Qatar crisis: The Indian Embassy in Qatar on Wednesday issued an advisory to Indians living there. Earlier, on June 5, 2017, 4 middle eastern countries namely Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt had declared that they would be cutting off all diplomatic ties with Qatar. The 4 countries had also stated that they would be closing all forms of transport with the said country, be it aerial, roadways or waterways. The said countries are also known to have ordered their citizens to leave Qatar as soon as possible and have ordered all the citizens of Qatar to leave their countries. In light of recent events, questions have been raised regarding the safety and security of the Indian citizens in Qatar. The Indian Embassy thus has released an advisory for all Indian citizens living in the country.
Here is the full text of the advisory:
“On 5th June 2017, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt announced that they were cutting diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar, along with the closure of air/sea/land travel links with the State of Qatar. These countries also have ordered their citizens to leave Qatar, in addition to ordering Qatari citizens to leave their territories. Subsequently Maldives, Yemen, Mauritius, Mauritania and Jordan took similar steps. Air connectivity provided by several airlines between these countries has been disrupted, as a result of cancellation of a number of flights. The airlines concerned have reportedly offered refunds for tickets booked on these cancelled flights. Indian travelers are, therefore, requested to contact their travel providers for advice on modifications to their travel arrangements and also remain alert to further developments. The Embassy of India is monitoring the situation closely and is in touch with the Qatari authorities to ensure the safety and security of Indian nationals in Qatar.
The Qatari authorities have conveyed that they will take all necessary steps to ensure that normal life, including supplies of food items, is not affected. There is nothing happening in the region that suggests any threat to the physical safety and security of residents in Qatar. Please update yourself of the latest news and do not believe in rumours without cross-checking facts. The Embassy will be providing updates on its Twitter handle [@IndEmbDoha] from time to time as required.
The Embassy of India, Doha, located at Villa Nos. 86 & 90, Street No. 941, Al Eithra Steet, Zone-63, Onaiza, Doha, can be reached through any of the following:
Tel. No. during Office hours: 44255777
Tel. No. after Office hours: 55575086
Indian Cultural Centre (ICC): 50536234
Indian Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF): 55512810, 55532367, 55342708
Follow us on Twitter and Facebook [India in Qatar] ”
The Indian Embassy has also given its address and other contact details for those who require its assistance.