Entry to Qatar from 14 countries suspended

*Temporary ban that comes into force Monday aimed at preventing the spread of spread of coronavirus

Entry to Qatar has been temporarily suspended for people from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria and Thailand.

The Government Communications Office (GCO) said Sunday that in addition to Qatar Airways' announcement regarding flights to and from Italy, entry to Qatar is temporarily suspended for all those intending to travel from certain countries, as of Monday.

The decision comes as a preventive measure due to the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) worldwide.

In a statement, the GCO said Sunday that the step comes in line with Qatar's efforts to take all necessary preventive measures to limit the spread of coronavirus.

"The decision affects all individuals intending to enter from these countries, including visas upon arrival, those with a residence or work permit, and temporary visitors."

Qatar has urged all citizens and residents to avoid all but essential travel at this time.

The statement said that these precautionary measures may be subject to further updates based on the latest guidance of the national health authorities and international organisations on the spread of coronavirus, in order to ensure the safety of all residents of Qatar.

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