Coronavirus Strain: Saudi Extends Passenger Flights Ban By Another Week

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has extended its suspension of all international commercial flights for another week in view of the new coronavirus strain.

However, the country will allow flights in “exceptional cases”, an interior ministry official said, as per the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Foreigners will be allowed to depart the kingdom and cargo movement will be permitted, it added.

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman suspended passenger flights and banned entry and exit via their land and sea borders last week after a new strain of the novel coronavirus appeared in Britain.

Oman and Kuwait said they plan to lift the ban on December 29 and January 1, respectively.

Last Sunday, health authorities said any passenger who had returned from any country where the new strain had been detected, starting from December 8, must self-isolate for 2 weeks from the date of entering the kingdom.

Earlier this month, the kingdom kicked off a Covid-19 vaccination campaign, using the Pfizer-BioNTech jab.