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Three things to keep in mind when seeking medical attention in Qatar

Qatar is a fascinating destination; however, its culture and customs differ from those of other countries. Be sure to consider the following when seeking medical attention in this nation.

1. Restricted medicines

In Qatar, some medicines are restricted. These include stimulants, strong painkillers and some medications used by HIV+ patients. In addition, the use of marijuana/THC, cannabis-based products and vapes is prohibited. Using these products, or even carrying them, could result in penalties.

The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs recommends always keeping your medical prescriptions and medication’s original packaging when traveling to Qatar.

2. Emergencies

Healthcare services in this Qatar are top-notch and are among the best in the Middle East. In fact, in 2019 Qatar opened the region’s most extensive Trauma and Emergency Center.

Unlike most emergency numbers used in the Americas, such as 911 in the United States or 112 in some Latin American countries, Qatar’s emergency number is 999. There, operators will attend to you in Arabic or English.

If you seek treatment at a hospital, you are expected to pay immediately for the services you will receive. For this reason, it is highly recommended to have travel insurance coverage, such as the VUMI’s Travel VIP plan.

3. Prenatal care for unmarried women

To receive prenatal care in Qatar, pregnant women must present a marriage certificate, according to the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs. This certificate is necessary as sex outside of marriage is deemed illegal in Qatar.

The Bureau also recommends that unmarried pregnant travelers check with their country’s embassy in Qatar before seeing a doctor for such care.

Contact your insurance agent for more information on what to consider when seeking medical care in Qatar with VUMI® plan benefits.

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