KSA allows direct entry for travellers with one dose of Covid-19 vaccine

Single-jabbed travellers will be allowed in from December 4 and will need to quarantine for three days…

Saudi Arabia will allow direct entry to travellers from all countries who have received one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine starting from December 4, as stated by the Ministry of Interior.

However, visitors would have to quarantine for three days. The ministry did not specify any particular vaccine as a requirement.

On Friday, the Kingdom suspended flights to and from seven southern African nations due to concerns related to the spread of the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron. The seven countries are South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Eswatini.

Saudi Arabia had started easing Covid-19 curbs on the travel and tourism industry since mid-October.

It allowed airports to operate at 100 per cent capacity, cancelled the requirement of social distancing in public places, modes of transportation, restaurants, and cinemas, and lifted the need of wearing masks outdoors.

Members of the public must still wear masks indoors and in areas that are not monitored by the Tawakkalna tracing app.

The authorities also lifted the restrictions on the number of people at gatherings such as wedding halls and event venues.

As of today (November 28), the Kingdom recorded 24 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 549, 695.

Out of the total number of cases, 10,839 remain active, and 48 people are in critical condition.

According to the Ministry of Health, 32 people recovered over the past 24 hours, raising the total number of people free from the deadly virus to 538,856.