As per the report of the Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday, Saudi Arabia has imposed a 3-year travel ban on citizens who traveling to countries on the kingdom’s ‘red list’ in order to curb the spread of coronavirus and its new variants.
In a statement carried by the SPA, an official source at the ministry of interior said that traveling to the prohibited countries is an explicit violation of the announced instructions.
“The violator will expose himself to legal accountability and severe penalties upon his return, and will prevent him from traveling outside the Kingdom for a period of three years,” SPA reported.
Saudi Arabia has banned travel to or transit at a number of countries including Afghanistan, Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey, Vietnam, and the United Arab Emirates.
“The Ministry of Interior stresses that citizens are still banned from traveling directly or via another country to these states or any other that have yet to control the pandemic or where the new strains have spread,” the official said.
The kingdom, the largest Gulf state with a population of some 30 million, on Tuesday recorded 1,379 new COVID-19 infections, bringing its total to 520,774 cases and 8,189 deaths.
It saw daily infections fall from a peak above 4,000 in June 2020 to below the 100 marks in early January.