Saudi Arabia bars Saudi nationals from traveling to Iran starting Feb. 21 until further notice. Additional travel restrictions possible.

Severity: Informational Alert

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Jeddah
  • Riyadh
  • Yanbu
  • Jazan
  • Mecca
  • Medina
  • Najran
  • Abha

This alert began 21 Feb 2020 20:59 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: Feb. 21
  • Impact: Entry restrictions; health screenings; likely increased immigration wait times

Summary
Authorities announced they will bar Saudi nationals from traveling to Iran starting Feb. 21. Non-Saudi nationals traveling from Iran will not be able to enter the country; only Saudi citizens who are already in Iran will be permitted to enter the Kingdom. These individuals will be subjected to health screenings and may be quarantined for a period of 14 days.

The travel restrictions come two days after Iranian officials confirmed the deaths of two individuals from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the city of Qom in Qom Province. The purpose of the restrictions is to prevent the spread of the disease. The World Health Organization has declared the ongoing outbreak of the virus to be a global health emergency. COVID-19 originated in China's Wuhan City in Hubei Province.

Advice
Individuals affected by the restrictions should postpone planned travel. Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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