Saudi Arabia bans citizen and expat travel to China
Saudi Arabia has put a ban on flights to China, stopping its citizens and expats from travelling to the country.
The suspension of flights means that no flights out of The Kingdom will land in any Chinese city, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency.
The General Directorate of Passports said the reason for the travel ban is the coronavirus outbreak currently ongoing in China. Anyone found to have violated the law shall be held accountable and would be unable to re-enter Saudi Arabia.
The General Directorate urged Saudis who are already in China to tell Saudi official 15-days before their embark date.
Just last week, Saudi Arabia flew back 10 students who were studying in the city of Wuhan during the outbreak. The ministry has said that each has been safely returned, and are healthy and virus-free.
Tawfiq Al Rabia –Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Health – has said that there are currently no cases of the coronavirus in the country so far.
This comes as the coronavirus appears to be even more infectious than previously thought. A new study published on Friday in the medical journal JAMA found that 41 per cent of the first 138 patients who caught the virus did so while in hospital.