A coalition led by Saudi Arabia is tightening the noose on neighbouring Qatar, accusing the emirate of financing extremist groups and of meddling in the internal affairs of its neighbours, charges that Qatar deny.
Below is a list of the sanctions imposed so far on the gas-rich nation.
Diplomatic Relations, Citizens’ Movement
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain issued statements cutting ties with Qatar on June 5. They also gave Qatari citizens 14 days to depart their respective countries and banned their citizens from visiting the country.
Egypt also severed relations on the same day, but with tens of thousands of Egyptians living in Qatar, didn’t impose similar restrictions on citizens’ movements.
Visa on Arrival
The UAE-owned Etihad and Emirates airlines said expatriates residing in Qatar and in possession of Qatari residency will not be eligible for an Emirati visa on arrival.
Sea, Air and Land Travel
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain banned sea and air travel to and from Qatar. The country’s only land border with Saudi Arabia was also shut, depriving it of a main food imports channel.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain have said Qatari carriers can’t fly over their territories. Foreign airlines may also have to seek permission for overflights to and from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have said.
The UAE has closed its airspace to all traffic to and from Qatar.
Saudi Arabia and Bahrain closed their berths to all ships traveling in and out of Qatari ports. The UAE’s Abu Dhabi Petroleum Ports Authority on Thursday expanded its ban to include “all vessels arriving from, or destined to Qatar, regardless of its flag.”
Egypt also banned Qatari ships from its ports, but they can still access the Suez Canal.
Some banks in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain are cutting their exposure to Qatar, according to people familiar with the matter. Some lenders in these countries have started withdrawing deposits from Qatari banks and stopped trading riyals and bonds, fearing the imposition of financial sanctions on the nation.
Saudi Arabia’s central bank has ordered lenders in the country not to increase their exposure to any Qatari clients, according to people familiar with the matter. The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency also told banks licensed in the country that they should not process any payments denominated in Qatari riyals, the people said.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE have stopped exporting white sugar to Qatar, ADM Investor Services International said in a report. But since the country’s consumption is around 100,000 tons a year, it can source from elsewhere, the report said.
Media Access, Freedom of Speech
Saudi Arabia closed down the Al Jazeera TV channel in the kingdom. The UAE will prosecute and punish with fines and jail time people expressing sympathy for Qatar on social media, Al Arabiya reported
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