Saudi Arabia temporarily suspends travel to 9 coronavirus-hit countries

A side of a street in the Qatif governorate after the decision to suspend entry and exit (Photo: Issa al-Dabisi)

Saudi Arabia temporarily suspends travel of citizens and residents to and from nine coronavirus affected countries.

Countries residents and citizens can no longer travel to are the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Italy, and South Korea, as well as suspending the entry of those coming from those countries, or the entry of those who were there during the 14 days prior to their arrival.

The Kingdom also decided to stop air and sea flights between the Kingdom and the mentioned countries.

The source excluded from this evacuation, shipping and trade trips, taking the necessary and necessary precautions.

The source added that the Ministries of Interior and Health are coordinating to deal with humanitarian and exceptional cases.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia imposed a quarantine on al-Qatif city, in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province. This also comes as part of precautionary health measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

“Given that all 11 recorded positive cases of the new coronavirus are from Qatif; it has been decided to temporarily suspend entry and exit from Qatif,” the ministry said in a statement.

The source emphasized that the commitment of all citizens to the precautionary measures will lead to their success. It will also enable competent health authorities to provide the best medical care. This is to prevent the spread of the virus and eliminate it to ensure the safety of all people.