Starting March 9, 2020, Qatar is suspending entry to ALL travellers coming from 14 countries. This was announced in a press statement from the Government Communications Office website to prevent and control the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19.
Please also be advised that this temporary suspension applies to ALL individuals, whether you have a residence visa or work permit already, or you’re still going to get a visa-on-arrival, or if you are arriving with a tourist visa. If you enter from the following countries below, this entry restriction applies to you:
- Korea (South)
- Sri Lanka
Qatar Government Temporary Suspension of Entry to Those Arriving from Certain Countries Due to COVID-19
Below is the Tweet from the official account of the Government Communications Office:
Statement by the Government Communications Office on the temporary suspension of entry of those arriving from certain countries as a preventive measure, due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide.https://t.co/zDUjlnMyUa
— مكتب الاتصال الحكومي (@GCOQatar) March 8, 2020
Below is the full statement by the Government Communications Office:
Statement by the Government Communications Office on the temporary suspension of entry of those arriving from certain countries as a preventive measure, due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide
In addition to Qatar Airways announcement regarding flights to and from Italy, entry to the State of Qatar is temporarily suspended for all those intending to travel from certain countries, as of 9 March 2020. This decision comes as a preventive measure due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide.
The decision includes the following countries: Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria and Thailand.
This step comes in line with the State of Qatar’s efforts to take all necessary preventive measures to limit the spread of Coronavirus.
The decision affects all individuals intending to enter from these countries, including visas upon arrival, those with a residence or work permit, and temporary visitors.
The State of Qatar urges all citizens and residents to avoid all but essential travel at this time.
These precautionary measures may be subject to further updates based on the latest guidance of the national health authorities and international organisations on the spread of Coronavirus, in order to ensure the safety of all residents of the State of Qatar.