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Travellers to Qatar now need compulsory insurance from a Doha-based company

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Anyone travelling on Qatar Airways in recent months will have noticed that the airline requires you to present travel insurance documents at check in, even if connecting.

This came as a surprise to my wife last October, who ended up calling me in Dubai from Heathrow Terminal 4 check in asking for her paperwork – luckily I could generate a certificate from the Amex Platinum website within 5 minutes and email it to her.

The situation has now taken a rather silly turn. As of 1st February, anyone entering Qatar (transit passengers are excluded) is required to have travel insurance issued by a company based in Qatar.

New slippery insurance rules for travel to Qatar

Handily, the nine recommended companies – see here – all sell identical policies at an identical price (50 Riyals, around £11).

I am flying to Doha on Monday and was obliged to buy a policy. I picked Doha Insurance Group on the basis of it having the prettiest logo. The good news is that the form is very quick to fill in (they’re not bothered about your medical history etc) and my insurance certificate arrived instantly by email.

To be fair …. £11 for full medical health insurance – with no restrictions if you have pre-existing conditions – is a great price.

If you don’t have travel insurance and are travelling to Doha with no onward connections, it will probably save you money if you are only bothered about medical cover. It’s only a problem if you already have insurance, since you are forced to pay again.

Comments (116)

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  • Erico1875 says:

    It’s amazing how much outrage can be caused for £11.
    They could add £20 onto a fare and no one would even notice

  • Em says:

    I travel with Qatar in Nov’22 and they did not ask for insurance. What they ask me for was a return ticket for 30 days as i was returning with them in 59 days. Apparently the staff ground is clueless about the immigration rules to Phillipines. At this point, considering not to travel with them anymore unless they make a fair gesture.

  • Jim Bunce says:

    Morning Folks! Friend of mine travelled to Laos yesterday with Qatar, Edinburgh – Doha – Bangkok – Laos, I advised her regarding the extra Insurance requirement. At check-in, nothing was said regarding this, she didn’t buy any additional insurance prior to travelling, also nothing was said as she transited Doha.

  • Mike mairangi says:

    My wife and i are returning to UK from BKK via Doha next week. It sounds as though Rob’s wife’s issue was at initial check in.
    I have a Barclays annual policy but there is no actual certificate and there is nowhere on the website to get one, unlike Amex, and the underwriters don’t seem to answer the phone!
    Sounds as though enforcement is low but it clearly can happen but I suppose safety says spend 11 quid each for peace of mind? It’s a pretty nominal sum…
    We flew from BKK to SIN on this trip and found the BKK check in surprisingly officious and they wanted to see a Singapore exit flight ticket!

    • Rob says:

      If you’re not entering Doha, you don’t need the Doha policy.

      • StYbars says:

        thank you very much
        This will in fact be the 4th middle of the night transfer since October! – and no problems so far
        PS I very much appreciate your excellent and comprehensive articles

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