Saudi Arabia to Allow Foreigners to Leave Kingdom: State TV

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Saudi Arabia’s aviation authority has allowed airlines to resume flights to transport foreigners out of the kingdom, state television reported.

The decision excludes countries dealing with the new variant of Covid-19 and crew members of flights landing in the kingdom are not allowed to leave their planes, according to the report.

Saudi Arabia also extended the suspension on international flights and the closure of its border crossing for another week over concern about the new coronavirus strain, state-run Saudi Press Agency reported separately. Flights for foreigners who want to leave the country and cargo were excluded from the move, according to the report.

Saudi Arabia suspended all international flights a week ago, citing a lack of information on the new strain, SPA reported then. The move followed a decision in the U.K. to impose a lockdown in London and southeast England to control the fast-spreading strain of the coronavirus at the time.

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