UAE stops visa on arrival for Qatar-based expats

UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain severed diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday
UAE stops visa on arrival for Qatar-based expats
By Staff writer
Thu 08 Jun 2017 10:47 AM

UAE has stopped issuing visa on arrival for expatriates residing in Qatar on a residence visa, state news agency WAM has announced.

On Monday, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain along with Egypt severed diplomatic ties with Qatar over its relationship with Iran and support for terror groups such as Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS.

The three Gulf countries have given 14 days, starting Monday, to Qatari residents and visitors to leave their borders, while Qatari diplomats were told to leave in 48 hours.

Travellers holding Qatari passports are already prohibited from travelling to, or transiting through, the UAE. Similarly, Saudi, UAE and Bahraini nationals have been banned from travelling to or staying in Qatar, or transiting through its territories.

The three GCC countries have closed their airspace and seaports for all Qataris aircraft and ships, while their airlines have stopped flying to Qatar.

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