Saudi Arabia Bars Travel to Indonesia over Pandemic

SourceAsharq AL-awsat
SectorTourism
CountrySaudi Arabia

Locals wearing protective masks, to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), stand in line to receive assistance from Indonesian president in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 16, 2021. (Reuters)

Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday it was barring its citizens from traveling to Indonesia over concerns about the coronavirus outbreak there.

An official source at the Interior Ministry said the decision is based on the Kingdom’s keenness on the safety of its citizens, reported the Saudi Press Agency.

It urged Saudis in Indonesia to exercise caution and avoid areas with high infection rates.

Indonesia has one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks due to a rapid spread of the Delta variant, reporting around 1,000 deaths from the respiratory disease each day in the past week, including a new record on Wednesday of 1,383 fatalities.

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