COVID-19: Saudi Arabia temporarily suspends entry for non-citizens from 20 countries

COVID-19: Saudi Arabia temporarily bans entry for non-citizens from 20 countries

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior on Tuesday announced a temporary suspension of entry into the Kingdom for non-Saudis except diplomats, health practitioners, and their families for those coming from 20 countries starting at 9 PM Wednesday, February 03.

“The Ministry of the Interior would like to announce that it has decided to suspend entry to the Kingdom – for non-citizens, diplomats, health practitioners and their families due to the importance of preserving the epidemiological situation and public health in the Kingdom,” the Saudi Press Agency said in a statement.

According to the ministry, the following are the list of 20 countries,

  • ARGENTINA
  • UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
  • UNITED STATES
  • GERMANY
  • INDONESIA
  • IRELAND
  • ITALY
  • PAKISTAN
  • BRAZIL
  • PORTUGAL
  • UNITED KINGDOM
  • TURKEY
  • SOUTH AFRICA
  • SWEDEN
  • SWITZERLAND
  • FRANCE
  • LEBANON
  • EGYPT
  • INDIA
  • JAPAN

The temporary travel ban into the Kingdom will also include travelers from other countries if they pass through any of the 20 banned countries in the 14 days preceding the ban’s implementation, the interior ministry said.

“Saudi citizens, diplomats, health practitioners and their families coming from the aforementioned countries or those who transited to any of those countries during the 14 days preceding their return to the Kingdom will enter the Kingdom in accordance with the precautionary measures imposed by the Ministry of Health,” the ministry added.