Saudi Arabia resumes international flights, list out new restrictions

Saudi Arabia on Sunday announced the reopening of borders and the resumption of international flights after a two-week suspension due to the new Covid-19 strain.

NEWSCASTARS.COM gathered from Saudi Press Agency  that the Ministry of the Interior said, the government ordered the lifting of “precautionary measures related to the spread of a new variant of coronavirus”,

Saudi Arabia has recorded more than 363,000 cases, including over 6,200 deaths, the highest among the Gulf Arab states but has also reported a high recovery rate.

Riyadh had suspended international flights and access through land crossings and ports on December 21.However travellers returning from Britain, South Africa or “any country where the new variant of the coronavirus is spreading” are subject to more restrictions, the statement added.

Foreigners coming from those countries must spend 14 days in another country before entering Saudi Arabia, and show a negative test.

Last month Saudi Arabia was one of the first Gulf countries to launch a massive vaccination campaign using the Pfizer-BioNTech jab.

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