Egypt has suspended visa free travel for Qatari nationals amid the ongoing diplomatic crisis between Qatar and four Arab nations, Reuters reported.
Egypt announced Monday that it will suspend visa-free travel to Qatari nationals, the latest punitive measure introduced against Doha for its alleged support of terrorism.
Qatar’s Foreign Ministry pointed out that the introduction of the new visa regime will however, not affect Qatari students studying at Egyptian universities or spouses and children of Egyptian nationals, Cairo said.
“It does not make sense to keep making exceptions for Qatar and giving it privileges in light of its current positions,” Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said Monday.
According to reports, the new travel ban could take effect as early as Wednesday. The additional punitive measure by Egypt was introduced after Qatar rejected the 13-point ultimatum issued by the four Arab nations, which, among other demands, includes stopping aid for extremist groups, expelling the Turkish military from the country and shutting down Qatar’s Al Jazeera global TV network.