Egypt bars Qataris from entering the country starting March 4 amid fears over the spread of COVID-19. Further travel restrictions possible.

Severity: Informational Alert

This alert began 05 Mar 2020 05:18 GMT and is scheduled to expire 31 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: March 4
  • Impact: Entry restrictions, health screenings, increased immigration wait times

Summary
Egyptian authorities have announced that they will bar Qataris from entering the country starting March 4. The measure affects Qataris with valid residency and comes amid fears over the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Egyptian officials also stated that their decision was in response to Doha imposing similar travel restrictions on visitors from Egypt.

The World Health Organization has declared the ongoing outbreak of the virus to be a global health emergency. COVID-19 originated in China's Wuhan City in Hubei Province.

Advice
Individuals affected by the restrictions should postpone planned travel. Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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