Residents given 72 hours to return to Saudi Arabia in new travel ban

Marje Pelayo

SAUDI ARABIA – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Thursday (March 12) included Filipinos in the list of countries whose citizens are temporarily banned entry due to fears of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The new travel ban now covers all countries in the European Union plus the following countries:

  • Djibouti
  • Ethiopia
  • Eritrea
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Switzerland

The 13 countries are in addition to 14 nations earlier issued with a travel ban to the Kingdom due to health concerns.

In relation to the ban, all Saudis and legal residents are given 72 hours to return to the Kingdom.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) meanwhile clarified that the travel ban does not cover Filipinos who are health practitioners.

The Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia is still verifying the specific details of the ban such labor arrangements in case foreign workers fail to enter the Kingdom within the 72 hour deadline.

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