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Saudis breaking COVID travel rules face 3-year exit ban

Saudi Arabia warns that citizens visiting destinations on its list of countries blacklisted due to COVID-19 will face three-year travel bans following their return.

Those found to have traveled to restricted countries would face “hefty penalties… as well as being prevented from traveling abroad for a period of three years,” the interior ministry says on Twitter.

“Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the spread of new variants, the ministry warns against traveling to countries on its (restricted) list, whether directly or indirectly via other countries.”

According to the kingdom’s state airline Saudia, citizens are barred from traveling to 16 countries, including the neighboring United Arab Emirates.

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