Riyadh to allow direct entry for foreign nationals who took one jab in Saudi Arabia

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Riyadh, Nov 28 : Further easing travel restrictions, Saudi Arabia has announced it will allow direct entry from all countries for people who received one dose of the coronavirus vaccine from within the Kingdom, from Saturday December 4.

The travellers are required to spend three days in institutional quarantine after their arrival, the Saudi Press Agency reported quoting an official source of the Ministry of Interior.

Citizens of Turkey, Lebanon, Ethiopia and Afghanistan will benefit from the new decision.

The source said that all travellers who got one dose administered of any of the approved vaccines against coronavirus from inside the Kingdom are not required to spend 14 days in quarantine in a third country before their arrival in the Kingdom.

Earlier, on Thursday the ministry source had announced that it would allow direct entry from six countries from Wednesday December 1 without spending 14-day quarantine in a third country.

The countries that included in the list are Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Egypt, Brazil and Vietnam.

All those who come from these countries are required to spend five days in institutional quarantine, regardless of their immunization status outside the Kingdom.

The ministry source stressed the importance of adhering to the application of all precautionary measures and preventive protocols that have been taken to stem the spread of coronavirus.

“All the procedures and measures are subject to continuous evaluation by the competent health authorities in the Kingdom, according to the developments in the pandemic situation globally,” the source said.

Earlier on August 24, the Ministry of Interior had issued directives to allow direct entry of fully vaccinated expatriates from countries facing travel ban, the Saudi Gazette said.

Saudi Arabia had temporarily suspended all international flights from March 15, 2020, following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.


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