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Saudis in UAE and Bahrain given 72-hour deadline to return to kingdom

Saudi Arabia has added a further five countries to travel ban, including Oman

Saudis in UAE and Bahrain given 72-hour deadline to return to kingdom

There are currently 20 confirmed cases of the virus in KSA. Image: AFP/Getty Images

Saudi citizens currently in the UAE or Bahrain who want to return to the kingdom have less than 72 hours in which to do so.

The Saudi Arabian Embassy in both countries announced the three-day deadline on Tuesday morning as the kingdom moved to re-enforce its borders amid the increasing spread of the deadly coronavirus disease.

There are currently 20 confirmed cases of the virus in Saudi Arabia.

According to official social media postings, Saudi nationals and residents in the UAE can take Saudia flights from Dubai or pass through the Al-Batha checkpoint near Abu Dhabi.

In terms of Bahrain, those wishing to return to Saudi can travel over the King Fahd bridge or take Gulf Air flights.

The deadline comes as the Saudi Arabian Government has extended the travel ban to and from the original nine countries announced on Monday to include Oman, France, Germany, Turkey and Spain.

Meanwhile, the Saudi Embassy in Egypt has announced that repatriation flights between the two countries will resume on Tuesday and Wednesday, allowing Saudis to return to the kingdom.

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