Saudi Arabia to Partially Lift International Flight Restrictions

The suspension in international flights will be partially lifted by Saudi Arabia on September 15th. The country would allow traveling of “exceptional categories” of citizens and residents.

All travel restrictions for citizens will be lifted by Saudi Arabia from 1st January 2021. Back in March, Saudi Arabia suspended international flights. The reason was to control the spread of COVID-19.

In the exceptional categories, the travelers included are public and military sector employees, diplomats, their families, people working for the public, non-profit private-sector jobs abroad, businessmen, patients who require treatment abroad, students studying abroad along with the humanitarian cases, and sports teams.

GCC citizens and non-Saudi residents that have either valid residency or visitor visa will be permitted to enter Saudi Arabia from Sept 15th on the condition that they prove that they are COVID-19 negative.

In order to control the spread of COVID-19, the kingdom introduced strict measures back in March. This included 24-hour curfews in many towns and cities.

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But now as the COVID-19 cases have dropped in the country, the decision has been taken by Saudi Arabia’s government to ease travel restrictions.

601 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Saudi Arabia. The total number of cases has increased to 325,651. The number of people that have died due to COVID-19 has increased to 4,268 as 28 new fatalities were recorded.

The number of people that have recovered has increased to 302,870, as revealed by Dr. Muhammad Al Abdel Ali, the health ministry spokesperson.

via Tribune

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