Emirates to return Saudis home following travel ban

The airline will run flights to Riyadh, Jeddah and Damman

Saudi Arabia has 15 confirmed cases of coronavirus
Saudi Arabia has 15 confirmed cases of coronavirus

Emirates Airline has announced it will operate a handful of flights to Riyadh, Jeddah and Damman from Dubai.

Despite the Kingdom’s recent travel ban to countries including the UAE, Emirates has received confirmation that it can fly between the two countries from March 12-15.

A repatriation effort, outgoing flights are only for Saudi nationals currently in Dubai. Sister publication Arabian Business reported that other nationals holding permits for the G20 Summit will be allowed to travel to Riyadh. The return Emirates flights from these three Saudi airports will only be open to non-Saudi nationals.

Earlier this week, KSA banned travel to a number of countries hit by the coronavirus. These include Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Korea, Egypt, Italy and Iran.|

According to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) 50th situation report on COVID-19, Saudi Arabia has 15 confirmed cases. Elsewhere in the region, Oman has 18 cases, Lebanon has 41, the UAE and Egypt have 59 and Kuwait and Bahrain have 65 and 109 respectively.

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