Saudi Arabia is temporarily stopping entry into the Kingdom by land from the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Bahrain, as a precaution against the spread of the COVID-19) coronavirus. Only commercial trucks coming from the three Gulf neighbours would be allowed, but they have to undergo health inspection.
Arrivals from the three countries would be limited to three airports starting 11:55 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2020. These airports are King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, and King Fahd International Airport in Dammam.
The report also said anyone who wishes to enter Saudi Arabia from any country where the risk of the spread of COVID-19 is high “must submit a laboratory test certificate proving that he or she is free of infection with the new coronavirus”. This applies to those who resided in those countries during the (14) days prior to entering the Kingdom.
The air carrier must ensure that the laboratory certificate is safe and that it is recent and issued within the twenty-four hours prior to the passenger boarding.
As a precautionary measure, the Kingdom has suspended the annual Umrah pilgrimage and efforts are being undertaken to disinfect the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, as well as all mosques in the Kingdom.