Egypt ends visa-free entry for Qatari citizens
Egypt’s foreign ministry has reported the finish of visa-free travel for Qataris – the most recent measure taken against Doha in the Gulf crisis.
Qatari nationals will now need to apply for a visa keeping in mind the end goal to enter Egypt, the ministry said on Monday.
“It doesn’t bode well to continue making exceptions for Qatar and giving it privileges in light of its current positions,” said Ahmed Abu Zeid, Egypt’s foreign ministry representative.
The restriction won’t influence spouses and children of Egyptian nationals, and also Qatari nationals who are studying at Egyptian public universities, Abu Zeid said.
Media reports cited sources at Cairo International Airport as saying that the choice would be implemented as of Wednesday or Thursday.
Egypt’s state-run Ahram Online publication said before on Monday that the move would influence the holders of standard passports as well as those with a diplomatic or exceptional travel documents.
The development comes six weeks after Egypt, alongside Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, cut ties with Qatar on June 5 and forced an air, ocean and land blockade on the country.
The quartet accused Doha of supporting “extremists” – an allegation that Qatar denies.
Over two weeks after the Gulf crisis started, the blockading nations issued a rundown of 13 demands that incorporated the conclusion of Al Jazeera Media Network.
The move was denounced by different deliberate rights associations, the United Nations and heads of states.