RIYADH – Saudi Arabia on Thursday quickly suspended journey of residents and expatriates to numerous nations, together with Pakistan the place the specter of the unfold of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID19) appeared.
Taking precautionary measures, the dominion determined to “temporarily suspend the travel of citizens and expatriates and suspend flights to the European Union countries, Swiss Confederation, the Republic of India, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Social Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Sudan, and The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Republic of South Sudan, the State of Eritrea, the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Djibouti, and the Federal Republic of Somalia, as well as suspend the entry of those coming from those countries, and the entry of those who were there during the 14 days prior to their arrival”.
The motion of passengers by way of all land ports with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has additionally been suspended, whereas industrial and freight site visitors remains to be allowed, and humanitarian and distinctive instances can cross, stated the Saudi Press Company.
The choice offers a 72-hour interval for residents and people with legitimate residency of the residents of these nations to return to the dominion, earlier than the journey suspension choice turns into efficient.
The suspension’s choice excluded well being practitioners working within the Kingdom of the residents of the Philippines and India, and evacuation, transport and commerce journeys, whereas taking the required precautions.
The choice indicated that the Ministries of Inside and Well being might coordinate to take care of humanitarian and distinctive instances, with out prejudice to the required precautionary and preventive measures.