An official source at the Ministry of Interior stated that, based on what the Ministry of Health raised about the spread of a new mutated type of the emerging corona virus (Covid-19) in a number of countries, until medical information about the nature of this virus becomes clear, and a desire to take urgent measures to protect public health For citizens and residents and ensuring their safety.
The Recent Announcement by the Ministry
The Minister of Interior has announced that,
All international flights have been suspended for another week as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of the citizens and Saudi expats working in Saudi Arabia. However, the GACA has allowed Saudi expats to travel outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia starting from December 27, 2020.
— وزارة الداخلية (@MOISaudiArabia) December 27, 2020
What Precautionary Measures are Required for those who have Returned from European Countries?
Everyone who has returned to the Kingdom after 8th December from any of those countries where the new strain has appeared is required to quarantine themselves for two (2) weeks from the date of arrival and they must undergo a test for Coronavirus during their self-isolation period. And citizens who have returned from or transited within the last three (3) months through any of those high-risk countries are also required to undergo a test. Read more: Saudi Arabia Announces to Temporary Suspend International Flights for a Week
What about the Foreign Flights that are Currently in the Kingdom?
All commercial international flights are suspended temporarily in the country. However, the foreign flights that are currently in the Kingdom are allowed to return.
Movement of Goods and Supply Chains
The movement of goods, commodities and supply chains from countries where the strains of the mutated virus have not appeared will continue as usual.
According to the sources, these travel restrictions will be reviewed in light of the developments related to the pandemic. The appearance of new mutated strains of coronavirus led to the closure of international flights to ensure the health and safety of the citizens and Saudi expats. Stay safe. Stay tuned to Saudi expat news for more.