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01 Aug 2020 | 04:29 PM UTC

Saudi Arabia: Authorities extend visas for expats outside of the Kingdom until October 27 /update 42

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Saudi Arabian authorities extend visas for expatriates outside of the Kingdom until October 27; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/1/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/28/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Riyadh). COUNTRY/REGION Saudi Arabia

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Event

The Saudi Arabian government extended the validity of all expired visas for expatriates currently outside of the Kingdom until October 27. The extension has been implemented to ease the return of Saudi Arabian residents who are unable to return due to the current ban on international flights, which were introduced as a result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

On June 21, Saudi Arabian authorities lifted the nationwide curfew and resumed all economic activities. Additionally, all modes of public transportation are permitted to operate at full capacity and there are no restrictions on travel to and from airports and ports.

As of Saturday, August 1, Saudia Arabian authorities have recorded over 275,000 confirmed cases of the COVID-19. The current total now stands at 277,478 cases and 2867 associated fatalities.

Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone non-essential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the virus.

 

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