In a welcome development for international travellers, the Saudi Arabian government recently announced that, effective August 1, 2021, the Covid-induced travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers from all countries will be lifted.

The administration made the statement on Friday. After 17 months since the Covid-19 outbreak began, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) appears to be reopening its borders to travellers.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Tourism will allow fully vaccinated foreigners to enter the country.

What are the conditions?

According to recent developments, fully vaccinated travellers who have an official vaccination certificate and a negative Covid RT-PCR test report taken within 72 hours of departure will not be required to quarantine.

“We welcome tourists again, and we are very happy to receive the Kingdom’s guests again after a pause due to the repercussions of the Coronavirus pandemic,” said Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Khateeb, according to Times Now.

He went on to say that they are focused on safeguarding the safety of visitors to the Kingdom so that they can enjoy visiting the country’s riches, important locations, and other sites, as well as enjoying unique tourism experiences.

International flights between Saudi Arabia and India?

Saudi Arabia stated on Wednesday that citizens visiting nations on the country’s Covid-19 red list, which includes India, will face a three-year travel restriction and severe fines.

According to Gulf News, a report by the state-run SPA stated, “Travelling to the banned countries is an obvious violation of COVID-19 related travel restrictions and the Kingdom’s updated instructions.”

UAE, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iran, Turkey, Armenia, Ethiopia, Somalia, Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Belarus, and Vietnam are among the countries on the red list.


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