Amid rising COVID-19 cases, Saudi Arabia has put several countries under its “red list”. Citizens are not supposed to travel to these countries in order to curb the virus spread. We all are aware of the COVID-19 Delta variant spreading across the world. Henceforth, in order to ensure safety, the Arab country has decided to restrict travel to several countries.
Three Years Ban on those who Travel to the “Red List” Countries: Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia will impose a three-year travel ban on citizens who travel to these “red list” countries. The new announcement comes amid rising COVID-19 cases across the world. However, the Arab country has put several countries on the red list in order to curb the virus spread. It is protecting its citizens from the virus and all its emerging variants. Henceforth, anyone who travels to these countries amid the restrictions will face a three-year ban in the country.
Citizens will Face Severe Penalties for Breaking the Rules
Besides the three-years ban, Saudi Arabia will impose heavy penalties on those people who travel to these red list countries. The announcement cited the name of a ministry authority that allowed people to travel abroad without any prior permission. Moreover, the country has banned travel to several countries since March 2020. It was until May this year when several people flew abroad without prior permission and broke the rules.
Which Countries are under the “Red List”?
Saudi Arabia has banned travel to several countries and listed them under the “red list”. However, some of these red-listed countries are as follows:
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates
COVID-19 Situation in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia officials have made it very clear that citizens are not supposed to travel to these countries directly or via another country. Moreover, they said that people should ban travel to any country where new variants are emerging. The gulf country recorded 1,379 new infections on Tuesday. However, their total tally accounts at 520,774 cases and 8,189 deaths.