All visitors currently in Saudi Arabia whose visitor visas are about to expire, will now be able to extend their stay for up to 180 days.

ARY News reports the move was taken after Saudi Arabia decided to suspend all international flights for two weeks amid the coronavirus outbreak.

According to news channel, holders of all types of visitor visas can extend their stay in Saudi Arabia through the Absher platform or by visiting the General Directorate of Passports’ offices.

Saudi Arabia has extended flight and travel bans over coronavirus fears to include the European Union and 12 other countries after announcing 24 new cases overnight to bring its total to 45, state media reported.

The Interior Ministry added that Saudi Arabian citizens and residents in the affected areas around the world were given 72 hours to return to the kingdom.

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