Saudi bans citizens from travel to Ethiopia, UAE, Vietnam without prior permission

Arab World Materials 3 July 2021 06:27 (UTC +04:00)

Saudi Arabia has announced it will be barring its citizens from direct or indirect travel to the UAE ,Ethiopia, and Vietnam without obtaining prior permission, according to a statement from the Kingdom’s interior ministry, Trend reports citing Alarabiya news.

An official source in the Ministry of Interior said tha the government took the decision out of its concern regarding the safety of citizens wishing to travel abroad in light of the continuing outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and the spread of a new mutated strain of COVID-19.

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Authorities announced early on Saturday that it will continue to prevent direct or indirect travel of Saudi citizens to the previously declared countries and suspend entry from Ethiopia, the UAE and Vietnam, in addition to Afghanistan except for those who stayed 14 days outside those four countries and who are not citizens.

Suspension of flights from the three countries will take effect from 11 pm on Sunday July 4, 2021.

The interior ministry also said it will be stopping flights between countries where travel is prohibited and applying quarantine measures to all citizens and non-citizens coming from those countries.

Exceptions are made to citizens who are currently in any of those countries and who return before 11 pm on Sunday, July 4, the interior ministry clarified.