On Sunday, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced to reopen its borders and to restart the flight operations after a suspension of 2 weeks that was aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus new strain.
As per the shared details, the government ordered the lifting of “precautionary measures related to the spread of a new variant of coronavirus”, the Ministry of the Interior said, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.
Saudi Arabia has recorded more than 363,000 cases, including over 6,200 deaths –- the highest among the Gulf Arab states — but has also reported a high recovery rate.
Riyadh suspended international flights and access through land crossings and ports on December 21.
Other Gulf nations, Oman and Kuwait, who had taken similar measures, have also lifted them in recent days.
But travelers returning from Britain, South Africa, or “any country where the new variant of the coronavirus is spreading” are subject to more restrictions, the statement added.
Foreigners coming from those countries must spend fourteen days in another country before entering Saudi Arabia, and show a negative test.
Saudi nationals returning from those countries will be able to enter directly — but must then spend two weeks in quarantine on arrival, and be subject to tests.
Last month Saudi Arabia was one of the first Gulf countries to introduce a massive vaccination campaign using the Pfizer-BioNTech jab.
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