LONDON: Saudi Arabia will impose a three-year travel ban on citizens travelling to countries on the dominion`s `pink listing` below efforts to curb the unfold of coronavirus and its new variants.
State information company SPA cited an unnamed Interior Ministry official as saying some Saudi citizens, who in May have been allowed to travel overseas with out prior permission from authorities for the primary time since March 2020, had violated travel laws.
“Anyone who is confirmed to be concerned will probably be topic to authorized accountability and heavy penalties upon their return, and will probably be banned from travel for 3 years,” the official mentioned.
Saudi Arabia has banned travel to or transit at quite a few countries together with 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 nonetheless banned from travelling straight or by way of one other nation to those states or another that has but to regulate the pandemic or the place the brand new strains have unfold,” the official mentioned.
The kingdom, the biggest Gulf state with a inhabitants of some 30 million, on Tuesday recorded 1,379 new COVID-19 infections, bringing its whole to 520,774 cases and eight,189 deaths.
It noticed day by day infections fall from a peak above 4,000 in June 2020 to under the 100-mark in early January.