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.


Lifting of Coronavirus Restrictions in Qatar 

 The Supreme Committee for Crisis Management announced the fourth phase of lifting the COVID-19 restrictions will be split into two phases. The first phase begins on September 1, and the second begins on September 15. 

Qatar Travel Policy

The Qatar government has issued travel policies effective August 1, 2020. Details on that policy – which are subject to change – can be found here.

Residents are required to receive authorization before returning to Qatar. Currently, the wait time between applying for authorization and receiving approval is at least one month. The Qatar Foundation is assisting faculty and staff sponsored by QF. For those not sponsored by QF, including dependents, more information can be found here.

If you plan to leave the country please inform HR and provide your dates of departure and return, and the country you will be traveling from when you return to Qatar. Northwestern Qatar will work with QF to arrange for authorization for your return.

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

Qatar Airways

As of August 13, Qatar Airways will require passengers traveling from specific airports to present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR medical test result that has been issued within 72 hours prior to departure from laboratories that are approved by Qatar Airways.

The airline is also requiring pre-departure health forms from certain destinations.

Details on its policies can be found on the Qatar Airways website.

Updates on Northwestern Qatar Policies:

September 24, 2020:

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

  • Student travel sponsored by Northwestern Qatar is canceled through December 31, 2020.

  • Northwestern Qatar 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 NU-Q HR should be notified. Students can report their travel here.

  • Information and resources on the phased return to campus plan can be found 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 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.

The Qatar government announced a phased approach to lifting the COVID-19 restrictions that can be found here. These include the following guidelines:

  • On September 8, the government of Qatar announced a revision on the policy for resuming operations at gymnasiums. These changes include:

    • Limiting capacity to 30 percent
    • Checking the temperature and Ehteraz status of members and staff
    • Maintaining a social distance of at least three meters
    • Stopping any group exercises, and limiting personal training to one person at a time while respecting social distancing guidelines
  • 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 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.

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