Saudi Arabia has decided to temporarily suspend all international flights for two weeks starting from Sunday as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus, Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday quoting an official source in the Ministry of Interior.
The citizens and expatriates who are unable to return due to the suspension or who go into quarantine after returning will be granted an “exceptional official holiday,” the SPA report added.
According to the report, the Ministry of Health in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) and other relevant agencies will make arrangements for the arrival of citizens who wish to return, as the relevant procedures will be announced within a week.
The suspension will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, the ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.
Some flights would only be allowed in “exceptional cases” during the two-week period, the ministry said.
On Saturday, 17 new cases of COVID-19 infections were reported in the Kingdom, raising the total to 103 from the 86 on Friday.