Discover Qatar continues to ensure that returning travellers to Qatar are quarantined in a safe environment, having taken bookings this March for 85,000 guests in 60 hotels and Mekaines locations.

Working to constantly increase capacity, the monthly number of returning guests is more than double the number who quarantined in November, as additional available quarantine facilities become available. While capacity continues to grow, guests are recommended to book early to secure the property and budget of their choice.

The ongoing commitment to allow over 385,000 people so far to return safely to Qatar, while protecting public health, has seen a determined effort by many stakeholders to deliver a world-class quarantine programme that has been in operation for eight months.

The stringent hotel quarantine requirements continue to protect Qatar and its residents while relieving the burden on medical staff and facilities by safeguarding against any COVID-19 outbreaks. The flexible model of quarantine without the need for a hard border closure has assisted the local economy by allowing daily life to continue while taking sensible precautions.

Welcome Home packages

Discover Qatar’s Welcome Home hotel quarantine package prices start from as low as QAR2,300, providing economical options that allow an affordable quarantine experience.

Included in the package are three meals per day on a full board basis, a PCR test and a one-way transfer from Hamad International Airport upon arrival.

These cost-effective prices allow guests to choose from over 60 hotels across three-, four- and five-star properties, while two- and three-bedroom villas are available for larger families. This compares favourably to other countries where no hotel choice is available or the pricing is fixed.

Mekaines packages meanwhile, start from QAR1,820 and include a mobile phone with SIM card.

24/7 support 

The Discover Qatar call centre now has over 55 dedicated Arabic speakers, increasing to 95 in early April, all providing 24/7 support. The Arabic version of the Discover Qatar website is undergoing final trials and is expected to be completed in April.

Refunds are also being swiftly handled with almost 13,000 Welcome Home refunds – with value amounting to US$12 million – processed so far and only a small number being validated with the hotels to confirm eligibility. Close to 50,000 Mekaines refunds have been processed – amounting to US$11 million – with any outstanding requests to be fully acted on by early April.

According to Qatar’s travel and return policy, people coming from the green list countries are required to undergo home quarantine while those arriving from countries not mentioned in the green list must undergo hotel quarantine.

Quarantine packages have to be purchased from the Discover Qatar website and the list of countries is updated periodically and is available on the Ministry of Public Health website. The MoPH had also recently announced that fully vaccinated citizens and residents of Qatar are now exempt from quarantine requirements after travel abroad for a period of six months.

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