An official source in the Saudi Ministry of Interior announced last September that a generous approval had been issued that the restrictions on citizens leaving the Kingdom and returning to it be fully lifted, and permitting the opening of ports to cross all means of transport, after the date of January 1, 2021, as the exact date for lifting the suspension is announced. Permission is 30 days before its date, and the Ministry of Health, if required at that time, may raise a request to set preventive health requirements for travelers and carriers, while traveling, and in the halls of airports, ports and stations.
At the time, an official source in the Ministry of Interior stated that, based on what the competent authorities have submitted regarding developments in the confrontation with the Corona pandemic in the Kingdom, and the continued high rates of epidemic spread in a number of countries, some of which are currently facing a second wave of the pandemic, and in light of the possibility that a safe and effective vaccine is not available. To prevent this disease enough to cover everyone, before the end of 2020, and in the interest of the safety and health of citizens, and that they do not face difficulties while they are outside the Kingdom in obtaining appropriate health care, due to the pressures that the health systems in many countries suffer from due to the pandemic, and the necessity That the medical and health teams of the Ministry of Health focus currently on hospitals and various medical centers, without distracting the efforts of the Ministry in combating the pandemic, by transferring a large number of its staff to the land, sea and air ports, and the importance of lifting the suspension of international flights to and from the Kingdom and the opening of ports gradually, including It provides an opportunity to assess the situation during the coming months, until the health risks associated with the pandemic are gone, and suitable vaccines for Coronavirus appear, as approval was issued for the full lifting of restrictions. To allow citizens to leave the Kingdom and return to it, and to allow the opening of ports for all means of transport through the land, sea and air ports after January 1, 2021, according to the procedures followed before the Corona pandemic.
The responsible source indicated that the date set for lifting the suspension and permitting referred to in Paragraph 1 of this clause (First) will be announced 30 days before the date of January 1, 2021, and the Ministry of Health, if required at that time, may raise a request to place preventive health requirements on travelers And carriers, while traveling, and in the lounges of airports, ports and stations.
The decision at the time included allowing entry and exit from the Kingdom for citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council states, as well as permitting the entry of non-Saudis who have obtained “exit and return” visas, “work”, “residency” or “visit” visas, provided that entry is for citizens Gulf Cooperation Council countries and non-Saudis to the Kingdom in accordance with the preventive health controls and procedures set by the committee concerned with taking measures to prevent the spread of Corona virus in the Kingdom, and that the controls include not allowing anyone to enter the Kingdom’s territory, except after submitting evidence that he is free from infection with the emerging corona virus, based on According to a recent analysis from a trusted authority outside the Kingdom, no more than 48 hours have passed since its date of its arrival at the port.
The suspension has been partially lifted from international flights to and from the Kingdom, and the opening of land, sea and air ports, allowing the excluded groups of citizens and others to enter and leave the Kingdom, including allowing some categories of citizens to travel outside the Kingdom and return to it according to certain controls and conditions, and they are ( Civilian and military government employees on official duty).
Exceptions included workers in diplomatic and consular missions and Saudi attachés abroad, workers in regional and international organizations, their families and their companions, those working in permanent jobs, in public, private or non-profit facilities outside the Kingdom, and those with job qualities in companies or commercial establishments outside the Kingdom, and men Businesses whose work conditions require travel to finish their commercial and industrial works, export, marketing and sales managers, whose work requires visiting their clients, and patients whose treatment requires travel outside the Kingdom, based on medical reports, especially cancer patients and patients in need of organ transplantation. They included scholarship students, students studying on their own account, and trainees in medical fellowship programs, whose studies or training require travel to the countries in which they study or train, their companions, and those who have humanitarian cases, including family reunification of the citizen or citizenship with their relatives residing outside the Kingdom, and the death of the husband Or the wife, one of the parents, or one of the children outside the Kingdom, the residents outside the Kingdom and their companions, who have proof of residency outside the Kingdom, and the participants in regional and international official sporting events, and this includes the players and members of the technical and administrative staff.