The Ministry of Interior, Saudi Arabia on Saturday suspended the entry of passengers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ad three other countries amid the ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) and the spread of a new mutated strain of the virus.

The other countries that have been banned by Saudi Arabia include Ethiopia, Vietnam, and Afghanistan.

However, non-citizens who stayed 14 days outside those four countries, as well as all the previously announced countries can travel to Saudi Arabia.

It must be noted that Saudi citizens will not able to travel to the above-mentioned countries directly or indirectly, without obtaining prior permission from the concerned authorities.

The suspension of flights from the four countries will take effect from 11 p.m., on Sunday, July 4, 2021.

There will be an institutional quarantine for all passengers, whether they are citizens or foreigners coming from these countries after July 4. Citizens who intend to return before the date will be exempted from institutional quarantine.

The Ministry of Interior also calls upon citizens wishing to travel to the countries to which travel is permitted to be careful, stay away from areas where the virus is spreading, and follow up all precautionary measures, regardless of their destination.

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