Saudi Arabia suspends entry for non-citizens from 20 countries over coronavirus fears

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia has suspended entry to the Kingdom for non-citizens, including diplomats, health practitioners, and their families, from 20 specific countries as it steps up efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday citing an official source at the Interior Ministry.

According to the source, the following countries are on the list:

Argentina, United Arab Emirates, Germany, United States, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Pakistan, Brazil, Portugal, United Kingdom, Turkey, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Lebanon, Egypt, India, and Japan.

The move, which will come into force at 9 p.m. (KSA time) on Wednesday (Feb. 3), comes as part of the Kingdom's precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.