MANILA, Philippines – The Qatari government on Monday, March 9, imposed temporary travel restrictions banning the entry of travelers from the Philippines and 13 other countries amid growing fears over the continued increase in novel coronavirus cases.
The Philippine Embassy in Qatar advised Filipinos to take note of the measure issued by Qatar Sunday night, March 8 (Monday, March 9, Manila time), which covered Doha-bound passengers from the following countries:
According to the Qatari government, travel restrictions will cover all individuals entering from these countries, including those with residence or work permits, temporary visas, and visas upon arrival.
"The step comes in line with the State of Qatar's efforts to take all necessary preventive measures to limit the spread of the virus," the Qatar government said in an advisory.
Qatari officials likewise urged all its citizens to avoid all non-essential travel in the meantime.
The Qatari government's travel ban adds to a growing list of restrictions affecting the Philippines, where 10 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus, have been found.
As of Monday morning, Qatar recorded 15 confirmed cases of coronavirus. There were no recorded deaths in the country yet.
Worldwide, the death toll from the coronavirus stood at 3,803, while over 109,000 were infected across 104 countries. – Rappler.com