Riyadh — The Ministry of Interior announced today on Sunday its suspension of flights (Covid-19) to and from seven countries; Malawi, Zambia, Angola, Madagascar, Seychelles, Comoros, and Mauritius.
The ministry source stated that this decision is based on the emergence of an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in these countries.
It is also a precautionary measure based on the situation reported to the health authorities in Saudi Arabia; regarding the emergence of a mutated strain of the coronavirus (COVID-19) “Omicron” in several African countries.
The ministry announced that the non-Saudi passengers arriving directly or indirectly from the countries mentioned above; are required to have a 14 day stay in another state before being allowed entry to Saudi Arabia.
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Saudis nationals are permitted entry from these states, while other nationals require a 14-day quarantine. The exempted arriving from these seven countries will undergo a five-day compulsory quarantine regardless of their vaccination status.
Any traveler entering the Kingdom from the announced countries or having passed through them, as of Nov. 1, 2021, must present a negative PCR test result for the virus, conducted after arriving in the Kingdom.
The suspension of flights comes on reports of a new coronavirus variant, ‘Omicron,’ present in these countries. Saudi authorities have already suspended flights to and from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Eswatini.