Saudi Arabia lifts Corona restrictions including Outdoor Masks, PCR Tests, and Quarantine


Riyadh — Saudi Arabia has lifted the Corona restrictions including outdoor face-masks, PCR tests, and institutional quarantine for the arriving passengers, according to an Interior Ministry source on Saturday.

According the official source, social distancing measures in the Two Grand Mosques of Mecca and Medina are suspended, while wearing of face masks are mandatory inside these facilities.

Social distancing measures in all open and closed places, activities, and events are also suspended.

Face masks are no longer required in all open areas, however, they will continue to be mandatory in closed places.

The arriving passengers in the Kingdom are no longer needed to present the PCR tests and Rapid Antigen Test. Moreover, these passengers are no longer requested to go through institutional and home quarantine to combat the pandemic.

However, passengers arriving on visit visas are requested to have medical insurance to cover the expenses of treatment in case of Coronavirus infection.

Direct flights are allowed to operate from Saudi Arabia to the following countries and vice-versa: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi, Mauritius, Zambia, Madagascar, Angola, Seychelles, Comoros, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Afghanistan.

Implementation of the national immunization plan is stressed, which includes taking the booster shot, and also the procedures are applied to verify the health status through the “Tawakkalna” application to access the facilities, activities, events, boarding planes, and the public transportation.

Saudi Arabia achieved success in combating the pandemic, under its leadership, and through the implementation of effective national efforts from all sides, including free vaccination programs and the high rates of immunization.

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