Saudi Arabia to reopen borders to international travellers

Relaxation of entry to the kingdom comes with strict health and safety guidelines

Saudi Arabia has recorded 362,979 cases of coronavirus, the highest number in the GCC.

Saudi Arabia is set to reopen its borders to international travellers on Sunday morning, although the relaxation across the kingdom comes with strict coronavirus safety guidelines, according to a report by the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Saudi closed its air, land and sea borders on December 20 following the spread of a new variant of Covid-19. This was extended further from December 27 as the precautionary measures continued.

The report by SPA said the suspension would end from 11am on Sunday, although restrictions would remain, including that travellers from the UK or South Africa, or any country identified by the Ministry of Health where the new variant is spread, must quarantine for 14 days, in a country considered safe from the mutated virus, before entering the kingdom, with a PCR test proving they are free from Covid-19.

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