When travel restrictions will go up for everyone
At least seven countries will be able to travel outside their respective borders in the coming weeks, with the government expected to announce the first major changes to the countrys travel rules for next month.
According to the latest update on the countrywide travel restrictions from the ministry of transport, travelers will be allowed to travel to the following destinations for now: Israel, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Omani, Omanian, and United Arab Arab Emirates.
All of the destinations will be subject to further changes once the government issues its guidelines.
Israel, Jordan and the United States are among the countries expected to get an extra leg of the travel restrictions as of March 16, as the country is the first in the Middle East to implement the new measures, with a total of 21 countries and territories in the region that will be affected by the measures.
The changes are expected to include increasing the number of hours that travelers are allowed to fly in and out of Israel, easing restrictions on traveling from the Palestinian territories, and easing travel restrictions in the Palestinian Authority territories.
Travel restrictions will also be lifted for those who are in Jordan, Saudi, Bahrain and Oman, while some travelers from Saudi Arabia will be exempted from the restrictions.
Travel to Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Mali, Mauritania, Algeria, Niger, Mauritius, Egypt and Yemen will also go up by an average of 10 minutes.
In addition to the travel measures, the ministry also announced that it would lift restrictions on visiting the Islamic Republic.
Traveling to the Islamic republic will be limited to four hours a day for the next five years, and those who travel to Iran will be required to have a passport or travel document, and to be on a government-approved itinerary.
Travel from Libya to Saudi Arabia has been extended from four hours to five.
Travels from Mauritania to Saudi will be restricted for the same period.
The ministry also said that travelers from Tunisia and Algeria will be permitted to travel from one of the five countries in the Sahel region, and the same is true for travel to Tunisia from Mali.
The move comes amid increasing concern about the spread of the coronavirus in Africa, where the number has risen dramatically.
The number of coronaviruses in the African continent has more than doubled to 1,917 in the past year, according to the World Health Organization.