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Saudi Arabia announced travel restrictions from European Union countries along with 12 others as a precautionary measure.



By Team KT

Published: Fri 13 Mar 2020, 11:05 PM

Sweeping travel bans accelerated around the globe on Thursday, walling regions apart, keeping people inside their homes and slowing the engines of commerce to stem the unfolding Covid-19 pandemic.
Travellers scrambled to rebook flights and markets reeled after US President Donald Trump imposed sweeping restrictions on travel from Europe, hitting battered airlines and heightening global alarm over the coronavirus.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced strict immigration curbs and a halt to domestic land, sea and air travel to and from Manila, in what he called a lockdown of the capital.
Saudi Arabia announced travel restrictions from European Union countries along with 12 others as a precautionary measure.
Emirates airlines and flydubai suspended all flights to Italy. Emirates airline will also be implementing thermal screening measures for all passengers travelling on US flights departing from Dubai International Airport, effective March 12. Flights to Fort Lauderdale in Florida has been suspended until March 31.
Passengers from WHO-mandated high-risk countries will undergo thermal screening and nasal swab tests at Dubai Airports. Furthermore, the UAE has called on its citizens to refrain from travelling to India at present time, said the UAE Embassy in New Delhi.
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