Saudis warned against visiting Iran

Kingdom slams Iran’s irresponsible action over corona

Saudi Arabia slammed Iran’s irresponsible action over corona.

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia on Thursday denounced Iran’s irresponsible action of granting Saudi citizens entry to its territories without stamping their passports, especially at a time where there is an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran.

These actions are a proof of Iran’s direct responsibility in spreading COVID-19 infections and in the virus’s outbreak all around the world,” a Saudi official source said.

“This behavior poses a serious public health threat to the international community and undermines international efforts to combat COVID-19, putting many communities around the world at risk,” the source said.

The source was following up on the Ministry of Health’s earlier statements that stressed the five confirmed Saudi cases for COVID-19 were recorded following their return to Kingdom through Bahrain and Kuwait without disclosing to the relevant Saudi authorities the fact that they had traveled to Iran.

The official source urged all Saudi citizens who had visited and returned from Iran during the past weeks to immediately report this matter and to contact MoH via the toll-free number (937) in order for them to be guided through the necessary safety measures.

The official also urged citizens, who are currently in Iran, to immediately report their visit to Iran on their arrival to the Kingdom ports.

Citizens, who voluntary report their travel to Iran within a period of 48 hours following this statement will not be subjected to the Travel Documents Law and its related regulations, the source said.

The source added that the Kingdom is keen on ensuring the safety of all citizens who had visited Iran by providing them with this opportunity to reveal their clandestine visit while also avoiding any legal action against them.

“Furthermore, the Kingdom is determined to protect the families of those who had traveled to places where there is an outbreak of COVID-19; such measures aim to help protect their wellbeing and the safety of others,” the official said and reaffirmed that Saudi citizens should not travel to Iran for any reason, stressing that serious legal actions will be taken against those who commit such acts.

The source called upon Iranian authorities to disclose the identities of Saudi nationals who had illegally visited Iran since Feb. 1, holding the Iranian authorities fully responsible for all Saudis who did not report their travels and had been infected by the new coronavirus during their stay in Iran.

The Iranian regime’s continuous concealment of the identity of Saudi nationals, who had secretly traveled to Iran and allowing them to do so illegally, threatens public health not only in the Kingdom but at international level as well, the source added.