Saudi Arabia had decided to suspend entry into the country from 20 countries around the globe that includes UK and India, to contain the spread of Corona virus across the country. Ministry of Interior had released a statement stated “that entry ban will go into effect from Wednesday, February 3, at 9pm”, and it is reported in the state news channel Saudi Press Agency.
Apart from the US and India, the temporary ban also includes Lebanon, Turkey, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland. Travellers from Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Pakistan, and South Africa have also been barred from entering the country.
The temporary suspension of permission to enter the kingdom will be effective to anyone who comes from, or has transited through any of those countries, 14 days prior to the date they wish to enter the country.
However, an exception will be made for diplomats, Saudi citizens, medical practitioners and their families.
Saudi Arabia has also launched a vaccination programme from December 17 after it has received the first vaccine shipment delivery from Pfizer-BioNTech. India has also extended the suspension of programmed commercial international flights till 11.59 pm on February 28, 2021. This constraint, however, will not be applicable to international cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA.