The Qatar Cut-Off: How It Affects You
If you haven't heard by now, here's what's happening with Qatar...
On Monday, June 5, the UAE, along with five other Arab countries, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. The other coutries are Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Maldives, Mauritius and Libya.
Here is how all parties have been affected by this decision so far:
- Qatari nationals can no longer enter the UAE or cross its points of entry.
- Qatari residents and visitors in the UAE have been given 14 days to leave the country. According to WAM, the UAE has announced "closure of UAE airspace and seaports for all Qataris in 24 hours and banning all Qatari means of transportation, coming to or leaving the UAE, from crossing, entering or leaving the UAE territories, and taking all legal measures in collaboration with friendly countries and international companies with regards to Qataris using the UAE airspace and territorial waters, from and to Qatar, for national security considerations."
- UAE nationals are also banned from entering or transiting through Qatar. “UAE nationals are likewise banned from travelling to or staying in Qatar or transiting through its territories,” according to WAM.
- Emirates, Etihad, flydubai and Air Arabia have suspended all flights to Qatar until further notice. All of the UAE carriers said they would offer either full refunds or rebooking to other destinations. Saudi Arabian Airlines and Bahrain's Gulf Air have also suspended flights to and from Qatar.
- Expats looking to travel to Qatar from the UAE will first have to exit to either Oman or Kuwait, two states that still have diplomatic relations with Qatar. They can continue their journeys by road or air from these two countries.
This is an ongoing story and will be updated as new information is received.