Qatar Risk Assessment Country Guide

Working Abroad in Qatar

Situated on a small peninsula alongside Saudi Arabia, Qatar has a growing population. With its rich oil resources and expanding industries, the nation has emerged as an economic leader in the Middle East.

Thousands of foreigners visit Qatar each year and an estimated 40,000 British nationals travel there annually, according to the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. It is recommended to purchase comprehensive international insurance.

  • Health
  • Safety & Security
  • Terrorism

On November 19, 2015, the CDC issued a level 2 alert for those traveling to the Arabian Peninsula due to an outbreak of MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). MERS is a viral respiratory illness that causes fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The CDC encourages travelers to wash their hands consistently and avoid contact with other sick people in the area. 

Qatar has excellent medical facilities and emergency medical treatment. However, food and water-borne illnesses are present in the country, according to the National Travel Health Network and Centre. Cases of Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Rabies have also been reported in Qatar.

Since routine treatment is expensive in Qatar, expats should have ensure that they have adequate medical insurance. Clements Worldwide's Expat Health Insurance provides USD 5 million in health care benefits and  allows you to choose any number of doctors across the world. Clements coverage enables  flexible payment plans, choice of deductible and optional War and Terrorism coverage. This coverage extends your policy to include illness or injury caused by an act of war and terrorism. 

In the event of serious injury or illness, medical transport to another location may be needed in order to receive proper levels of care. A Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Insurance policy from Clements covers expenses to transport you to a capable medical facility in case a local medical center isn’t able to provide adequate treatment.

Call us today at +1.202.872.0060 or 800.872.0067 or email request@clements.com to discuss your organization’s travel needs tailored to considerations involved while operating in Qatar.

Source: UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Clements Worldwide 

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Political tensions could run high in Qatar, especially related to other incidents across the Middle East. Public opinion can be swayed by regional developments, and expats should be careful not to violate any local laws or customs while staying in the country. Expats should follow news reports and be aware there is more political tension on Fridays.

Expats can drive in the UK for up to 6 months on an International Driving Permit, and then apply for a temporary or permanent Qatari license. Since there is not a strict enforcement of road laws, Qatar has a high fatality rate for road accidents.

In order to mitigate the financial impact of accidents, Clements offers an Overseas Car Insurance policy that is tailored towards your organization and to fit Qatar’s local requirements. The policy includes Physical Damage, Third Party Liability, and Excess Liability coverage. With flexible deductible options and fast claims processing, your vehicle fleet will be insured whether it’s on the road, parked or transported abroad in Qatar. Optional Political Violence extension is recommended, that broadens the coverage to include strikes, riots, malicious damage, sabotage, war, terrorism or civil unrest.

In addition, many waterways near Qatar are highly sensitive. For example, vessels have been detained and inspected near maritime boundaries and the islands of Abu Musa and the Tunbs. Shipping lanes in the Gulf of Oman, Northern Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden and Bab El Mandeb have seen numerous attacks. Regional tensions have been known to impact the volatility of these areas.

Clements provides Maritime Security Insurance, which ensures compliance with BIMCO insurance requirements and GUARDCON standards that will achieve cost savings, better coverage, and more efficient policy administration.

Call us today at +1.202.872.0060 or 800.872.0067 or email request@clements.com to discuss your organization’s travel needs tailored to considerations involved while operating in Qatar.

Source: UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Clements Worldwide 

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While many terrorist organizations have threatened attacks on the Gulf region, there is low risk of terrorism in Qatar. However, incidents could occur in public places visited by expats and foreigners. Targets to attacks on Western interests include residences, places of worship, military, oil and transport interests.

To protect yourself from terrorism, Clements offers Political Violence Insurance. The policy provides the right coverage against the risks of civil unrest, war, riots, looting and acts of terrorism.

Call us today at +1.202.872.0060 or 800.872.0067 or email request@clements.com to discuss your organization’s travel needs tailored to considerations involved while operating in Qatar.

Source: UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Clements Worldwide 

Contact a Clements Representative for Insurance Solutions