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February 9, 2023

Qatar announces new insurance requirement for visitors and extension of Hayya Cards

On January 28, the Qatari Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) announced that all visitors must have a health insurance policy issued by a locally approved vendor to enter Qatar. In addition, on January 31, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) announced that all Hayya Cards are extended until January 24, 2024. Individuals who apply for new visitor visas or to extend their existing ones will be automatically redirected to the MoPH website during the online application process. They must choose a vendor from the available list of approved insurance companies, select a policy that covers their duration of stay in Qatar and pay a health insurance premium each month. They will be eligible to obtain a visa only after the vendor issues the insurance policy.

A Tax Alert prepared by EY's People Advisory Services group, and attached below, provides additional details.


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