Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates

This webpage provides the latest information about Northwestern University in Qatar’s actions to respond to the spread of the coronavirus.

Any member of the NU-Q 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 NU-Q's policy on Health Screening, Sickness, and Positive Covid-19 Contact Reporting here.
  • To report an emergency or concern, please contact HSSE or call +974 5584 7532. 

For information on accessing NU-Q's building and/or using any facilities on campus, visit our Return to Campus 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.



July 1, 2020:

  • On July 1, the Qatari government launched Phase 2 of lifting the Covid-19 restrictions: 
    • Please note that the government has announced a revision in the number of people allowed to gather in public and private settings, from 10 to a maximum of five people.
    • All parks and beaches, as well as the corniche, will be reopened for people of all ages while continuing to practice social distancing. Play areas will remain closed.
    • Restaurants will be allowed to reopen with limited capacity.
    • Libraries and museums will reopen with limited capacity and working hours.
  • Any individuals returning to Qatar after August 1, 2020, will need to abide by the Qatari government rules, which includes obtaining pre-approval and booking a welcome package that includes a 14-day quarantined stay. More information 



NU-Q has implemented the following changes to operational and academic activities until further notice:

  • NU-Q's summer sessions - including pre-university programs - will be online.
  • Student travel sponsored by NU-Q is canceled through December 31, 2020.
  • NU-Q sponsored travel for faculty and staff, including business travel and professional development, is canceled through December 31, 2020.
  • Any personal travel by faculty and staff should be submitted to TACIT, and students can report their travel here.
  • The U.S. Government has announced a Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel. It is advising US citizens to return home. Due to the uncertainty of travel in the coming months, you may want to review your travel plans and notify the dean of any changes.

 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 certain gates until further notice. The open gates are: 1, 2, 6, 9, 11, 19, and the East Gate. All other gates are now 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 has announced several initiatives to address the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These include: 

  • A series of preventative measures and a phased approach on lifting the COVID-19 restrictions. More information and FAQs here. 
  • The government amended the approved working hours for private-sector employees (on-site) from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • 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 will be requiring face masks for citizens and residents at all times when you are outside your home – with the exception of being 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's Minister of Public Health, Dr. Hanan Mohamed al-Kuwari, recently spoke to Al Jazeera about the nation's efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the interview here.
  • 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. The service covers urology, cardiology, orthopedics, general medicine, general surgery, dermatology, ENT, OBGYN, dental and pediatrics. Medication will be delivered through Qatar Post.
  • Supermarkets and hypermarkets will remain open with further limitations applied.   
  • All public transportation (metro and Karwa buses) has been stopped until further notice.

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