Qatar Airways announces temporary ban of bookings from UAE, South Africa, Rwanda

A new Qatar Airways Airbus A340-600 sits on the tarmac at Doha airport. (File photo: AFP)

Qatar Airways has temporarily suspended acceptance of new bookings from the United Arab Emirates for the next seven days due to the British government’s concerns, the airlines said in a tweet on Friday.

Qatar Airways also said South Africa and Rwanda are also temporarily suspended, adding that exceptions include nationals from the GCC and resident permit holders returning to other GCC countries.

It follows similar moves by the UK.

Britain on Tuesday announced an outright travel ban on non-citizens arriving from the United Arab Emirates and severe quarantine measures for citizens coming in from there to stem coronavirus cases, hitting Dubai holidaymakers and expatriates.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the UAE has been added to the government’s “red list” along with Burundi and Rwanda.

source: Reuters

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