Saudi citizens warned against visiting countries facing travel ban

Pilgrims arrive to King Abdulaziz Airport for the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (File photo: AP)

The Ministry of Interior warned Saudi citizens against traveling to countries put on the no-travel list recently as these countries are currently witnessing a surge in cases of COVID-19 and its new variants.

In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday; an official source at the ministry said that traveling to the banned countries is an explicit violation of the announced instructions.

The source also said that there are reports about citizens traveling to the countries; where travel prohibited in violation of the instructions issued by the official authorities; warning that such deception, if proven, warrants legal accountability and heavy penalties. He also added that those who violated the instructions would be banned from traveling abroad for 3 years.

The Ministry of Interior in the statement called on citizens against traveling directly or indirectly to countries; where the pandemic not yet controlled. There are cases of mutated strains.

It also urged citizens to exercise caution and stay away from areas; where instability prevails or the virus is spreading, and take all precautionary measures regardless of their destination.