Saudi Arabia to lift international travel restrictions from September 15


Saudi Arabia to lift international travel restrictions from September 15

Saudi Arabia is ready to remove suspension orders on international flights from Tuesday, albeit on a partial basis for now. The development has come after six months of travel curbs imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the news reports, the Middle East kingdom’s restrictions on air, land and sea transport for its citizens will end on January 1, 2021. However, the Ministry will officially announce the date in December 2020.

In addition, asymptomatic Gulf citizens and non-Saudis with legal residency visas or permits will be permitted to enter Saudi Arabia from September 15, the Ministry announced in a statement published by a local press agency.

New also has it that travellers belonging to exceptional categories such as Saudi government officials and military employees, embassy staff, students and people in need of medical treatment will be allowed to enter and leave the country from September 15. Reportedly, Saudi Arabia will also share a plan to allow the umrah pilgrimage which was suspended on account of the fear of Coronarivus spreading to holy Islamic cities.

Also, the kingdom reduced the number of pilgrims for Hajj pilgrimage to only 10000 against the massive number of 2.5 million people who participated in 2019.

In March, Saudi Arabia had suspended all international flights, which left several citizens stranded in other parts of the world.

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