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Saudi Arabia Lifts Quarantine Requirement for COVID-19 Vaccinated Travelers

Saudi Arabia Lifts Quarantine Requirement for COVID-19 Vaccinated Travelers

Monday, 17 May, 2021 - 04:15
A handout picture provided by the Saudi Ministry of Media on July 25, 2020, shows members of the medical team from Saudi Health ministry at the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport. (AFP)

Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday that foreign visitors arriving by air from most countries will no longer need to quarantine if they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.


The Saudi civil aviation authority said that from May 20 non-Saudi visitors arriving in the kingdom from eligible countries by air who are fully vaccinated, or have had COVID-19 and recovered, will no longer have to spend seven days in government-approved hotels as long as they provide an official vaccination certificate upon arrival.


Currently, all travelers coming into the kingdom need to quarantine for a period of seven to 14 days depending on the countries where they are coming from, and provide negative PCR tests.


Under the new rules, anyone over the age of eight years old who is not vaccinated must quarantine on arrival in Saudi Arabia for seven days at their own expense as of May 20 and provide a negative PCR test on the sixth day of their arrival, the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation said.


They must also provide a valid health insurance policy to cover potential risks from COVID-19. They will also need to provide a negative PCR test taken no later than 72 hours before boarding their flight to the kingdom.


Separately, the Saudi ministry of interior announced that Saudi citizens are still banned from travelling to 13 countries through direct or indirect flights without prior permission form authorities due to COVID-19 risks.


The countries are: Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iran, Turkey, Armenia, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Belarus, and India, Reuters reported.


In February, the kingdom suspended entry from 20 countries, with the exception of diplomats, Saudi citizens, medical practitioners and their families, to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.


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