The Public Prosecution in Saudi Arabia has warned that passengers arriving on international flights from COVID-19-affected countries in violation of prescribed rules regarding the prevention of coronavirus pandemics will face an SR 500,000 fine.
Additionally, those responsible for the mode of transportation will also face a penalty.
The Public Prosecution confirmed that travelers arriving in the Kingdom via international flights, as well as those responsible for transportation and operators of travel through entry ports, must disclose any visits to countries affected by the coronavirus outbreak or any of its mutated strains. If they fail to disclose this, they will face severe punitive measures. Also Read: Oman to allow entry of travelers with COVID-19 vaccine certificates from Sept 1
The violator will face a punishment of up to 500,000 riyals, and any damage caused by the violation will be borne by the violator, the operator, or the owner of the means of transportation.
If the violation is coupled with a criminal act, the case against the offender will be referred to the Public Prosecution prior to being filed in the appropriate court, the Public Prosecution added. Similar: Kuwait resumes flights with six countries, including India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh
On July 28, the Saudi interior ministry announced a three-year travel ban for citizens traveling to countries on the Kingdom’s “red list” due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Travel to the prohibited countries is a clear violation of the kingdom’s updated instructions and COVID-19-related travel restrictions.
“Upon his return, the violator will face legal accountability and severe penalties, as well as a three-year ban on travel outside the Kingdom,” SPA reported. See: Saudi Arabia extends validity of iqamas and visas of expats stranded abroad till Sept 30
The UAE, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iran, Turkey, Armenia, Ethiopia, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Belarus, India, and Vietnam are among the countries on the kingdom’s red list.
Citizens of Saudi Arabia are not permitted to travel directly or indirectly to these countries unless they obtain special permission.