Saudi Arabia to lift all exit, entry restrictions on citizens from January 1

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Saudi Arabia to lift all exit, entry restrictions on citizens from January 1

Saudi Arabia will allow its citizens to exit and re-enter the Kingdom through all land, sea, and air ports starting from Jan 1, 2021, given that all Covid-19-related precautionary measures are followed, state television reported on Sunday (Sep 13, 2020).

“Completely lifting the restrictions on citizens leaving and returning to the Kingdom, and allowing the opening of ports for the crossing of all means of transport through land, sea and air ports, after Jan 1, 2021, while adhering to the current Covid-19 precautionary procedures,” SPA reported.

“The specific date and time for lifting the suspension will be announced 30 days prior to Jan 1, 2021. The Ministry of Health may, should it be required, request to put in place certain preventative health requirements for travelers and carriers during travel, and in the halls of airports, ports, and stations,” SPA added.

GCC citizens and non-Saudis with valid visas to leave and enter the Kingdom, for work, or residency or visits, given that they adhere to the covid-19-related health precautions.

One of the main rules is that no person is allowed entry to the Kingdom, unless they have proof of being free of coronavirus (COVID-19). This must be done by providing a negative result of a Covid-19 test that is not older than 48 hours and must be done at a certified entity.

Saudi Arabia will later announce a plan to gradually re-allow Umrah pilgrimage, based on the Covid-19 pandemic updates.

Source: Al Arabiya English

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