Saudi authorities bar all travel to and from China for nationals and residents, Feb. 6.

Severity: Informational Alert

This alert began 06 Feb 2020 10:05 GMT and is scheduled to expire 19 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Entry restrictions; likely increased immigration wait times

Saudi authorities have prohibited all travel to and from China for Saudi nationals and residents of the country Feb. 6. Citizens and residents who do not abide by the new regulation will not be permitted entry into the kingdom. The travel restrictions will impact all major airports in the country, including King Fahd International Airport (DMM), King Khalid International Airport (RUH), and King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED). Authorities have already implemented increased screening procedures within airports; Saudi's national airline, Saudia (SV), suspended all services to mainland China, Feb. 2.

The ban comes amid the ongoing outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which originated in China's Wuhan City in Hubei Province. The purpose of the travel restrictions is to prevent the spread of the disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the virus a global health emergency.

Impacted persons should contact the authorities for further information. Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with 2019-nCoV, 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.