Emirati citizens in the Kingdom have been requested to return to the UAE
11 March 2020| Last updated on 12 March 2020
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In light of the current situation, the UAE Embassy is currently facilitating the return of nationals from the Kingdom.
The UAE Embassy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced that it is coordinating with the Kingdom to arrange for the return of Emirati citizens.
The Embassy noted that it coordinated with UAE national carriers Emirates Airlines and Etihad Airways and Saudi national carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines to operate flights for the next 72 hours according to the announced schedule. It commended in this regard the notable cooperation shown by officials of the national carriers in question.
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The UAE Embassy also expressed its appreciation to Saudi authorities for their support in facilitating these measures in light of precautions undertaken by the Kingdom to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19.
Coronavirus in Saudi Arabia
Following US President Trump's recent decision to ban travel to and from Europe, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has followed suit.
Travel between 39 countries and the Kingdom has been temporarily banned in efforts to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. The list of countries includes European Union members as well as Switzerland, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Sudan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Eritrea, Kenya, Djibouti, and Somalia.
These are in addition to suspended travel to Oman, France, Germany, Turkey, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Italy, and South Korea.
At the time of writing, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a number of 45 confirmed coronavirus cases.