Saudis can return home from Bahrain, Kuwait without prior permission

Abu Dhabi: The Saudi embassy in Kuwait announced the opening of land ports for the return of Saudi citizens and their family members (husband, wife, children, and parents) to the homeland without prior permission starting today as well as their accompanying household workers.

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The Saudi embassy in Manama said Saudi citizens travelling to Bahrain through Bahrain International Airport (transit), will be subject to health checks in Bahrain, including quarantine for 10 days.

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It also announced Saudi citizens in Bahrain wishing to return back home via King Fahd Causeway can do so without prior permission from Thursday, albeit with precautionary measures in force in Saudi Arabia.

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  • Saudi Arabia-Bahrain King Fahd Causeway reopens from Thursday

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Health protocols for arrivals in Saudi Arabia:

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Saudi Ministry of Health has issued a set of guidelines andhealth procedures for those showing symptoms of acute respiratory infection arriving in Saudi Arabia.

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Those subject to new surveillance include patients with acute respiratory infection, including a fever or recent history of fever, cough, or sore throat, and within the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms have a history of travel to areas with presumed ongoing community transmission (China, Iran, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong), have come in close physical contact with someone who tested positive for the virus, or work in or attended a healthcare facility where coronavirus patients were admitted.

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Others arriving to the kingdom who will be subject to new guidelines include adults with severe acute respiratory illness who have tested negative for MERS, influenza, and coronavirus and after clinical assessment show no evidence of epidemiological link to COVID-19 cases and also have no known cause for their illness after assessment.

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Category A includes nine countries: China, Egypt, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, and Spain.

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Arrivals from those countries will be admitted to a hospital under contact and droplet precautions regardless of the case’s clinical severity until the COVID-19 test result is reported negative and the person is clinically cleared.

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Category B includes 32 countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Congo, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Senegal, Singapore, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, UK, US, and Yemen.

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If arrivals from those countries are clinically stable, home isolation may be considered only if the standards are acceptable to the authorities.

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