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Qatar relaxes its insurance requirements for entry

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Back in February, Qatar tweaked its entry rules to require all travellers to hold compulsory insurance from a Doha-based insurance company. You can read Rob’s initial article on the change here.

It has now softened its stance a little:

In addition to the visitors’ health insurance policies issued by insurance companies registered with the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), visitors’ health insurance policies issued by MOPH approved international insuranc​e companies​ are also accepted.

Qatar loosens insurance rules

In a truly helpful fashion, Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health does not confirm which international insurance companies are on its approved list. Neither does the FAQ on its website, which despite having a section on the subject simply reiterates that such a list exists, without providing a link to it. Let me know if you are able to find one.

Nonetheless, there are a couple of requirements that all international insurers need to comply with:

  • coverage must include Qatar
  • the policy must be valid for the duration of stay
  • the policy must cover emergency healthcare with a minimum limit of QAR 150,000 (c. £35,000) with no excess
  • the policy must cover Covid-19 with a limit of QAR 50,000 (c. £12,000)
  • physical printed proof of coverage must be presented on demand

Clearly, Qatar isn’t trying to make it easy to purchase non-Qatari insurance and for an easy life you may want to double up and buy one of the Qatar-approved policies anyway – the cost is 50 Riyals (£11).

You can read the official page here.

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