Saudi Bans Citizens From Travel To Ethiopia, UAE, Vietnam Without Prior Permission

Saudi Arabia has announced it will be barring its citizens from direct or indirect travel to the UAE, Ethiopia, and Vietnam without obtaining prior permission, according to a statement from the Kingdom’s interior’s ministry.

An official source in the Ministry of Interior said the government took the decision out of its concern regarding the safety of citizens wishing to travel abroad in light of the continuing outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and the spread of a new mutated strain of COVID-19.

Authorities announced early on Saturday that it continue to prevent direct and indirect travel of Saudi citizens to the previously declared countries and suspend entry from Ethiopia, the UAE and Vitenam, in addition to Afghanistan except for those who stayed 14 days outside thouse four countries and who are not citizens.

Suspension of flights from the three countries will take effect from 11 PM on Sunday, July 4, 2021.

The interior ministry also said it will be stopping  flights between countries where travel is prohibed and apply quarantine measures to all citizens and non – citizens coming from those countries.

Exception are made to citizens who are currently in any of thouse countries and who return before 11 PM on Sunday, July 4, the interior ministry clarified.

‘The Ministry of Interior calls upon citizens wishing to travel to the countries to which travel is permitted to be careful, stay awat from areas where the virus is spreading, and follow all precautionary measures, regardless of their destination’, the Saudi Press Agency reported citing the Kingdom’s interior ministry.