Saudis Make Travel Easy for Vaccinated Citizens

UMMATIMES - Citizens of Saudi Arabia who have received the vaccine to prevent infection with the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) will be allowed to leave the country's territory. The move will make travel easier for them, after more than a year of restrictions imposed due to the pandemic.

Over the past 14 months, most citizens of Saudi Arabia have been barred from traveling abroad due to concerns that international travel could potentially trigger more Covid-19 cases in the kingdom. The ban, which has been in place since March 2020, has implications for Saudi students studying abroad, among other things.

However, in recent months, the Government of Saudi Arabia has vaccinated nearly 11.5 million citizens. Although some of them have just received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. However, this has made people in the country meet the requirements to travel abroad under the new guidelines put in place.

The Saudi Arabian authorities will also allow people who have recently recovered from Covid-19 and children under 18 who have travel insurance to travel abroad. The easing of this regulation is known to have encouraged an increase in tourists to travel after Eid al-Fitr which fell on last Thursday (13/5).

"It's a beautiful feeling after a long absence from Bahrain," said Mohammed, a Saudi Arabian who was able to travel abroad some time ago.

In the latest regulations, traveling Saudi Arabians are required to show their health status to airport officials via the Tawakkalna app. Tourists who return from abroad will be asked to undergo home quarantine and carry out a Covid-19 test.

The government of Saudi Arabia has implemented some of the most extensive measures to prevent the spread of the new type of corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) which causes infection with the Covid-19 disease since the beginning of the pandemic. These include closing mosques and business activities for several weeks at a time, dramatically reducing the annual pilgrimage (pilgrimage), Umrah and closing its borders to travelers.

With the enactment of this latest regulation, many people were reported to be heading to Saudi Arabia airports on Monday (17/5) to fly overseas. One resident said he felt he had been locked up in the country for about a year and a half because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"We can hardly believe the ban is lifted and we can see the world," explained Nawaf al-Askar, a Saudi Arabian who is leaving the capital Riyadh for Bosnia and Herzegovina with his family. Other travelers go on to further their studies abroad or for long overdue business trips.