The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on immigration in Qatar, as it has in many countries around the world. Here are a few key ways in which the pandemic has affected immigration in Qatar:
Travel Restrictions: Qatar, like many other countries, has implemented travel restrictions in response to the pandemic. This has affected the ability of people to enter and exit the country, and has led to the suspension of many visa services. As of March 2023, Qatar requires all visitors to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival and undergo a quarantine period of 2-7 days depending on their vaccination status and country of origin.
Suspension of In-Person Services: In an effort to limit the spread of the virus, many immigration services in Qatar have been suspended or moved online. This includes visa services, medical examinations, and biometric data collection. As of March 2023, the government is still encouraging the use of online services as much as possible.
Delayed Processing Times: As a result of the pandemic, many immigration processes in Qatar have experienced delays. This includes the processing of visas, residence permits, and other immigration-related documents.