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Saudi Arabia Will Lift Its COVID-19 Travel Ban On January 1st
Saudi Arabia has announced it would lift its travel ban in January.
According to The Ministry of Interior, the COVID-19 related travel ban will be lifted on January 1, 2021–allowing transportation by air, land, and sea to be reopened.
The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reports that those with essential needs such as businessmen, students, civil servants, and medical patients needing treatment abroad, will be able to travel starting September 15th.
“Completely lifting the restrictions on citizens leaving and returning to the Kingdom, and allowing the opening of ports for the crossing of all means of transport through land, sea and air ports, after January 1, 2021, while adhering to the current coronavirus precautionary procedures,” reports SPA.
Non-Saudis will be able to enter as long as a visit, work, or residency visa is obtained. Travelers will also have to show proof of negative COVID-19 test results taken 48 hours prior to arriving in the country.
Saudi Arabia has plans to gradually re-allow Umrah pilgrimage according to the COVID-19 case numbers.
International travel to and from Saudi Arabia was banned at the beginning of March in efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.