CAIRO: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday suspended entry to the dominion from 20 international locations, apart from diplomats, Saudi residents, medical practitioners and their households, to assist curb the unfold of the coronavirus, the state information company reported.
“The Ministry of Interior announced that a temporary suspension for entry to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia [from 20 countries] has been enforced on non-citizens, diplomats, health practitioners and their families,” the Saudi Press Company stated in an announcement.
The short-term ban, efficient from February 3, contains individuals arriving from Argentina, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, the US of America, Indonesia, Eire, Italy, Pakistan, Brazil, Portugal, the UK, Turkey, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Lebanon, Egypt, India, and Japan.
The short-term journey ban into the Kingdom can even embrace these travellers who handed by means of any of the 20 banned international locations 14 days previous the implementation of the ban, the inside ministry added.
“The source added that the citizens, diplomats, health practitioners and their families coming from the aforementioned countries or those who transited any of those countries during the 14 days preceding their return to the Kingdom will enter the Kingdom in accordance with the precautionary measures imposed by the Ministry of Health,” the Saudi Press Company quoted an inside ministry supply as saying.
The same ban was positioned in December after a brand new pressure of COVID-19 was recognized in the UK.
The Saudi Press Company on the time had stated that these returning to the Kingdom from one of many European international locations or any nation the place the brand new pressure has appeared after December 8 have been directed to isolate at house for 2 weeks, and take a coronavirus take a look at throughout the isolation interval and once more each 5 days.
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In the meantime, the dominion has postponed the top of a ban on journey for its residents and the reopening of its ports to Might 17, in response to the Saudi state information company SPA, which cited an inside ministry official.
In accordance with Khaleej Instances, the Saudi authorities had initially deliberate to raise the ban from March 31.
The inside ministry, in response to Al Arabiya, stated that it had prolonged the ban as a result of delays in vaccine deliveries and the speedy unfold of coronavirus throughout the second wave of the virus.
After Pfizer had delayed vaccine deliveries throughout the globe, Saudi Arabia was pressured to reschedule appointments for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine, the publication stated.
“The Kingdom wants to ensure that the majority of the public are immunised against the coronavirus before lifting the ban and reopening borders,” Al Arabiya reported, citing the inside ministry.
“Earlier this month, the Kingdom had warned citizens and residents against travelling to 12 countries due to the emergence of the new variant of the virus in those places,” Khaleej Instances reported.