Saudi Arabia government halts flights from Pakistan

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Saudi Arabia government halts flights from Pakistan

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia government halts flights from Pakistan After coronavirus was declared a “pandemic” by the World Health Organisation.

Saudi Arabia temporarily suspended travel of citizens and residents and halted flights with several states including Pakistan, state news agency *Saudi Press Agency (SPA)* said on Thursday citing an official source at Interior Ministry.

The decision includes the European Union, Switzerland, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Sudan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Eritrea, Kenya, Djibouti, and Somalia, source added, saying the Kingdom also suspended entry to those coming from these countries.

Saudi Arabia also suspended passenger traffic through all land crossings with Jordan , while commercial and cargo traffic is still allowed, and the passage of exceptional humanitarian cases.

The decision excludes health workers in the Kingdom from Philippines and India, and evacuation, shipping and trade trips taking necessary precautions.

Saudi Arabia has so far 45 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to * Reuters.*