The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has issued a set of guidelines for home quarantine for anyone returning to Qatar.
Anyone who has received a negative COVID-19 test in the 48 hours before coming back to the country can quarantine at home.
Others will have to quarantine at government-approved hotels for a period of one week (as long as a negative test result is returned after landing in Doha).
“For home quarantine, people have to stay at home in a room with an attached bathroom separated from other family members. They should avoid any contact with other family members and don’t allow visitors. They must use a phone to contact others and must not leave home and, in the event of a medical emergency, call 999,” says Dr Muna al-Maslamani, medical director of the Communicable Disease Center and assistant head of the Infectious Diseases Division – Medicine Department at Hamad Medical Corporation.
She adds: “Only one member of the family should be allowed to provide care to the quarantined person. The caregiver should wear a face mask and gloves while entering the room and should dispose of the mask and gloves and wash their hands immediately after leaving the room. A distance of at least 1.5m shall be maintained at all times.”
Anyone returning to the country who is able to home quarantine must sign a declaration to say they have the necessary space and are able to abide by the rules.