Saudi Arabia suspends travel from 20 international locations, together with US

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Feb 3, 2021

Saudi Arabia has banned travel from 20 international locations in a bid to curb the coronavirus and stop fast-spreading variants from reaching the dominion, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) introduced on Tuesday.

Diplomats, well being care staff and their households are exempt from the travel order, which begins at 9 p.m. on Wednesday and consists of vacationers from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, the United States and the United Kingdom.

“The decision will include those travelers coming from other countries if they passed through any of the 20 banned countries 14 days preceding the request to enter the kingdom,” a supply from the Interior Ministry informed SPA.

Saudi Arabia has additionally prolonged its ban on Saudi residents touring overseas, pushing again the lifting of the restrictions from March 31 to May 17. The Interior Ministry mentioned the choice was made after scheduled shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine had been delayed. The Saudi authorities in December first suspended industrial flights in and overseas after a brand new, extra contagious pressure of the virus emerged within the United Kingdom and South Africa.

Saudi Minister of Health Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah mentioned Wednesday that the Health Ministry will start to administer “huge quantities” of coronavirus vaccines over the following a number of days, reviews Arab News. Saudi Arabia has made vaccines free to residents and hopes to vaccinate as much as 70% of the inhabitants by the tip of 2021. The kingdom launched its vaccination drive in mid-December, with 85-year-old King Salman among the many first to obtain a jab.

The Health Ministry on Wednesday introduced 306 new coronavirus instances, bringing the whole quantity to 368,945 because the begin of the pandemic. The nation of 30 million folks has recorded 6,386 deaths from the virus.