Qatar Issues Temporary Transport Suspension due to COVID-19

Doha Metro issued an advisory that the Doha Metro preview service, metrolink and metroexpress feeder services, is suspended starting March 12, 2020 at 10:00 PM. Services will resume on March 15, 2020 15 6:00 AM. Meanwhile, those who intend to come to Qatar will have to check first if their country of origin is not in the list of those temporarily suspended.

Aside from the transport services, some institutions in Qatar were also closed to prevent further spread of virus. Some children’s park will also be closed temporarily. The public is urged to observe safety measures like,  frequent hand washing, to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Photo Credit: Qatar Rail website

Services Temporarily Suspended in Qatar

Since March 12, 2020 at 22:00, Doha Metro preview service, metrolink and metroexpress feeder bus have been temporarily suspended. According to the Qatar Rail website, services were suspended as part of precautionary services observed in the country. Train services will resume on March 15, 2020 (Sunday) at 6:00 AM.

A tweet from Doha Metro:

Meanwhile for those who will travel by air, the Government Communications Office has released a statement on which countries are temporarily suspension from entering Qatar. The statement says: “ 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 countries include: Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Irag, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, and Thailand. The decision to temporarily suspend entry from select countries also affect individuals who will apply visa upon arrival, holders or residence or work permit, and temporary visitors. Moreover, this list can still be updated depending on the advice of national health authorities and international organizations.

Everyone is advised to refrain from taking non-essential travels. And to those who must travel, they are advised to take extra precaution. A video entitled, “Travel with Confidence” produced by Qatar Airways, shows how the airplane and other items used are sanitized and individually packed to ensure its cleanliness.

Institutions Closed to Public

Photo credit: Ministry of Municipality and Environment Twitter

Those who want to go places around Qatar will also have to take note which places are temporarily closed, as part of the safety precautions against Covid-19.  According to a tweet from the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, “Ministry of Municipality and Environment decided to close the playing areas in all #Parks in the state of #Qatar as a precautionary measure to ensure the health of our kids.”

Qatar News Agency released tweets announcing that as part of precautionary measures, cinemas, theatres, children’s play areas, gyms, and wedding venues will be closed on March 13, 2020, Friday, until further notice.

Similarly, Qatar Museums will also be closed until further notice. These include: National Museum of Qatar, Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Islamic Art, and Fire Station.