Saudi Arabia bans entry from UAE, Vietnam, Ethiopia and Afghanistan

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Ministry of Media on July 25, 2020, shows members of the medical team from Saudi Health ministry at the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport. (AFP)

Saudi Arabia has banned the travel of citizens to United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia and Vietnam without prior permission, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Saturday, citing an official source at the Ministry of Interior.

Flights to and from these countries as well as Afghanistan will be suspended on Sunday, July 4, at 11 p.m.

The source indicated there will be institutional quarantine for all passengers, whether citizens or foreigners, coming from these countries, after this date.

Citizens who intend to return before that date will be spared institutional quarantine.