Georgia becomes ‘no-quarantine destination’ for vaccinated Qatari travelers – Doha News


Vaccinated and need a break abroad? Pack your bags and take a quick trip to one of the most amazing countries in Europe.

Fully vaccinated Qatar citizens and residents can get a taste of Europe’s most beautiful sights while visiting Georgia without needing to quarantine or show a negative PCR test, a Georgian official said.

“Qatari citizens and residents who have completed the Covid-19 vaccination (both doses) do not need any quarantine to travel to Georgia,” Georgian Ambassador to Qatar Nikoloz Revazishvili told local press The Peninsula.

“Many people have been fully vaccinated, which means they will be able to travel safely,” the ambassador said.

Those who wish to visit the country and hold valid Qatari ID can obtain a visa upon arrival, the official added. During this time, vaccinated parents traveling with their children are only required to present a negative PCR test for their accompanying children.

“A quarantine-free journey from Qatar to Georgia is in place for vaccinated citizens and expatriates. The visa is also not required. If you have a vaccination certificate showing that you have received two shots of the vaccine, it will be a no-quarantine destination for you, ”the ambassador said.

Before the start of the pandemic, Qatar Airways hosted three daily flights between Qatar and Georgia. However, this has been reduced to a daily flight between the two countries, although more are expected to fly soon.

“We are working with Qatar Airways to fly to another Georgian city, Batumi, which is a very popular tourist destination,” the ambassador said.

“After the pandemic, we need to get back to normal life, relaxing travel restrictions. Thanks to the Qatari government for running a perfect vaccination program.

Spain opens

Earlier this month, Spain opened its borders to fully vaccinated visitors and retrieved people from Qatar, the Gulf state embassy in Madrid said.

The European nation has also reopened its ports to cruise ship stopovers in a bid to slowly return to normal and revive tourism, with some restrictions in mind for security measures.

European visitors can also enter the country if they provide a negative PCR test to prove they are free from the virus, Spanish authorities added.

Those wishing to enter Spain will need to provide an official vaccination certificate proving that they have received the full course of the Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel.

Those who have recovered are also allowed entry, given that they provide documents proving that they have overcome the Covid-19 virus in the past six months.

Certificates can be in Spanish, English, French or German, or translated into Spanish, the government said.

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson – as well as two Chinese vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization – Sinopharm and Sinovac – are all accepted.

To ensure safety, travelers to Spain are required to complete a health control form before departure through an official agent. website by downloading the ‘SpTIL-Ilealth Travel -Spain’ application.

The Spanish authorities have set themselves the goal of welcoming between 14.5 and 15.5 million visitors between July and September after a long period of containment of the Covid-19 on tourism.

France also announced earlier in June the reopening of its borders from June 9 for travelers from Doha fully vaccinated and holding a valid visa, amid a notable drop in Covid-19 cases in both countries. .

“As of June 9, Qatari travelers or travelers from third countries from Qatar, if they already have a fully valid visa and are otherwise fully vaccinated, can return to France without quarantine on arrival”, announced the French Embassy in a Twitter post, adding that it is working on reopening visa services in the coming weeks.

“On departure from Qatar, presentation of evidence of a complete vaccination cycle – 2 weeks after the second injection of the Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, 4 weeks after the injection of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 2 weeks after the ‘Single injection for those with a history of Covid-19 is required,’ the embassy said.

In addition, arrivals must present a negative PCR test performed no more than 72 hours, or a negative antigen test no more than 48 hours, before their arrival.

The second wave is coming to an end

In Qatar, the number of daily reported Covid-19 cases has dropped dramatically in recent weeks, with health officials assuring the country is on the verge of ending its second wave.

For several weeks, the Ministry of Public Health has reported less than 200 cases in total per day, a drop of 70% since April of this year. Authorities reported just 147 new cases on Saturday, including 70 community cases while the rest were returning travelers.

215 people have also recovered in the past 24 hours, the ministry said.

The number of acute hospital admissions and those requiring an intensive care unit has also declined significantly in recent weeks, putting enormous pressure on the health sector across the country.

Currently, the total number of active cases in the country is 2,339.

With fewer people now requiring hospital admissions for virus symptoms, Al Wakra and Ras Laffan Covid-19 hospitals have now released their last coronavirus patients and returned to normal services.

The recent drop in numbers can also be attributed to the availability of more vaccines as well as the opening of more vaccination centers, which has allowed the country to exponentially accelerate its national vaccination campaign.

So far, 66.6% of Qatar’s eligible population have taken at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and more than one million people in Qatar are now fully vaccinated. According to statistics published by the Ministry of Health, more than 2.6 million doses of vaccines have been administered since the start of the vaccination campaign.

In early May, the Qatar Ministry of Public Health [MoPH] and the Ministry of Trade and Industry presented a four-phase plan for the gradual lifting of restrictions following a significant drop in daily Covid-19 infections in the community.

The new regulations provide for the authorization of five vaccinated people to assemble indoors, 10 outdoors and the opening of salons and barbers at a capacity of 30% only for vaccinated staff and clients.

The second phase of the lifting of restrictions is expected on June 18.

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