Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates

Last updated: November 30, 2020


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 
  • 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.


Qatar Travel Policy

Residents who travel after November 29, 2020, 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. Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to print the permit.

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. 

Details about the provisions, requirements, and exemptions related to quarantine and pre-arrival Covid-19 testing are outlined in this sample permit. 

It is recommended that travelers complete a Covid-19 test at an accredited testing center 48-hours before arrival in Qatar. Anyone who has not completed the test will be tested on arrival. All 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.

Updates on Northwestern Qatar Policies

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

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • 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 – 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. 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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