By Bernd Debusmann Jr
While flights will only be departing from Riyadh, Jeddah, Madinah and Dammam, those outside those areas will be given time to reach them
Expatriates in Saudi Arabia who have been issued with exit stamps or a final exit vehicle can apply to return home through the online Absher platform, the Saudi Ministry of Interior has announced.
According to Arab News, the requests will then be reviewed. When approved, applicants will receive a text with flight details, which can then be used to purchase their tickets.
To apply, expats will need to provide their residency number, date of birth, mobile number, and the city they wish to leave from.
While flights will only be departing from Riyadh, Jeddah, Madinah and Dammam, those outside those areas will be given time to reach them.
The Arab News report added that Saudi Arabia’s Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution has recorded 746 crimes unrelated to the pandemic since March 16, as well as 508 cases of people failing to follow restrictions and 485 cases of people posting footage of curfew violations online.
“The penalty for filming and posting curfew violations amounts to five years in prison and a SAR 3 million ($800,000 fine) prosecution spokesman Majid Al-Dasimani was quoted as saying.