Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates

The Qatar government has announced a plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions. More details can be found here. 

As of July 12, 2021. the exceptional entry permit for those coming to Qatar will no longer be required for residents who departed less than six months ago. Registering through the Ehteraz website at least 12 hours before travel and upload any required official documents is optional for residents.

The updated policy continues to require a valid negative PCR test result within 72 hours of arrival to Qatar and a hotel booking through the Discover Qatar website for those who are subject to hotel quarantine
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

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 required that travelers complete a Covid-19 test at an accredited testing center 72-hours before arrival in Qatar.
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:

  • The Qatar Foundation is requiring vaccinations for anyone entering buildings in education City, including Northwestern Qatar unless you have a health condition that does not allow - based on a medical report – you to be vaccinated. If you are not vaccinated, you will be required to carry out a rapid antigen test that is accredited by the Ministry of Public Health weekly. Tests can be carried out at MoPH-accredited testing centers listed at this link. At this stage, employees are to cover the cost of the test. To enter the Northwestern Qatar building you will be required to present your negative test result.

  •  If you have been vaccinated, but your Ehteraz app status does not reflect this, you will be required to present your vaccination card or certificate to gain entry. 

  • Students and alumni can use the reservation system (WebCheckout) to reserve production facilities, computer labs, study rooms, and library study space.

  • A hybrid instruction model will be activated for the summer sessions.

 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.

Qatar is implementing a phased plan lifting COVID-19 restrictions. Click here for more.

  • The gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions will happen over four phases. Phase One will begin on May 28, 2021. The second, third, and fourth phases will start from June 18, July 9, and July 30, respectively.

  • The lifting of restrictions will include allowing blended learning in schools, the opening of nurseries, beaches, and gyms at 30 percent capacity, and increasing the permitted capacity each phase. Social gatherings of up to 10 vaccinated people outdoors and five vaccinated people indoors will also be permitted in Phase One.

  • The EHTERAZ application is mandatory for all residents in Qatar. It is required for entering supermarkets, hospitals, and other outlets. For more information on the installation process, click 

  • 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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