Latest on travel restrictions impose due to coronavirus

By Backend Office, Desk Reporter
    Corona Virus

    Bahrain
    Entry and transit ban for foreign nationals who have visited China, Iran, Iraq or South Korea or Thailand in the 14 days prior to travel to Bahrain (this does not apply to nationals of Bahrain and other GCC countries, foreign residents in Bahrain as well as military personnel and those with special approval from the Ministry of Interior).

    Restrictions: no visa-on-arrival will be issued to individuals who have been to Hong Kong SAR, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Singapore or Thailand in the 14 days prior to traveling to Bahrain; they must obtain a visa prior to their departure (this does not apply to those with special approval from the Ministry of Interior).

    Quarantine for nationals of Bahrain and other GCC countries as well as foreign residents in Bahrain who have visited or transited through China, Hong Kong SAR, Iran or Iraq in the 14 days prior to travel to Bahrain.

    Self-quarantine for nationals of Bahrain and other GCC countries as well as foreign residents in Bahrain who have visited or transited through Egypt, Italy or South Korea in the 14 days prior to travel to Bahrain.

    Kuwait

    Entry ban for nationals of China, Hong Kong SAR, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand.

    Entry ban for foreign nationals with a residence permit or visa issued by China or Hong Kong SAR who have visited China or Hong Kong SAR in the 14 days prior to entry.

    Entry ban for foreign nationals who have visited Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria or Thailand in the 14 days prior to travel to Kuwait (this does not apply to nationals of Kuwait).

    Entry ban for nationals of GCC countries, including nationals of Kuwait, traveling with their national identity card (they must use their passport for entry).

    Restrictions: effective 8 March 2020 passengers arriving from Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Georgia, India, Lebanon, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Syria, and Turkey must obtain a medical certificate issued by an authorized health center indicating that they are free from the coronavirus (COVID-19) (this does not apply to Kuwaiti nationals).

    Oman
    Entry ban for nationals of China, Iran, and Italy (this does not apply to individuals with a valid residence permit and returning to Oman).

    Entry ban for foreign nationals who have visited China, Iran, Italy or South Korea in the 14 days prior to travel to Oman (this does not apply to Omani nationals).

    Entry ban for nationals of GCC countries, including nationals of Oman, traveling with their national identity card (they must use their passport for entry).

    Quarantine for passengers arriving from Japan or Singapore (this does not apply to nationals of China, Iran, and Italy who are not allowed to enter).

    Qatar
    Entry ban for individuals who have been to Egypt (including those holding a valid residence permit for Qatar) in the 14 days prior to 1 March 2020 (this does not apply to Qatari nationals).

    Entry ban for nationals of GCC countries, including nationals of Qatar, traveling with their national identity card (they must use their passport for entry).

    Self-quarantine for foreign nationals who have been to China, Iran, Japan, Singapore or South Korea in the 14 days prior to 1 March 2020.

    Saudi Arabia
    Entry ban for foreign nationals who have visited or transited through China, Hong Kong SAR, Iran, Macau SAR or Taiwan SAR in the 14 days prior to travel to Saudi Arabia.

    Entry ban for foreign nationals with a visit visa for tourism traveling from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Somalia, South Korea, Syria, Thailand, Taiwan SAR, Uzbekistan, Vietnam or Yemen.

    Entry ban for foreign nationals traveling with a visit visa for Umrah; and (only reported by IATA) for holders of a visit visa for tourism traveling to Medina (MED).

    Entry ban for nationals of GCC countries, including nationals of Saudi Arabia, traveling with their national identity card (they must use their passport for entry).

    Restrictions: nationals and foreign residents of GCC countries can enter only if they remained in that GCC country continuously for a minimum of 14 days before traveling to Saudi Arabia.

    Restrictions: effective 7 March 2020 individuals traveling from any country considered by the Saudi authorities as affected by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, and who resided in those countries during the 14 days prior to entering Saudi Arabia, must have a medical certificate issued by an authorized health center, indicating that they are free from the coronavirus (COVID-19); the certificate must be issued no earlier than 24 hours before anticipated entry (this applies to holders of all types of visas and regardless of the date of issuance of the visa).

    Restrictions: entry of all individuals traveling from Bahrain, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates is allowed only through the international airports in Riyadh (RUH), Jeddah (JED) and Dammam (DMM); entry through land borders with these three countries is restricted to commercial trucks only and under specific conditions.

    United Arab Emirates
    Entry and transit ban for nationals of Iran (only reported by IATA). This does not apply to holders of valid residence permit for the United Arab Emirates, provided that they obtain an ‘OK to board’ approval prior to traveling.

    Entry ban for nationals of GCC countries, including nationals of the United Arab Emirates, traveling with their national identity card (they must use their passport for entry).

    Quarantine for travelers who have been tested positive against COVID-19 on arrival in the United Arab Emirates. Medical screening for travelers arriving from high-risk countries (this does not apply to transit passengers), including a swab test.

     

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