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Riyadh: Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday that it would allow its citizens who received the Covid-19 vaccine to travel outside the country on May 17, more than a year after it imposed travel restrictions due to the outbreak of the pandemic.
The Saudi Ministry of Interior said in a statement that the suspension of citizens ’travel outside the Kingdom will be lifted into effect, starting at 1:00 (..) corresponding to May 17, 2021, indicating that the Kingdom will open all its land, air and sea borders.
The ministry explained that three groups will be allowed to travel – among them those who received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, and those who received the first dose of the vaccine, provided that 14 days have passed since the first dose, in addition to those recovering from the virus, provided that “less than six months pass from their infection with the virus.” .
According to the statement, the third category will be citizens “under the age of 18, provided that they present before travel an insurance policy approved by the Saudi Central Bank, covering the risks of Covid-19 outside the Kingdom.” The kingdom, with a population of about 34 million, has provided more than 9 million doses of the vaccine so far.
In recent weeks, there has been a rise in HIV infections. Saudi Arabia has so far recorded more than 419,000 cases of the virus, and nearly 7,000 deaths.
And the Saudi authorities announced last month that they would only allow people who received the vaccine against the Coronavirus to perform Umrah and prayers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah during the month of Ramadan.