Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday that it had suspended all international flights for two weeks, starting from Sunday, to curb the spread of the new Corona virus, according to the Saudi Press Agency.
"The government of the Kingdom decided to suspend international flights for travelers - except in exceptional cases - for a period of two weeks," the agency said, quoting an official source in the Ministry of Interior. The suspension of international flights will begin on Sunday 15 March.
According to the agency, "This will be considered an exceptional official leave for citizens and residents who were unable to return due to suspension of flights, or quarantine was applied to them after their return to the Kingdom, whether it was in designated headquarters of the Ministry of Health or directed from them to isolate themselves in their homes."
Saudi Arabia has recorded 86 cases of the virus so far, according to the Ministry of Health.
The Kingdom suspended the performance of Umrah for fear of the arrival of the Corona Virus, the new mosque in the Holy Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, and prevented entry and exit from the Qatif Province in the east of the Kingdom.