Bahrain suspends issuance of new entry visas to Qataris

Bahrain Ministry of Interior announces suspension of entry visas for Qatari nationals excluding students and those already holding valid visas
Bahrain suspends issuance of new entry visas to Qataris
By Sam Bridge
Wed 22 Aug 2018 09:32 AM

Bahrain has suspended issuance of new entry visas to Qatari citizens, excluding students in the kingdom and those who currently have valid visas.

Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported that the Ministry of Interior has announced the suspension of the issuance of entry visas for Qatari nationals.

Qatari students who study in Bahrain will be excluded, along with those with valid visas, the ministry said.

"The decision was not taken because of Qatari nationals who share brotherly ties with Bahrainis, but as result of irresponsible acts of Qatari authorities that do not consider the rights of neighbouring countries or the principles of the international law," the ministry added.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt announced on June 5 last year that they were severing ties with their Gulf neighbour, sparking the worst diplomatic crisis to hit the region in decades.

They accused Doha of supporting extremism and of being too close to regional arch-rival Iran, which Qatar has denied.

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