Saudi Arabia warns against travel to countries where COVID-19 ‘not under control’

Saudi Arabia warns against travel to countries where COVID-19 ‘not under control’
Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry warned citizens against travel to a number of countries without obtaining permission. (File/AFP)
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Updated 13 January 2021

Saudi Arabia warns against travel to countries where COVID-19 ‘not under control’

Saudi Arabia warns against travel to countries where COVID-19 ‘not under control’
  • Decision made in light of instability in specific countries and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic
  • Citizens travelling to “permitted” countries should be careful and take necessary precautions

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry warned citizens on Wednesday against travel to a number of countries without obtaining permission.
People wishing to travel from March 31 onwards should obtain permission prior to traveling to Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iran, Turkey, Armenia, Somalia, DR Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Belarus and any other country where the coronavirus pandemic is not under control or that has a variant of the virus spreading through it.
The statement said the decision had been taken in light of the lack of stability in specific countries, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the detection of a new variant of the virus.
The ministry called on citizens currently in any of the specified countries and those who will travel there at a later date to register at the Kingdom’s embassy.
The ministry added that citizens travelling to other countries should be careful and should not travel to unstable areas or areas where the spread of COVID-19 is rife.


Saudi royals offer condolences to Indonesia’s quake victims

Saudi royals offer condolences to Indonesia’s quake victims
Updated 19 January 2021

Saudi royals offer condolences to Indonesia’s quake victims

Saudi royals offer condolences to Indonesia’s quake victims
  • At least 56 people were killed and 820 injured in the quake that left 15,000 people displaced

RIYADH: The Saudi King and Crown Prince have offered their condolences to President Joko Widodo of Indonesia after an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale hit Sulawesi island on Friday, state news agency SPA reported.

According to the disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) at least 56 people were killed and 820 injured in the quake that left 15,000 people displaced.

King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman offered their sympathy to the families of those killed and wished a speedy recovery for the injured.