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Qatar : a guide to the current situation 08/06/2017

Sanction/Trading Restriction

On 5 June 2017 seven countries broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar. The countries adopting this step were: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, the Maldives and Libya’s eastern government. Our correspondents in Dubai, GAC, comment as follows on the individual countries and please note that information can change at short notice:

United Arab Emirates
• All Emirates flights to Qatar suspended
• All Fly Dubai flights to Qatar suspended
• All Air Arabia flights to Qatar suspended
• All Etihad flights to Qatar suspended
Land border to Saudi Arabia (Sila border):
• Export and import of all means of transport to Qatar prohibited
• All goods destined for Qatar stopped
• Only empty trucks with Qatari number plates can return back to Qatar
Abu Dhabi Ports (Port Khalifa, Musaffa Port, Mina Syed Port)
Following vessels and cargo categories are not allowed to call any port or terminal or its anchorage areas in Abu Dhabi:
• All Qatari flagged vessels
• Vessels going to/arriving from Qatar regardless of flag
• Vessels having cargo destined for Qatar or coming from Qatar
Abu Dhabi Petroleum Ports (Ruwais Area)
Following vessels and cargo categories are not allowed:
• Carrying Qatar flag
• Owner has Qatari nationality
• Operator is a Qatari company
• All vessels going to/coming from Qatar as last/next port of call, irrespective of the flag
Port of Fujairah
• Vessels flying Qatar flags or vessels destined to or arriving from Qatar ports are not allowed to call Port of Fujairah and Fujairah Offshore Anchorage regardless their nature of call.
• Vessels to vacate anchorage immediately if they have arrived from Qatar, are destined to Qatar, are Qatari flagged or have a vessel management from a Qatar based company
Jebel Ali Port, Hamriya Port and Port Rashid
• The following vessels are not allowed in DP World, UAE Region port or its anchorage areas with immediate effect until further notice: all Qatari flagged/owned vessels, all vessels going to or coming from Qatar as last/next port of call (irrespective of flag), all vessels loading/discharging cargo destined to/from Qatar

Sagr Port, Ras Al Khaimah Port, RAK Maritime City, Al Jazeera Port, Al Jeer Port including offshore anchorage
Following vessels and cargo categories are not allowed:
• All Qatari flagged and owned vessels
• All vessels going to/coming from Qatar as last/next port of call, irrespective of the flag
• Vessels loading/discharging cargo destined to/from Qatar

Saudi Arabia
• Saudi airlines flights to Qatar suspended
Saudi Port Authorities:
Following vessels are not allowed to call any port or terminal in Saudi Arabia
• Carrying Qatar flag
• The owner has Qatari nationality
• The line is Qatar company
• The cargo is from Qatar
• No Qatari crew to enter Saudi Ports
Saudi land border to Qatar (Abu Samra):
• Border is closed for any cargo entering and leaving Qatar.

Qatar: All Qatar Airways flights to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain suspended

Egypt
• All Egypt Air flights to Qatar Suspended
• Suez Canal transits allowed to all vessels/flags/nations subject to compliance with conditions stated in the present rules of navigation.
• At the moment no official restrictions from the Egyptian authorities with regards to Suez

Bahrain
• All Gulf Air flights to Qatar suspended
• All Bahrain Ports and territorial waters remain suspended for navigation from and to Qatar
Oman: No restrictions as of now
• Milaha will start operating a feeder from Sohar to Doha this week and more details are with the individual lines

Kuwait: No restrictions as of now

Iraq: No restrictions as of now

Members may face operational disruption resulting from the restrictions affecting ships calling or planning to call in Qatari ports. How the restrictions will work in practice is still being determined by individual port authorities. Local ship agents may be best placed to advise Members with ships currently trading in the region.