Saudi Arabia Bans Travel to and from UAE, Vietnam, Ethiopia and Afghanistan

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Flights to and from UAE, Ethiopia and Vietnam as well as Afghanistan will be suspended on Sunday. — File photo

There will be institutional quarantine for all passengers, whether citizens or foreigners, coming from these four countries

Team Clarion

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia has banned the travel of citizens to and from UAE, Ethiopia and Vietnam without prior permission over concerns about the spread of more-infectious variants of the coronavirus, the Saudi Ministry of Interior announced early on Saturday, local media reported.

Flights to and from these countries as well as Afghanistan will be suspended on Sunday, July 4, at 11 p.m, the Saudi Gazette reported.

The ban will apply to anyone who has been in those four countries within the last 14 days, according to report.

There will be institutional quarantine for all passengers, whether citizens or foreigners, coming from these countries, after this date, sources said. However Citizens who intend to return before that date will be spared institutional quarantine.

Saudis were given permission to travel to certain countries outside the Kingdom from May 17, provided they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or recovered after catching the virus.

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