In response to the re-outbreak of Covid 19 and the rapid surge in the number of daily Covid infections over the last few weeks, Saudi Arabia has issued a ban for its citizens to travel to sixteen countries.
The General Directorate of Passports announced the list of countries, including
- The Democratic Republic of Congo
In addition, the General Directorate of Passports (Jazawat) emphasized that the validity period of passports for Saudi citizens who wish to travel to non-Arab countries must be more than six months.
Meanwhile, for citizens traveling to Arab countries, the passport’s validity period must be more than three months. Jazawat announced information regarding the travel requirements of Saudis abroad in a statement on its official Twitter account.
On Saturday, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health recorded 414 new COVID-19 infections, with the weekly figure experiencing a five-fold increase compared to cases detected from March to April. So far, there have been 81 critical cases in the Kingdom with Covid-related deaths reported.
Until this article was written, there was no information regarding how long the travel ban will be enforced in sixteen countries for Saudi citizens. However, it is known that these measurements do not apply to passengers entering the Kingdom.
Expats can go to any country and return to Saudi Arabia without quarantine requirements starting on 22 May. However, they are asked to be careful when traveling to the 16 countries mentioned above.
At the same time, the Saudi Ministry of Health has assured the public that zero monkeypox cases have been detected within the country. Abdullah Asiri, Deputy Minister of Health, said that the Kingdom’s health sector could detect and monitor suspected cases of monkeypox and illuminate infections if any new case emerges.
The World Health Organization (WHO) noted that around 80 cases of monkeypox had been confirmed in 11 countries, warning that more cases were likely to be reported.