Saudi Arabia opens its border to vaccinated tourists

Saudi Arabia opens its border to vaccinated tourists

Saudi Arabia announced on Friday, July 30, that it would reopen its borders to vaccinated foreign tourists, after a 17-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the national news agency said.

Riyadh, however, has not announced the lifting of restrictions on the Omra pilgrimage, which attracts millions of Muslims from around the world each year.

“The Ministry of Tourism has announced that the kingdom will open its doors to foreign tourists and lift […] the suspension of entry for holders of tourist visas, from August 1,” the news agency reported.

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Travelers fully vaccinated with vaccines approved by the Saudi authorities (Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson) will be able to enter the kingdom “without having to respect quarantine”, if they prove a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours, the agency said.

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