Kathmandu: In a move to curb the global spread of COVID-19, the Qatar government on Sunday banned the arrival of travelers from 14 countries, including Nepal.
The 14 banned countries include Nepal, China, India, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Philipines, Pakistan, Lebanon, South Korea, Thailand, Syria, and Srilanka.
According to Qatar News Agency, the Qatari government’s ban on travelers may remain active until further notice. Qatari government’s ban on Nepali migrant workers is most likely to hit hard the remittance as Qatar is the major destination for Nepali migrant workers.
The Gulf countries are likely to take similar decisions to curb the spread of COVID-19 after World Health Organizations (WHO) wittingly declared Nepal to be one of the high-risk countries for Coronavirus.
Qatar has also suspended most of its flights to various destinations in a move to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
Currently, over 400.000 Nepalese are working in various sectors of Qatar. With this abrupt decision of the Qatari government to put a ban on arrival of Nepali migrant workers in Qatar, more than 40,000 Nepali workers who were ready to fly to Qatar have canceled their flights and are reportedly languishing in utter desperation and despondency.
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