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COVID-19: Saudi Arabia eases entry procedures for travellers

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Planes making ready for take off at Riyadh King Khalid Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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Abu Dhabi: Saudi Arabia’s Basic Authority of Civil Aviation has instructed all airways working on the nation’s airports to replace entry procedures for residents and guests from inexperienced listing international locations, and to chop the interval of institutional quarantine.

The up to date procedures are as follows:

  • Unvaccinated travellers and people who acquired one dose of the permitted vaccines within the kingdom are allowed to enter, supplied that they submit a damaging PCR take a look at end result, 72 hours earlier than arriving within the Kingdom the most recent. Institutional quarantine procedures are utilized to them for 5 days.
  • A COVID-19 take a look at is carried out inside 24 hours of arriving and one other take a look at on the fifth day after arrival. The traveller should adhere to the instances of COVID-19 assessments primarily based on what seems on the Tawakkalna app.
  • The institutional quarantine interval ends once they take a look at damaging. Institutional quarantine procedures are utilized to them for 5 days.

The Civil Aviation Authority clarified that escorts are allowed to enter with their family members, primarily based on the next:

  • Unvaccinated travellers below the age of 18 are topic to residence quarantine for 5 days, supplied {that a} coronavirus take a look at (for those that are eight years outdated and above) is carried out on the fifth day after arrival, and are dedicated to making use of all precautionary measures decided by the Ministry of Well being.
  • Institutional quarantine is utilized to unvaccinated escorts who’re 18 years of age or older.

The updates will probably be efficient as of Thursday, September 23, at 12 midday.

The authority harassed that residents within the Kingdom should take the complete vaccine doses obtainable within the nation after the top of the institutional quarantine interval.

It added whoever takes one of many vaccines permitted by the WHO however not permitted within the Kingdom (Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines) ought to get a booster dose of a vaccine obtainable within the kingdom after arrival.

Passengers should register on the Qdoom app earlier than arriving within the Kingdom, it stated, including that quarantine will probably be utilized based on the protocols of the Ministry of Well being for these testing constructive throughout the institutional quarantine.

Restoration from an infection with the coronavirus just isn’t a justification for not making use of quarantine, the authority stated.

The Civil Aviation Authority stated the house quarantine for residents has been modified to use to the unvaccinated who needs to be residence quarantined for 5 days.

A COVID-19 PCR take a look at is carried out on the fifth day with the applying of the precautionary measures decided by the Ministry of Well being.

The authority harassed solely individuals totally vaccinated with a Saudi-approved vaccine are allowed to enter authorities or personal amenities, be part of actions or occasions and use of public transportation.

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