TRAVEL ALERT | Saudi Arabia Temporarily Suspends International Flights

RIYADH – – Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended all international passenger flights for citizens and residents over fears about the fast – spreading new variant of the coronavirus.

The Saudi Interior Ministry said that the one – week flight ban may be extended ‘until medical information about the nature of this virus becomes clear’.

The country’s land and sea ports will also close for a week.

The government ordered anyone who has returned from or passed through a European country over the past three months to get tested for COVID-19 immediately.

The procedures will be reviewed upon COVID-19 developments as well as reports received from the Saudi Ministry of Health.

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