KSA suspends all international flights

The Foreign Ministry said the freeze will last for two weeks

Saudi Arabia last year opened a new terminal at its international airport in Jeddah (Image credit: Arabian Business
Saudi Arabia last year opened a new terminal at its international airport in Jeddah (Image credit: Arabian Business

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry has announced all international flights have been halted to and from the Kingdom.

The Ministry made the announcement on Saturday, explaining the suspension will last for two weeks. Reported by sister publication Arabian Business, the decision was made in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The suspension applies to all but there will be "exceptional cases," the official Saudi Press Agency said, quoting an official source in the interior ministry. Arabian Business highlighted that citizens and expats who are unable to return to the Kingdom due to the suspension will be given “exceptional official holiday.”

The blanket suspension comes just a week after KSA issued travel bans to Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Korea, Egypt, Italy, the UAE and Iran.

According to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) 54th situation report on COVID-19, Saudi Arabia has 62 confirmed cases and zero deaths. The UAE meanwhile has 85 officially confirmed cases and zero deaths.

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