Conference by Supreme Committee for Crisis Management

April 13, 2020 Advice on use of gloves and how to safely remove them

April 13, 2020 Advice on use of masks and how to safely use one

April 12, 2020 HMC pharmacy expands medication home delivery service

April 12, 2020 ID required for official mask distribution

April 9, 2020 Summary of 8th Press Conference by Supreme Committee for Crisis Management

April 8, 2020 All shops, except groceries, restaurants and pharmacies to remain closed every Friday and Saturday

April 8, 2020 Precautionary measures to follow when using home delivery services

April 2, 2020 U.S. Embassy in Qatar limits services to U.S. Citizens – Emergency citizens services (passport renewal or consular report of birth abroad) still available

April 1, 2020 Summary of 7th Press Conference by Supreme Committee for Crisis Management

April 1, 2020 Drive through COVID-19 testing station for people undergoing home quarantine following return from travel

March 30, 2020 Non-emergency medical services at private health facilities suspended

March 28, 2020 Qatar launching new remote healthcare services

March 26, 2020 Summary of 6th Press Conference by Supreme Committee for Crisis Management – Law requiring disclosure of infectious diseases, non-essential businesses shut, shop opening hours set from 6 am – 7 pm

March 25, 2020 Temporary closure of in-person money exchange and transfer service offices

March 24, 2020 Summary of 5th Press Conference by Supreme Committee for Crisis Management – updates on medical testing, facilities, and support (Qatar News Agency report)

March 24, 2020 CDC Level 3 Nonessential Travel alert for Qatar

March 21, 2020 Summary of 4th Press Conference by Supreme Committee for Crisis Management

March 21, 2020 Public gatherings prohibited by law – socializing, majlis, mourning, corniche, parks, beaches, mosque courtyard, unnecessary travel

March 19, 2020 Summary of 3rd Press Conference by Supreme Committee for Crisis Management

March 19, 2020 U.S. advises citizens to avoid all international travel

March 18, 2020 Malls, shopping centers, complex bank branches, barber/beauty salons closed – food shops, pharmacies, other bank branches open

March 18 2020 Vehicles exempted from technical inspection from March 22

March 17, 2020 Summary of 2nd Press Conference by Supreme Committee for Crisis Management

March 17, 2020 US Embassy in Doha suspends visa services – US citizen services continue

March 17, 2020 Industrial Area road closures

March 17, 2020 Suspension of congregational prayers – mosques closed

March 16, 2020 Entry flight suspension for non-Qatari travelers

March 16, 2020 Public transportation service suspended – metro, bus, taxi, & Karwa

March 16, 2020 Sidra Medicine – scheduling changes

March 15, 2020 Restaurant dine-in suspended – delivery & takeout services only

March 15, 2020 Clubs, lounges, health facilities closed

March 12, 2020 Parks/play places closed