Saudi Arabia to process travel requests between its regions 

March 30, 2020
A general view shows streets after the curfew hours in Riyadh.  — SPA
A general view shows streets after the curfew hours in Riyadh. — SPA

By Tuqa Khalid

Saudi Arabia has established a dedicated team to process requests to travel between its 13 provinces following the ban on traveling across provincial borders under the 21-day curfew ordered by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman last week to slow the spread of coronavirus.

“Based on the curfew order and no-movement restrictions among the Kingdom's 13 regions to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the spokesperson of the Public Security stated that a work team, which is affiliated to the Director General of the Public Security's office, is allocated to receive requests of movement among the Kingdom's regions for those who have emergency and exceptional circumstances,” state news agency SPA reported.

“Requests are welcome throughout the day via the email:” The spokesperson said that any request should include the beneficiary’s information, a means of communication and a brief explanation of circumstances to move from a region to another, urging everyone to abide by the instructions and implement precautionary measures to prevent and help contain the spread of the coronavirus.

There are currently 1,299 confirmed coronavirus cases and eight fatalities in Saudi Arabia as of Sunday, according to the ministry of health. — Al Arabiya English

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