Qatar has announced a series of measures, including the suspension of all incoming flights for a preliminary two-week period, as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of the COVID-19.
However, Qatar Airways will not suspend flights and passengers transiting through Qatar will still be allowed to travel. Entry to Qatar will however only be allowed to Qatari nationals.
The decision to stop all incoming flights was taken at a meeting chaired by the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.“As per the decisions, all inbound flights to Qatar will be stopped as of March 18 for two weeks, except transit flights, cargo flights and flights carrying Qatar nationals from other countries. We will review the situation at the end of two weeks and appropriate decisions will be taken depending on the prevailing situation then,” said Lolwah Rashid AlKhater, assistant foreign minister and spokesperson for the ministry of foreign affairs.
The announcements came after Qatar’s health ministry announced 64 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the tiny Gulf nation, taking its total number of cases to 401.