Infectious New COVID-19 Strain Leads To Saudi Arabia, Kuwait & Oman To SHUT Borders


Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have sealed ALL ports of entry into the countries for a week (subject to extension), with Oman to follow suit.

These Gulf states have taken drastic preventative measures amid mounting fears over the new mutated COVID-19 strain to ensure the safety of their citizens and residents, as the new variant has been deemed as 70% much more transmissible.

The Kingdom blocked entry through land and seaports earlier this week on Sunday, in light of the emergence of the fast-spreading strain of COVID-19 in the UK and other EU countries.

Kuwait also suspended all international commercial flights from 11pm on Monday, December 21 until January 1, 2021. However, cargo operations will continue as normal.

Furthermore, starting today, Oman, land, air and sea borders will be shut for one week. (The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has been urging Emirati citizens in Oman to return before the initiation of the temporary entry and exit ban from the country).

Emirates and Etihad have temporarily suspended passenger flights after Saudi shut borders

After the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson revealed the emergence of the infectious new strain, more than 40 countries have banned travel to and from the UK

The list of countries that have restricted travel to and from the UK include:

  1. France
  2. Belgium
  3. Germany
  4. Ireland
  5. Netherlands
  6. Spain
  7. Switzerland
  8. Italy
  9. Russia
  10. Austria
  11. Denmark
  12. Sweden
  13. Norway
  14. Croatia
  15. Bulgaria
  16. Malta
  17. Finland
  18. Poland
  19. Portugal
  20. Hungary
  21. Czech Republic
  22. Slovakia
  23. North Macedonia
  24. Israel
  25. Oman
  26. Saudi Arabia
  27. Iran
  28. Turkey
  29. Jordan
  30. Sudan
  31. Tunisia
  32. Canada
  33. Peru
  34. El Salvador
  35. Chile
  36. Argentina
  37. Jamaica
  38. India
  39. Grenada
  40. Hong Kong
  41. Pakistan

We’ve fought COVID long and hard now, let’s keep our fight going and remain responsible towards ourselves, our loved ones and society!

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UAE authorities are reminding all visitors and residents in the country to wear their face mask when in public at ALL TIMES.

Those who fail to comply with the country’s strict COVID-19 regulations will be subject to face a penalty of AED3,000.

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