Saudi Arabia announces new Covid-19 travel restrictions

Updated entry requirements for arrivals to Saudi Arabia…

Saudi Arabia has just announced new travel restrictions for arrivals to Saudi Arabia with effect from Wednesday, February 9.

According to the Saudi Ministry of Interior, all travellers arriving in the Kingdom, including Saudi citizens and residents, are required to submit an approved negative PCR test or negative antigen test issued within 48 hours of their departure date or the date of entry into the Kingdom, regardless of their immunisation status.

However, children below eight years of age are exempted.

Currently, submission of a valid negative Covid-19 PCR test result issued for arrivals to the Kingdom is within 72 hours.

The Ministry also said that all Saudi citizens and residents wishing to travel outside the Kingdom must take the booster dose of the vaccine.

Children under 16 years of age or groups excluded, as indicated in the Tawakkalna app, have been exempted from the requirement.

In addition, citizens and residents whose test results show that they are infected with the coronavirus can enter the Kingdom without the need for a PCR test provided that seven days have passed since they tested positive and that they have received the vaccine doses approved by the Kingdom.

For non-vaccinated travellers, they will be allowed into the Kingdom only after 10 days of testing positive for Covid-19.

As reported by the Saudi Press Agency, the Ministry stressed the need for everyone to adhere to all precautionary measures and the approved health protocols, and at the same time, expedite the completion of all approved vaccine doses.

The new restrictions will take effect on Wednesday, February 9, starting at 1am.

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