DOHA: Health insurance has been made compulsory for all visitors to Qatar on family visit or personal visit visas, according to a new circular issued to the airline representatives by the Qatari authorities.
The circular says that “this is based on instructions from Passport Control Department regarding passengers holding family and personal visits visa”.
The health insurance comes third in the list of eight documents required to be submitted by passengers to be allowed check-in before travel to Qatar.
They eight documents are: valid family visit visa or personal visit visa; a passport valid for at least six months; health insurance for all medical expenses during the visit; confirmed return tickets valid for three months; vaccination certificate; electronic registration on the Ehteraz platform to obtain the approval of the Ministry of Public Health before travelling; obtaining approval from Ehteraz platform before arriving into the country and negative PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival.
Travel agency sources told The Doha Globe that the health insurance requirement has been added anew.
There were reports that medical insurance would be made compulsory for all travellers to Qatar.
At the same time, sources from the insurance sector in Qatar said that some of them are yet to launch medical insurance for visitors to Qatar.
“We have planned the medical insurance products for visitors and kept them ready but are yet to launch them. But those who are travelling to Qatar can take health insurance from the countries they are coming from. There are several international insurance companies offering these products,” an official at a leading insurance company in Qatar told The Doha Globe, without wanting to be identified.
The new health insurance rule is likely to create confusion among travellers as the new travel policy has several new features like Ehteraz pre-registration.
Sources said that the health insurance is not very expensive for a week or two weeks, and for example, “can cost 1,500 to 3,000 rupees in India’ for travel to Gulf countries”.