Saudi Arabia lifts travel restrictions for fully-vaccinated Egyptian expats, other banned nationalities

Ahram Online , Tuesday 24 Aug 2021

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FILE PHOTO: A security woman checks the temperature of a woman at Riyadh International Airport, after Saudi Arabia reopened domestic flights, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 31, 2020. Reuters

Saudi Arabia is allowing the entry of fully-vaccinated foreign workers from several countries including Egypt, the Egyptian Ministry of Manpower announced on Tuesday.

According to the new Saudi directives, which have been reported to the diplomatic missions of the concerned countries, the new regulations are applicable only for foreigners who had previously left the kingdom while in possession of a valid exit/re-entry visa and were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 inside the Kingdom before their departure.

The travelers must also take direct flights from their countries to Saudi Arabia.

The new rules apply to Egyptians who have resident status in Saudi Arabia and those who have a valid exit/re-entry visa.

Upon their return to the kingdom, the expats must follow quarantine rules that are yet to be announced, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Manpower.

Egypt’s national air carrier EgyptAir announced on Tuesday that as of 1 September 2021 all of its departure flights from Cairo to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be transferred to the seasonal flights buildings at Cairo International Airport.

EgyptAir operates flights to KSA for the following cities already : Jeddah, Madinah, Riyadh, Dammam and Qassim.The countries from which Saudi Arabia had banned arrivals are Egypt, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, the UAE, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Lebanon.

According to the latest official numbers from Saudi Arabia, 37.7 percent of the population, including foreigners and expats, have been vaccinated.

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