Saudi Arabia to allow direct entry from Egypt starting 1 December

Reem Abdulkader, Thursday 25 Nov 2021

Saudi Arabia will lift a ban on direct entry from six countries, including Egypt, starting 1 December, the Saudi Interior Ministry announced on Thursday.

King Khalid International Airport
File Photo: Passengers coming from China wearing masks to prevent a new coronavirus are checked by Saudi Health Ministry employees upon their arrival at King Khalid International Airport, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia January 29, 2020. REUTERS

This partially reverses a Saudi decision in February to temporarily impose an entry ban on 20 countries in a bid to curb the coronavirus spread.

The February decision also imposed an entry ban on those who have visited these 20 countries over the past 14 days.

The Thursday announcement also includes Indonesia, Pakistan, Brazil, Vietnam and India.

Under the new regulations, travelers coming directly from Egypt will be granted entry to Saudi Arabia without the need to spend 14 days in a different country prior to entry, the Saudi interior ministry said.

Travelers entering the kingdom will still be institutionally quarantined for five days regardless of their immunization status.

This decision is based on the assessment of the coronavirus situation by the Saudi Specialized Health Authorities, including the situation in Egypt, according to the Saudi statement.

In order to enter Saudi Arabia, they had to quarantine in a transit country first, and have had their first immunization shot of a vaccine recognized by the Saudi government such as Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.

Additionally, they needed to submit a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours.

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