4 June 2017 Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. There are reports of some border closures affecting road, air and sea routes between these countries and Qatar. This is likely to lead to a level of disruption, including for people travelling to and from Qatar.
On 5 June Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain announced further restrictions on travel and residence affecting Qatari nationals. These restrictions don’t apply to British nationals.
Flights between Qatar and Saudi Arabia and between Qatar and Egypt were suspended on 5 June until further notice. Other carriers are planning to suspend services from 12:01am on 6 June between Qatar and the UAE and Bahrain. You should check with your airline carrier directly before you travel. Direct flights to and from the UK aren’t affected.
Around 20,000 British nationals live in Qatar, and approximately 40,000 visit annually. Most visits are trouble-free. Take out comprehensive international travel and medical insurance before you travel. Be sure to read the small print of all insurance policies and pay close attention to the evacuation and repatriation coverage terms.
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