COVID-19: 85 Singapore citizens, PRs return from Saudi Arabia

SINGAPORE - MARCH 24:  A general view outside an almost empty departure hall  at Changi Airport on March 24, 2020 in Singapore. Singapore will not allow short term visitors to enter or transit through the country from March 24 to contain the spread of the imported COVID-19  infection.  (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
Changi Airport. (PHOTO: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — A total of 85 Singapore citizens and permanent residents returned to Singapore from Saudi Arabia on Friday (24 April) morning.

According to a media statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among this group are 40 students who are studying in the Arabian country, as well as their dependants.

The flight was arranged as Saudi Arabia has suspended all scheduled commercial flight services. The Singapore Embassy in Riyadh and the Singapore Consulate-General in Jeddah coordinated the repatriation and ground operations for the flight.

The returning residents will serve a 14-day self-isolation at dedicated Stay-Home Notice facilities upon arrival in Singapore.

“The Singapore Government would like to express gratitude to the Saudi government for facilitating the safe return of our Singapore residents,” MFA said in the statement.

MFA had arranged returning flights for Singapore citizens and PRs from India, Egypt and Nepal earlier this month.

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