Abu Dhabi: Bahrainis stranded in Qatar have appealed for their repatriation following reports about them being denied the right to travel on board Qatar Airways, according to Bahraini media.
Reports said many Bahrainis have been stuck in Doha since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, as aviation officials informed them of orders to prohibit Bahraini citizens from travelling on board flights operated by Qatar Airways.
Bahrainis have been left with no other option to leave since Qatar Airways is the only company permitted to fly from Doha at the moment due to travel restrictions.
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, and Bahrain have severed diplomatic and economic ties and travel links with Doha since August 5, 2017 after accusing Qatar of establishing close relations with Iran and financing extremist Islamic movements.
A 43-year-old Bahraini, who has been working in Qatar for the last 10 years as a financial officer and could not return home since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, told Akhbar Al Khaleej that he tried to return to Bahrain and his only option was to return through London.
After booking a flight on Qatar Airways, he vacated his apartment, resigned from his work, sold his car and the furniture in his house, and also settled all his financial obligations in preparation for returning to the homeland and joining his family, but when he arrived at Hamad International Airport he was informed that he could not be allowed to board the plane, because he is a Bahraini citizen.
The man, who did not want to be identified, said he feared for his life with the registration of 24,116 infections in Qatar.
“Many Bahrainis and I stranded in Qatar just want to return to our families,” said the man, appealing to authorities.