Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates

Last updated: April 12, 2021 


On April 7, the Qatar government announced revised COVID-19 restrictions. More details can be found here.

Any member of the Northwestern Qatar community who is diagnosed with Covid-19 or has been exposed to someone with the virus should report this information to the university. 

  • Report your Covid-19 diagnosis or concern here (use NU-Q VPN)
  • View Northwestern Qatar’s policy on Health Screening, Sickness, and Positive Covid-19 Contact Reporting 
  • To report an emergency or concern, please contact HSSE or call +974 5584 7532

For information on accessing Northwestern Qatar's building and/or using any facilities on campus, visit this page.

Northwestern’s home campus is also providing frequent updates on its website, which includes a FAQ page. For a daily summary of global updates on the COVID-19, visit Global Rescue’s page


Qatar Travel Policy

Residents who travel will automatically receive an exceptional entry permit upon departure and requests will no longer need to be submitted through the “Qatar Portal” website. The permit can be accessed and printed from the Ministry of Interior’s website. Travelers must ensure they have a printed copy with them upon arrival. Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to print the permit.

Vaccinated travelers are exempted from quarantine if they meet the requirements listed here. All other travelers will still need to quarantine for one week, regardless of their destination. Those returning from countries on the Ministry of Public Health’s Green List can quarantine at home, while hotel quarantine will be required for anyone returning from a country not included on the list. For more information on Qatar’s travel and return policy, click here.

It is recommended that travelers complete a Covid-19 test at an accredited testing center 72-hours before arrival in Qatar. Anyone who has not completed the test will be tested on arrival. All quarantining travelers will be asked to test again on the sixth day of arrival.

Click here for a list of government-approved testing centers, which can be found in the far-right column under Health Centers.

Click here for a list of Qatar Airways authorized test labs.

Please be aware that travel policies and restrictions are changing frequently, and you should check with your airline before traveling.

Qatar’s Vaccination Program

Residents can register with the Ministry of Public Health to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Priority will be given to the elderly and those with chronic illnesses.

Click here to register.

Updates on Northwestern Qatar Policies

Northwestern Qatar has implemented the following changes to operational and academic activities until further notice:

  • In accordance with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education directive, the hybrid instruction model is now suspended.

  • All classes will be delivered virtually, effective Sunday, April 4.

  • Staff should continue to work from home unless your work requires you to be in the building.

  • All meetings should be held remotely.

  • All events will continue remotely.

  • Student access to the building is not permitted (more information regarding student access to the building will be shared soon).

  • Student travel sponsored by Northwestern Qatar is canceled through May 31, 2021.

  • Northwestern Qatar sponsored travel for faculty and staff, including business travel and professional development, is canceled through May 31, 2021.

  • Any personal travel by faculty and staff should be submitted to TACIT. Students can report their travel here.

 The Qatar Foundation has made the following changes:

  • The QF Nutrition Clinic is offering virtual consultations for patients over Microsoft Teams, to help provide tailored meal plans and healthy recipes as well as tips on boosting immunity. For more information or to book an appointment, please email 

  • The QF Primary Health Care Center (QF-PHCC) is activating telemedicine consultations, where appointments with patients will be conducted via phone. Patients should call QF-PHCC on 44541240 or 44541244, or email, to book an appointment. 

  • Education City is now accessible through Gates 1, 2, 6, 9, 11, 19, and the East Gate. All other gates are closed. The access points which remain open are only for staff and faculty who need to visit Education City, and for students who live in Education City.

On April 7, the Qatar government announced revised COVID-19 restrictions.

  •  The new measures include the prevention of social gatherings, stopping dine-in at restaurants and cafes, banning children under 16 years from malls and markets, and the closure of museums, libraries, cinemas, and playgrounds. Click here for more.
  • The EHTERAZ application is compulsory for all residents in Qatar. It is required for entering supermarkets, hospitals, and other outlets. For more information on the installation process, click here.

  • Qatar requires face masks when outside your home – except when you are in your car alone, and while exercising and practicing social distancing. The fines for not complying are imprisonment for up to three years and/or a fine not to exceed QR 200,000. Masks are sold at pharmacies and supermarkets in Doha.

  • Qatar launched remote healthcare services where patients can call a hotline 16000 from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. daily, to receive video or audio consultations.

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