Riyadh: Saudi Arabia is reopening its land, air and sea borders on Monday after year-long travel restrictions. Following this decision, entry would be allowed to the country for people who have taken both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, those who have received the first jab at least two weeks before the journey and those who recovered from the disease within six months. Children below 18 years of age who have health insurance cover also can travel to Saudi Arabia.
The vaccines recognized by Saudi Arabia are, Pfizer/BioNtech, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
Meanwhile, the Saudi authorities said that non-Saudi citizens holding a tourist visa will not be allowed entry. A COVID-19 negative certificate in an RT-PCR test done within 72 hours before the start of the trip is compulsory, they added. However, children below eight years of age are exempted from the PCR test.
Saudi Arabia had imposed travel restrictions in March 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic starting wreaking havoc around the world. But, some categories of travellers such as diplomatic personnel were given exemptions.