Saudi Arabia just lifted their travel warning on Lebanon

The Saudi ambassador to , Walid Bukhari, has announced that removed the 15-month ban on upon the formation of the Lebanese government.

 

This 15-month long ban was first imposed on in November 2017 when called over its visiting citizens and residents to leave due to, what they deemed, security incidents and unstable conditions.

Via Middle East Monitor

This positive announcement was made after a meeting between Saudi royal court envoy, Nizar Aloula, and Prime Minister along with Bukhari and other Lebanese officials at the Grand Serail.

 

The Saudi Foreign Minister then tweeted:

“Given the fact that the security reasons that prompted to warn its citizens against travelling to no longer exist, and based on the assurances that the Kingdom received from the Lebanese government about the stability of the security situation, and its permanent keenness on the security of the Saudi citizens, the Kingdom of lifts its warning to its citizens traveling to the , whether from the Kingdom or from any other country”.

The Saudi decision is expected to be followed by similar decisions by other Arab Gulf states, like UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, and Kuwait that had issued similar warnings for their citizens.

 

These warning has been negatively affecting ’s tourism and the economic sector as the number of Gulf tourists in the country dropped due to the warning.

Via Ministry Of Tourism

In an interview with Voice of radio (93.3), the Lebanese tourism minister, Avedis Guidanian expected a significant increase in the number of Arab tourists after the government formation and the lifting of the ban on Saudi nationals, “the Ministry is preparing for this important return,” he said.

 

Via IM Lebanon

These expectations give hope that this summer will see a significant rise in tourists who will contribute heavily to our economy!


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