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Saudi Arabia Warns Against Traveling to 12 Countries Without Prior Permission

The Saudi Ministry of Interior recently issued a warning letter to its citizens urging them not travel to a number of countries without obtaining prior permits from the concerned authorities, in light of the security conditions and instability prevailing in a number of countries, the continuing outbreak of the new coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19), and the spread of a new mutated strain of the virus.

This came from a source in the Saudi Interior department, according to what was reported by the official news agency in the Kingdom (SPA).

 “Following the statement issued on 24 Jumada Al-Uola 1442 AH corresponding to January 8, 2021 AD regarding permission to travel outside the Kingdom and coming into it, starting from 8/18/1442 AH, corresponding to 31/3/2021 AD, and in the interest of the state for the safety and security of citizens wishing to travel abroad when the time for the aforementioned travel is due, and in light of the security conditions and instability prevailing in a number of countries, and the continuing outbreak of the new coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) and the spread of the A strain new mutated version of the virus, as the Ministry of Interior has warned citizens against traveling to a number of countries without obtaining prior permission from the concerned authorities,” the statement read.

The source explained that these countries are: “Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iran, Turkey, Armenia, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Belarus, and any other countries in which the pandemic has not yet been controlled or the spread of the mutated strain has been proven. “

The Ministry called on “citizens who are present, or who may be in these countries in the future, to initiate urgent registration with the Kingdom’s embassies there.

Moreover, it called on citizens wishing to travel to the permitted countries to exercise caution and stay away from areas where instability prevails or witnesses the spread of the virus, and to follow procedures.

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