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Current Situation in Middle East country states & GCC:

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Update Status: 09.04.2020 – 08:00 CET” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23222222″ use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”text-transform”][vc_column_text]The number of Corona positive confirmed cases in the region still rising as in the table below triggering intensive epidemiological efforts to discover the sources of infected cases.

Ministries of health called on all people who have tested positive for COVID-19, those who suspect themselves to be carrying the virus, quarantined persons and those who have come into contact with confirmed cases to commit to the Health Ministry’s regulations and call the local emergency number for any help. Anyone who conceals information about suspected infections will be held legally accountable.

Governments are discussing significant issues related to the continuity of education at schools and universities, final exams and work mechanisms during the holy month of Ramadan, as well as compensation of salaries.

Governments are also currently considering issues related to the gradual resumption of work in productive and service sectors after implementing precautionary measures to guarantee the health and safety of citizens.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”The current number of cases” font_container=”tag:h5|text_align:left|color:%23222222″ use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”text-transform”][vc_column_text]CountryNumber of casesTravelLockDownIran64,586OpenedSoftSaudi Arabia2932ClosedSoftUnited Arab Emirates2659Opened for travelling out to certain locationsSoftQatar2,210OpenedSoftEgypt1560ClosedSoftIraq1202OpenedSoftBahrain823openedSoftKuwait855ClosedFullLebanon576For nationals travelling back to LebanonFullOman419ClosedFullJordan358ClosedFullSyria19OpenedSoft

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”UAE” font_container=”tag:h5|text_align:left|color:%23222222″ use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”text-transform”][vc_column_text]On 2 April the UAE Government announced its decision to renew for a further two weeks the suspension of entry of all UAE Residents who are currently abroad. This period could be extended. Thousands of passengers from different countries who wish to go back home are currently in the UAE. Earlier this week Emirates Airlines received approvals to commence special flights from April 6 from Dubai to five European cities of London, Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels and Zurich, with four flights a week to London Heathrow, and 3 flights a week to the other cities. Emirates Airlines resumed its special flights after suspension, with the first flight taking off from Dubai International on Monday morning and to Frankfurt.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Saudi Arabia” font_container=”tag:h5|text_align:left|color:%23222222″ use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”text-transform”][vc_column_text]Travelling to and from Saudi Arabia suspending all international flights. They imposed soft curfew to few cities including Mecca, Jeddah and Mecca. Situation didn’t improve and number of cases increased leading to suspension of domestic flights within Saudi Arabia for a period of 14 days, starting from 06:00 on Saturday, 21 March 2020 and extending curfew from 3pm to 8am to all cities. Umrah visa has been suspended till after Ramadan. Saudi Authorities is also studying the option of cancelling Hajj season for 2020. This yet to be confirmed.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Jordan” font_container=”tag:h5|text_align:left|color:%23222222″ use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”text-transform”][vc_column_text]Commercial flights in and out of Jordan are suspended and all land and sea borders are closed. The Government of Jordan has confirmed that these measures will remain in place until 27 April, and there are strong indications that the flight suspension and border closures will continue beyond this date.

Earlier this week, Royal Jordanian sent flights to collect nationals from common destinations, including Dubai, US, UK.  This exercise will continue till Ramadan on interval basis according to number of nationals claimed assistance. They aim to unlock restriction from the 27th of April[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Oman” font_container=”tag:h5|text_align:left|color:%23222222″ use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”text-transform”][vc_column_text]The Omani government announced that from 18 March, the following places would be closed across Oman: mosques and other places of worship; events and conferences; all tourist sites; all shops in shopping malls; souqs and other traditional markets; restaurants and cafes (including in hotels) except for takeaway/delivery; gyms, spas and hairdressers. Traveling is restricted to and from the country. Oman announced full curfew for two weeks starting the 10th April till the 22nd April.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Qatar” font_container=”tag:h5|text_align:left|color:%23222222″ use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”text-transform”][vc_column_text]From the evening of 16 March until further notice, no international passengers – including those with a residence permit – will be allowed to enter Qatar. Transit passengers travelling on to another destination will still be able to transfer through Qatar, and some flights continue to operate if restrictions on destinations and people can exit the country.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Kuwait” font_container=”tag:h5|text_align:left|color:%23222222″ use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”text-transform”][vc_column_text]The Kuwait Government are no longer allowing non-Kuwaitis to enter Kuwait. Non-Kuwaitis arriving on flights to Kuwait will be required to board the next plane out of Kuwait, until further notice. Land borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia have closed, and other countries may monitor travellers from Kuwait.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Bahrain” font_container=”tag:h5|text_align:left|color:%23222222″ use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”text-transform”][vc_column_text]Bahrain authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus, including the closure of shops (excluding foodstores, pharmacies and banks), schools, universities and limiting gatherings, as well as enhanced entry and transit restrictions at airports and entry points, and the requirement of all arrivals into Bahrain to be tested and self-isolate for 14 days including those without symptoms.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Egypt” font_container=”tag:h5|text_align:left|color:%23222222″ use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”text-transform”][vc_column_text]Egyptian authorities imposed mandatory quarantine for visitors who test positive for coronavirus in a government isolation hospital, potentially in a remote location. Access for family members could be heavily restricted or impossible.

The Egyptian response to the coronavirus is evolving, local measures may change and new restrictions be introduced at short notice and without warning. There are currently restrictions in place including an overnight curfew.

Travelling to and from Egypt is restricted with all airports closed down except for private jets and charters to outside Egypt.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Article by: Jamil Juma, Regional Manager MENA & CIS jamilj@marm.com.tr

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