Saudi Arabia to lift travel ban on citizens from May 17

Published May 17, 2021, 6:33 AM

by Xinhua

RIYADH, May 16 (Xinhua) — Saudi Arabia will lift the travel ban on citizens from Monday, the Saudi Interior Ministry announced on Sunday.

The ban was imposed last year as part of a series of steps to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.

The ministry also announced that May 17 will mark the full opening of all borders.

The kingdom allows citizens who received COVID-19 vaccines to travel along with those who recovered from infection in less than six months.

Citizens below 18 can travel if they have health insurance policy that covers coronavirus-related risks.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia will impose institutional quarantine on arriving passengers starting from May 20.

The decision was based on the recommendations by the competent health authorities.

Some categories of passengers will be excluded from the quarantine, including Saudi citizens, and their spouses and children.

Along with passengers who received COVID-19 vaccines, official delegations, as well as diplomats and their families residing with them will also be excluded from the institutional quarantine.

But the excluded categories, except for the vaccinated individuals, will be required to obey house quarantine, with an emphasis on the need to obtain a valid health insurance policy to cover the risks of the coronavirus.