Following another Covid-19 outbreak, Saudi Arabia has banned citizens from travelling to 16 countries
Medical authorities in Saudi Arabia recorded 621 new cases of Covid-19 on 17 May 2022.
Following the spike in cases, Saudi authorities have banned citizens from travelling to 16 countries considered to pose high risk.
India and Turkey – both popular outbound destinations for Saudi travellers – are among the countries on the list. Saudi Airlines only just resumed commercial flights to Istanbul at the start of May after a hiatus of almost two years due to the pandemic. On the 21 May, the Turkish Ministry of Health recorded 1,264 new Covid-19 infections.
Saudi Arabia’s Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat) issued the complete list the countries that citizens are prohibited to travel to. They are:
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Russia Al-Bayda