COVID-19: Over 10,000 Saudis travel abroad as border reopens

Cairo: 10,452 Saudis have travelled outside their country via air and land outlets in the first 24 hours after the borders completely reopened.

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On Monday, Saudi authorities fully lifted restrictions on the overseas travel for citizens after 16 months due to precautions taken to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

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The Interior Ministry said that 4,735 Saudi nationals have travelled by air in the first 24 hours while 5,717 others left via the land outlets.

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The UAE topped the Saudis’ destinations for air travel, followed by Egypt, Qatar, the US and the UK, local media reported. Around 3,362 Saudis, meanwhile, travelled through the King Fahd Causeway linking Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

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Travel restrictions

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Since Monday, May 17, Saudi authorities have lifted travel restrictions on “immunised” Saudis, including those who have received two shots of the vaccine against COVID-19; those administered one dose 14 days before travel; and the people recovering from the disease less than six months after getting infected as shown via the health smartphone app Tawakkalna.

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Saudis aged under 18 years are also allowed to travel provided they present an insurance document approved by the Saudi central bank covering COVID-19 risks.

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