No quarantine for vaccinated travellers to Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom has, so far, vaccinated 14,146,363 citizens and residents…

Travellers who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 do not need to quarantine upon arrival in Saudi Arabia, said the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA). However, travellers must also provide vaccination certificates attested by authorities in their home country to be exempt from the quarantine.

GACA has set a seven-day quarantine for unvaccinated foreign travellers. The Saudi-approved vaccines are Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.

As reported on Arab News, the spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly, insisted that Covid-19 vaccines were safe, effective, and necessary for protection. He added that rumours and misinformation about the vaccines had gained a lot of traction, posing a threat to others and hindering herd immunity.

Yesterday (May 31), Saudi Arabia reported 15 more Covid-19-related deaths, taking the death toll to 7,362. In addition, there were 1,245 new cases, increasing the total number of infections to 450,436. There are 9,661 active cases, with 1,438 patients in critical condition.

Of the newly recorded cases, 313 were in the Riyadh region, and 155 were in the Eastern Province.

Saudi Arabia has so far conducted 19,214,578 PCR tests, with 92,458 carried out in the past 24 hours.

Testing hubs and treatment centres have dealt with hundreds of thousands of people since the outbreak. Taakad centres provide testing for those who show no or mild symptoms or believe they have come into contact with an infected individual.

Tetamman clinics offer treatment and advice to those with virus symptoms such as fever, loss of taste and smell, and breathing difficulties.

Appointments for both services can be made via the ministry’s Sehhaty app or by calling 937.

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