Travellers arriving in Qatar from China will be requested to provide a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours of departure.

The testing requirement to take effect from Tuesday is imposed on all travellers regardless of vaccination status.

Last month, Beijing abruptly began dismantling its “zero-Covid” containment policy of lockdowns and mass testing, after a series of protests.

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As Covid overwhelms Chinese hospitals and crematoriums, officials have insisted that the wave is “under control” despite acknowledging that the true scale of infections is “impossible” to track.

Australia’s health minister on Sunday said Beijing’s lack of “comprehensive information” about Covid cases is the reason behind the travel requirement.

He said the move will “safeguard Australia from the risk of potential new emerging variant.”

In recent days, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan have also imposed either a negative Covid test requirement or testing upon arrival for travellers from China.


Nigerian human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has called on the Nigerian government to also impose test requirements.


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