Saudi Arabia scraps mandatory PCR, quarantine for arrivals

According to a Saudi Ministry of Interior official, precautionary and preventive measures related to the Coronavirus pandemic is to be left.

The decision is based on the epidemiological situation of the pandemic, what was submitted by the competent health authorities, and high rates of immunization and immunity against the virus in society.

According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), social separation restrictions would be discontinued in the Grand Mosque, the Prophet’s Mosque, other mosques, however the requirement to wear a mask will remain in place.

The use of distancing measures in all places (closed and open), activities, and events, as well as the exemption from wearing a mask in open areas while remaining compelled to do so in closed areas.

It was also determined that a negative result for an approved PCR test or an approved Rapid Antigen Test would not be required before entering the Kingdom.

To enter the Kingdom on any type of visit visa, insurance is required to cover the costs of treatment for Coronavirus (Covid-19) infection throughout the length of stay.

The use of institutional and residential quarantine to combat the pandemic on persons entering the Kingdom was agreed to be canceled.

According to “SPA,” the suspension of direct flights to the Kingdom will be lifted, as will the suspension of all flights to and from the Kingdom to the following countries (the Republic of South Africa, Republic of Namibia, Republic of Botswana, Republic of Zimbabwe, Kingdom of Lesotho, Kingdom of Eswatini, Republic of Mozambique, Republic of Malawi), Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Zambia, Republic of Madagascar, Republic of Angola, Republic of Angola, Republic of Angola.

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