Saudi Arabia bans entry of expats from 20 countries

The Ministry of Interior of Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended non-citizens coming to Saudi Arabia from 20 countries starting from 9:00 pm Wednesday, Feb 02, 2021, except diplomats, health practitioners, and their families.

1-Argentina.

2-The United Arab Emirates.

3-Germany.

4-The United States of America.

5-Indonesia.

6-Ireland.

7-Italy.

8-Pakistan.

9-Brazil.

10-Portugal

11-The United Kingdom.

12-Turkey.

13-South Africa

14-Sweden.

15-Switzerland.

16-France.

17-Lebanon.

18-Egypt.

19-India.

20-Japan.

If someone has visited any of these countries in the preceding 14 days, he would not be allowed to enter Saudi Arabia.

The Ministry also indicated that this decision will be implemented starting from 9:00 pm Wednesday, Feb 02, 2021.

Saudi Citizens, Diplomats, health practitioners, and their families who have been to any of the aforementioned countries in the preceding 14 days would be required to self-quarantine for 14 days in Saudi Arabia.

Is the departure allowed? People who are currently in Saudi Arabia are allowed to travel out of the Kingdom to these countries provided that the airline does not cancel their flights. The ban is only imposed upon entry to the Kingdom.

Source: SPA

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.