The Indian national team will travel to Qatar next week to compete in the final three World Cup qualifiers for 2022. Goal.com guarantees that the players will not be subjected to a 10-day rough quarantine upon arrival in Qatar and will be able to begin training immediately.

The team will, however, stay in a bio-secure bubble and must adhere to the organizers’ guidelines to the letter.

Indian Football News | Quarantine Rules:

For travelers arriving from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines, the following steps are in place, whether they are flying directly or passing through other countries (transit):

  • All passengers with an origin flight from one of the above countries are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours before departure at testing centers licensed by their local health authority.
  •  Knowing that someone who does not have a clear Negative PCR certificate would not be allowed to board the flight to Qatar.
  • Both arrivals from those countries must spend ten days in a dedicated quarantine facility or fourteen days if quarantined at Mekhaines.
  • For travelers arriving from these areas, home quarantine requirements do not apply. This includes certificates based on vaccine or rehabilitation from prior infection with the virus during the previous six months.
  • Within one day of arrival, all arrivals from those countries shall undergo a second COVID-19 PCR test. The test will take place at the quarantine plant. Knowing that the PCR test will be repeated during the quarantine phase and until it ends. ​​
  • All passengers transiting via Qatar must undergo the mandatory pre-travel PCR test outlined in point 1. If they need a second PCR test for their onward destination, they can do so at Hamad International Airport. The standard fee for the test is QAR 300/- per test.

Second Quarantine Law

​The second law, has been relaxed. The relaxation was given after discussions between the AIFF, QFA, as well as consultation with Qatar’s Ministry of Health. 

Before they convene in Delhi, the national team players must deliver a COVID-19 negative test result. Then another test will be performed since a negative test result 48 hours before the journey to Doha is needed.

It is thought that not only India but also Bangladesh, have had their rough quarantine in Doha lifted.

On June 3, the Blues Tigers will face Qatar, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. On June 11, the Blues Tigers will face Afghanistan and Bangladesh. 

India is currently fourth in the points table. They will expect to gain as many points as possible in the remaining fixtures. This is to finish third and secure automatic qualification for the 2023 Asian Cup qualifying third round.

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