A three-year travel ban and hefty penalties have been announced by Saudi Arabia, on citizens who visit countries on the kingdom’s COVID-19 red list, including India.
The Gulf News on Tuesday quoted a report based on the state-run Saudi Press Agency that, “Travelling to the banned countries is an obvious violation of COVID-19 related travel restrictions and the Kingdom’s updated instructions.”
The red-list countries include the UAE, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iran, Turkey, Armenia, Ethiopia, Somalia, Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Belarus, India, and Vietnam. According to the SPA report, an official at the Saudi Ministry of Interior has warned Saudi citizens not to travel to countries put on the no-travel list. These nations are currently experiencing a surge in COVID-19 and its variants. The source also said that there are reports of people traveling to red-listed countries violating the instructions issued by official authorities and they shall be held accountable and heavily penalized.
It is also urged to the citizens to be cautious and stay away from areas where instability prevails or the virus is spreading and should take precautionary measures regardless of their destination. As per Tuesday’s report, the kingdom’s COVID-19 tally stands at 520,774 including 11,136 active cases and 8,189 total death tolls.