Qatar Crisis

Qatar is currently being blockaded by many of its Gulf neighbours in a dispute that came to a head last month. As of 5th June 2017, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Egypt and Bahrain have closed all of their land, sea and air routes into and out of Qatar. As a result, moving goods into Qatar has become extremely difficult. Flights to and from Qatar cannot pass through airspace of the four countries mentioned above.

It is unknown how long this crisis might go on for. The opposing countries sent a list of 13 demands to Qatar in order to end the dispute; however, these have been formally rejected by Qatar and the blockade remains in place.

A list of the 11 countries that have cut or limited diplomatic ties with Qatar is as follows: Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Maldives, Mauritania, Senegal, Jordan, Djibouti. If you plan to export any goods to Qatar, be prepared for massive delays and very high costs, as routes into Qatar have become very restricted. Imports have been limited to food and other urgent supplies, which are being flown in.