Saudi Arabia to raise worldwide travel ban on vaccinated residents

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Saudi Arabia will permit residents vaccinated towards COVID-19 to quickly travel overseas, and the nation will open its land, sea and air borders, the Interior Ministry mentioned on Sunday.

“The decision to lift the suspension on citizens traveling outside Saudi Arabia will go into effect at 1 a.m. on 17 May,” the ministry mentioned in an announcement.

Under the brand new coverage, residents who’ve acquired two doses or have acquired a single dose of the coronavirus vaccine not less than two weeks prior shall be allowed to travel. Those who’ve recovered from the virus within the final six months are additionally permitted to take worldwide flights, as are these beneath the age of 18. Travelers should present proof of their vaccine or earlier coronavirus an infection utilizing the federal government’s Tawakkalna app.

Travelers getting back from overseas should additionally quarantine for seven days at home upon their return to Saudi Arabia and take a COVID-19 take a look at on the finish of that week.

In March 2020, Saudi Arabia banned travel to and from the nation in an effort to cut back the unfold of coronavirus. Citing a delay in Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine shipments, the Interior Ministry introduced late January that it was pushing again the lifting of travel restrictions for the general public from March 31 to May 17.

In February, the dominion banned the entry of non-citizens from the United States and 19 different nations, exempting diplomats, well being care staff and their households. Those restrictions on “red list” nations will keep in place when the general public travel ban is lifted later this month.

Arab News reported that Saudi Arabia “recorded a 110% month-on-month surge in people searching for flights in March,” based on international on-line travel platform Skyscanner. India, Pakistan, the Philippines and Egypt have been among the many most looked for worldwide designations.