Qatar bans travelers entry from Nepal and 13 other countries

Traveling from Nepal to Australia via Qatar?

Well, there might be a problem if you have taken transit to Qatar, as the Government of Communication Office on 2020, March 9, announced flights to Italy and from the other 13 remaining nations have been temporarily suspended from the very day of its announcement. 

The decision gets immediately executed due to the rapid spread of the Corona Virus, COVID-19, worldwide. The made announcement has undoubtedly affected all the individuals arriving in Qatar for a work permit, visa-on-arrival, and temporary visitors. Qatar has urged all its residents and citizens to avoid traveling at this time strictly. 

According to the GCO statement, the decision covers the following countries such as Nepal, Bangladesh, China, South Korea, Syria, Thailand, India, Philippines, Iran, Iraq, Philippines, Lebanon, Egypt, and Italy.

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The Qatar government did the judgment after the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) reported three new cases of COVID-19, which makes a total of 15 cases so far.

Supporting the declaration made by the Qatar government, Qatar Airways and other UAE airlines have decided to waive the airline’s fee. As the outbreak of the Corona Virus is gripping worldwide, the airlines have offered more flexible rebooking options for passengers traveling worldwide.

Nepalese who wish to cancel their booking to Australia via Dubai transit can make use of the flexible service of rebooking or rescheduling of flight. Amongst the airlines Etihad Airways, Emirates, Air Arabia is offering Free Cancellation and rebooking service. This service applies only to the passengers who have booked tickets between March 7-31. 

The customers can change their flight dates for travel with 11 months without attracting any penalties. The policy covers every destination across the Emirates network. However, the difference amount of in-flight fare may get levied. 

Adnan Kazim, the Emirates Airline Chief Commercial Officer, on a statement pacified the travelers with an assurance of providing more flexibility, peace of mind, and convenient traveling. 

Nepalese students or migrants traveling to Australia or any other destinations can now cancel their booking and re-schedule their tickets for free of cost within a time limit of 11 months i.e. from the date of booking.

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