Saudi bans entry to the Kingdom for arrivals from UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain



An official source at the Ministry of Interior stated that, in accordance with the preventive and precautionary measures recommended by the competent health authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as part of its continuous development of efforts to prevent transmission, infection and eradication of the new corona virus (covid 19). And out of concern to protect the health of citizens and residents and ensure their safety, the Kingdom’s government has decided the following:

First: Temporary entry to the Kingdom for arrivals from the United Arab Emirates, the State of Kuwait, and the Kingdom of Bahrain is restricted to the air ports in the following airports: King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, and King Fahd International Airport in Dammam. Passage shall be through land ports between the Kingdom and these countries for commercial trucks only. Provided that the Ministry of Health takes all necessary precautions at the aforementioned airports, as well as vis-à-vis the drivers and escorts of those trucks in the land ports, where these measures start immediately.

With regard to the entry of Saudi citizens and residents in the Kingdom from the three countries, this procedure will enter into force at 11:55 pm on Saturday 12 Rajab 1441 AH corresponding to March 7, 2020 AD.

Second: All who wish to come to the Kingdom according to a new visa or a valid visa, from any country where the risk of the spread of the new Corona virus (covid 19) - according to the list approved by the competent health authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - must submit a laboratory certificate PCR Proven free of infection with the new corona virus. This applies to those who resided in those countries during the (14) days prior to entering the Kingdom.

The air carrier must ensure that the laboratory certificate is sound, and that it is recent and issued within the twenty-four hours prior to the passenger boarding.

Third: The embassies of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in the countries referred to in Clause (Second) identify specific laboratories accredited by the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

The responsible source in the Ministry of Interior excluded from the previous procedures, humanitarian and social cases, according to what the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Health deemed appropriate.