HIA implements new arrival procedures to enter Qatar Aug 14, 2020 0 4400 12345 Tribune News NetworkDohaWith the COVID-19 restrictions being gradually lifted in Qatar, the Hamad International Airport (HIA) is implementing modified procedures for arriving passengers. The airport has customised its procedures based on the categorisation of arriving passengers to ensure a smooth return to the country.The categories are: Group 1: Qatari citizens, their spouses and children, permanent residency holders; Group 2: Vulnerable passengers that have certain identified medical conditions or are aged 55 and above; Group 3: Passengers arriving from low-risk countries; and Group 4: Passengers arriving from high-risk countries.As per the procedures, all arriving passengers will be thermally screened at the airport. Passengers must have the Ehteraz mobile application downloaded and installed on a smartphone which requires a SIM card. Volunteers are available to help set up the Ehteraz app for the passengers. Smartphones and SIM cards are also available for purchase at the airport.All passengers must also fill out a health assessment form and sign a quarantine pledge agreement, preferably filled prior to arrival into Doha and submitted upon arrival.Passengers arriving from ‘high-risk countries’ will proceed to immigration after they present their hotel booking to the immigration officer.Once all arrival formalities have been completed, passengers will be transported to their quarantine hotel with Discover Qatar.All other arriving passengers will be diverted to designated airport testing facilities where they will receive swab tests. Once testing is complete, passengers will proceed to immigration. Those passengers can use private transportation to their home quarantine. The airport’s taxis are also available.HIA has planned and executed comprehensive COVID-19 safety procedures, keeping every passenger journey in mind whether they are arriving, departing, or transiting through the five-star airport.To ensure the health and wellbeing of its staff and passengers, HIA introduced a series of unprecedented measures including the implementation of robotics and advanced thermal screening helmets.The five-star airport is keen on the safety of its passengers and employees and is continuously cleaning and disinfecting all high- contact areas every 10-15 minutes. Hand sanitisers are also readily available for passengers at key locations across the airport. The airport maintains 1.5m social distancing across all passenger touchpoints around the airport, through floor markings, signage, and distance seating.Airport customises procedures to ensure a smooth return of people to the country RELATED ARTICLES All public schools must adopt e-learning: Ministry Aug 14, 2020 0 3504 Qatar Airways leads int’l travel recovery (PG 12 ) Aug 14, 2020 0 3550 Qatar sends more aid to Lebanon Aug 14, 2020 0 3530 COVID-19 recoveries reach 110,957 Qatar on Thursday recorded 343 new COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Public Health has said. Also, 330 people recovered from the virus, bringing the total recoveries to 110,957. (TNN) Phase 4 of lifting COVID-19 curbs may be delayed if cases surge: Dr Al Khal Tribune News Network Doha If the COVID-19 infection rate in Qatar increases, the government may delay the Phase 4 of lifting the COVID-19 restrictions, a senior health official has said. “We are mid-way through the Phase .. FM, US official review efforts to combat terrorism Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani on Thursday met with Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the US State Department Ambassador Nathan A Sales, who is .. Civil Defence contains fire at Old Al-Ghanim The Civil Defence has contained a huge fire that broke out in a building in Old Al-Ghanim. There were no casualties. “The Civil Defence contains a fire in a building in the old Al-Ghanim area without casualties,” the .. Israel, UAE to normalise ties with US-brokered deal Israel and the UAE have reached an agreement — brokered by the US — to work towards a “full normalisation of relations”, a deal slammed by the Palestinians who called it a “treacherous stab in the back”. Under the agreement ..