Saudi Arabia to allow vaccinated citizens to travel from May 17

Sun, 2021-05-02 18:04

RIYADH: Saudi citizens will be allowed to travel abroad from May 17 and the Kingdom will reopen all ​land, sea and air borders.
The travel restrictions were extended in January from March 31 to May 17 due to delays in delivering COVID-19 vaccines.
The interior ministry said only those who have received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine will be permitted to travel, as well as those who have received one dose at least 14 days prior to travel, and according to what is stated on the Kingdom’s COVID-19 app Tawakkalna.
Citizens who are recovering from the virus within the last six months can also travel, as well as those aged under 18, provided they present an insurance policy approved by the Central Bank covering the risks of COVID-19 outside the Kingdom before traveling.
Citizens will be subjected to home quarantine for seven days after returning to the Kingdom and must undergo a PCR test at the end of the quarantine period, excluding children under the age of 8.
The ministry said all travel-related preventive measures “are subject to continuous evaluation by the Public Health Authority, according to developments in the epidemiological situation.”
The ministry urged travelers to adhere to the procedures and restrictions imposed by other countries, in order to avoid any problems or difficulties, and to take caution when traveling to high-risk countries where the spread of the disease is high.

Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry had extended the travel restriction period and shifted the date for reopening the Kingdom’s borders from March 31 to May 17. (File/SPA)
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