2003 News Story

Entry ban imposed on all who visited SARS-stricken countries

The Ministry of Health today announced that all travelers who have visited any of the five SARS-stricken Asian countries would be barred from entering the Kingdom as a precautionary measure to protect the Saudi people from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. All international airlines have been notified not to transport any passenger coming to the Kingdom from the SARS-hit countries via a third country unless that passenger has stayed at least ten days after departing from the last SARS-stricken station.  The statement reiterated that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is free of the disease.  Early this month, Saudi Arabia barred entry of passengers coming from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Vietnam.