Covid-19: Saudi Arabia bars entry from 20 countries

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday, suspended entry from 20 countries, ranging from some neighbouring States to the United States, in a bid to curb a jump in coronavirus infections. 

The Interior Ministry announced the “temporary suspension” would be effective from 9.00 pm (Saudi time) yesterday,  Wednesday, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

The ban applies to neighbouring Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, (UAE) and in the wider region, to Lebanon and Turkey, but it excludes Nigeria.

The announcement comes after Saudi’s health minister Tawfiq al-Rabiah warned on Sunday that new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if citizens and residents do not comply with health restrictions.

Saudi citizens, as well as diplomats and health workers coming from those countries, will be allowed to enter the kingdom “in accordance with the precautionary measures”, it added.

In Europe, the ban includes Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland. Elsewhere, as well as the US, it applies to Argentina, Brazil, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan and South Africa.

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