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Saudi: $133,000 fine for travellers hiding health details upon entry

A picture taken during a guided tour with the Saudi military on June 13, 2019 shows passengers waiting for their flight at Abha airport in the popular mountain resort of the same name in the southwest of Saudi Arabia, one day after a Yemeni rebel missile attack on the civil airport wounded 26 civilians. - Saudi Arabia accused its arch-foe Tehran of ordering the missile strike on the airport on June 12, drawing promises of "stern action" from the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Yemeni Huthi rebels. (Photo by Fayez Nureldine / AFP) (Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)
Yemeni passengers wait for their flight at Abha airport in Saudi Arabia, 28 December 2019 [FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images]

Saudi Arabia has imposed a fine of 500,000 riyals ($133,000) on people who do not disclose their health status at entry points to the kingdom, the public prosecutor said in a statement.

The Saudi public prosecutor's statement said: "All travellers arriving on international trips to the kingdom, and those responsible for the different means of transport or its operators at entry points, must comply with international and local health instructions and requirements."

The statement added that a fine of up to 500,000 riyals will be imposed on people who do not comply with the instructions, adding that transport operators will be responsible for any damages resulting from violations of the instructions.

Earlier on Sunday, Saudi Arabia imposed a temporary closure on the oil-producing region of Qatif; east of the country, after four new cases of the coronavirus were identified. The kingdom said the new cases had been in contact with an infected person who had visited Iran but did not disclose his travel itinerary to the authorities.

Saudi Arabia has suspended travel to and from nine countries including the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait and Egypt and said it will take legal measures against any person who travels to Iran, which has recorded 237 deaths due to the virus as of yesterday.

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