Saudi extends ban on international flights by another week
Published: 11:24 AM, 28 December 2020 Updated: 03:20 PM, 28 December 2020
Saudi Arabia on Monday has been extending the ban for another week on entry to the country by air, land and sea.
In a statement by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the decision was taken by the Ministry of Interior as a precautionary measure against the spread of the new variant of COVID-19 which has been detected in a number of countries.
Meanwhile, the non-Saudi citizens are allowed to leave the Kingdom, the statement said.
It added that the ministry is assessing the current situation and the travel ban could be further extended if necessary.
The new strain of Covid-19 emerged earlier this month in the United Kingdom and has already reached several countries around the world, including the Middle East. More than 50 countries had imposed travel restrictions on the UK.
Saudi Arabia abruptly shutdown all international flights for a week on December 21.