Saudi lifts travel ban on 11 countries
Published: 10:03 PM, 29 May 2021
Saudi Arabia has lifted travel bans on 11 countries due to a reduction in the incidence of coronavirus. From next Sunday, travelers from these countries will be able to enter Saudi Arabia without hindrance.
Saudi state news agency SPA confirmed the information on Saturday.
The travel ban lifting countries are the United Arab Emirates, Germany, the United States, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Switzerland, France and Japan. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Saudi Arabia included these countries in the red list of travel.
Saudi authorities say a seven-day quarantine will begin as soon as travelers from the 11 countries arrive in Saudi Arabia. On the 7th day, they have to undergo a compulsory PCR test. If the test result is negative, they will be allowed to go out the next day.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia lifted its ban on international flights from May 17, however, warned the citizens to travel to 13 countries, including India, without permission. But the reason for those countries shown as ‘insecurity and instability”.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has announced an extension of the Iqama (residence permit) for expatriates stranded in various countries in the face of travel bans caused by the coronavirus pandemic. With this, the Middle Eastern country has allowed extending the validity of visit visas including exit and re-entry visas till June 2 completely free of cost.
According to the SPA, the Saudi immigration authorities have confirmed that the process of increasing the visa will be done automatically in coordination with the national information center. It will not be necessary to report to the Passport Department (Jawazat).
According to the latest data from Worldometer, 447,178 people have so far been identified with the Covid-19 and 7,320 people died. On the contrary, 429,663 people have recovered.