Qatar mandates 7-day quarantine for unvaccinated travelers from Vietnam
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People are seen at Hamad International Airport, in Doha, Qatar, January 11, 2021. Photo by Reuters/Ibraheem Al Omari.
Qatar has placed Vietnam in its yellow travel list of 87 countries and territories unvaccinated visitors from where need to undergo seven-day hotel quarantine on arrival.
Under updated travel policies that take effect Monday, visitors then have to take a PCR test on the sixth day.
Al Sharq newspaper reported however that people who got two shots of a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization are exempt from quarantine, and would take an anti-bodies test on arrival.
They must furnish a negative PCR test certificate from an accredited health center in the country of departure valid for 72 hours after arrival.
This also applies to visitors who are not vaccinated.
Qatar is resuming issue of family and tourist entry visas on Monday.
Egypt also updated entry rules, requiring vaccinated passengers from high-risk countries impacted by the highly transmissible Delta variant, including Vietnam, to undergo a rapid PCR test on arrival. Those testing positive will be transferred to a medical facility as a precaution.
Around four million of Vietnam's 96 million people have got shots, with nearly 280,000 of them getting both doses. The government targets vaccinating 70 percent of the population by April 2022.
With the country struggling to contain the Delta variant, several countries including Sri Lanka, Oman, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia have banned entry from Vietnam.
Its containment of Covid was a global success story until late April until the fourth wave began.