Saudi Arabia limits entry for GCC citizens, residents amid coronavirus concerns

An Immigration officer assists cars arriving during rush hour at the Bahrain Immigration check point at King Fahd Causeway. (Reuters)

Saudi Arabia will be taking additional measures to restrict citizens and residents from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries from entering the Kingdom for 14 days after returning from outside the region due to coronavirus concerns, state news agency SPA reported.

Travelers coming from any fellow GCC state, which include the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar, must spend 14 continuous days in that country and show no signs of the coronavirus before being granted entry, SPA reported citing the Kingdom’s interior ministry.

SPA also cited an interior ministry source as saying that Saudi citizens or residents entering from a GCC country must inform authorities upon arrival in the Kingdom of any travel outside the GCC in the preceding 14 days.

This means that professionals who work in Saudi Arabia from GCC states will be fine to enter the Kingdom if they have not left the GCC in the last 14 days. However, if they leave the GCC to a third-party country, they must then wait 14 days before entering the Kingdom.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57
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