| 19 April 2024, Friday |

Saudi Arabia threatens 3-year travel ban for citizens who visit “red list” states

Saudi Arabia will impose a three-year travel ban on people traveling to nations on the kingdom’s’red list,’ according to state news agency SPA, as part of measures to combat the spread of coronavirus and its new forms.

It quoted an unnamed interior ministry source as saying that some Saudi residents had broken travel limits after being permitted to travel abroad without prior approval for the first time since March 2020 in May.

“Anyone who is proven to be involved will be subject to legal accountability and heavy penalties upon their return, and will be banned from travel for three years,” the official said.

Saudi Arabia has banned travel to or transit at a number of countries including Afghanistan, Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates.

“The Ministry of Interior stresses that citizens are still banned from travelling directly or via another country to these states or any other that has yet to control the pandemic or where the new strains have spread,” the official said.

The kingdom, the largest Gulf state with a population of some 30 million, on Tuesday recorded 1,379 new COVID-19 infections, bringing its total to 520,774 cases and 8,189 deaths.

It saw daily infections fall from a peak above 4,000 in June 2020 to below the 100 mark in early January.

  • Reuters