DUBAI — Saudi Arabia on Thursday expanded the listing of nations its residents and residents are banned from visiting to incorporate the European Union, simply an hour after an analogous journey ban on the EU from the US.
In an announcement from the Inside Ministry carried by the official press company, journey for its residents and expatriate residents was suspended to the European Union, Switzerland, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Sudan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Eritrea, Kenya, and Somalia.
Many of those nations are but to report instances of the virus.
Anybody coming from these nations or who has been in them inside the previous 14 days are additionally banned from getting into the dominion.
Land ports with neighboring Jordan have additionally been closed to all however industrial site visitors.
On Monday, Saudi Arabia introduced comparable journey bans to the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, South Korea, Egypt, Italy and Iraq.
Saudi residents and international residents have 72 hours to return to the dominion earlier than the ban will take impact on them. The nationwide airline, Saudia, mentioned it could proceed operating flights to Paris till Friday.
An exemption for the choice has been granted to Filipinos and Indians working within the well being professions or concerned in delivery and commerce.
The assertion mentioned the transfer was a part of “decided efforts to manage the virus, forestall its entry and unfold, and based mostly on the priority to guard the well being of residents and expatriates and guarantee their security.”
Saudi Arabia has solely reported 45 instances of the virus, however the numbers are rising swiftly amongst its neighbors. UAE has reported 74 instances, Kuwait has 72, and Bahrain 195.
Qatar, a tiny rich emirate subsequent to Saudi Arabia, reported an alarming spike of 238 new instances on Wednesday, all residents of the identical compound.
By far, nevertheless, the most important supply of the an infection within the area is Iran, positioned throughout the Persian Gulf from Saudi Arabia and already internet hosting greater than 9,000 instances, together with a number of politicians and high officers.
Saudi Arabia’s japanese province of Qatif, whose primarily Shiite residents have been identified to journey to Iran, was the preliminary focus of its infections and on March 10, the entire area was placed on lock down, with roads out and in blocked. Faculties throughout the dominion have additionally been shut down.