Saudi travellers no longer need the COVID-19 vaccine to travel

The announcement was made over the weekend…

If you’re looking to travel for the Eid Al-Adha break, you’ll be happy to learn about this COVID-19 travel update. Saudi travellers no longer need a COVID-19  vaccine to travel outside of the Kingdom.

The update was shared via the Saudi Press Agency on Thursday June 15. According to the report,
an official source at the Ministry of Interior stated that based on the reports submitted by the relevant health authorities regarding the stabilization of the pandemic locally and globally, it’s been decided to allow citizens to travel around the world without a COVID-19 vaccine shot.

Most of the Coronavirus restrictions in the Kingdom were loosened earlier last year, in March 2022, when outdoor mask mandates, social distancing measures, PCR tests for inbound travellers, and quarantine-on-arrival rules were dropped.

Previously, Saudi citizens and residents wishing to travel outside the Kingdom had to take the two jabs of the vaccine.

And if you’re wondering when Eid Al-Adha actually is to plan your travels, that’s also just been announced. The Saudi Arabia Moon Sighting Committee will meet on Sunday, June 18 (Dhul Qadah 29th) to indicate the start of Eid Al-Adha 2023, as reported by Khaleej Times.

Based on astronomical calculations, Eid Al Adha, which falls on Dhul Hijjah 10 to 12 corresponds to Wednesday, June 28 to Friday, June 30. Arafat Day, which is one day before Eid, would then fall on Tuesday, June 27.

For more information please visit: spa.gov.sa

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