Published on : Tuesday, January 12, 2021
When several countries around the world are imposing or extending flight bans, Saudi Arabia is considering lifting its travel ban and reopening tourism on March 31 this year.
The decision to lift the ban, which saw Saudi citizens unable to leave the country and foreigners unable to enter, is something to cheer about.
Saudi Arabia was amongst the first wave of countries that considered banning entry of foreigners on December 21st. The decision to do so was fueled by rapidly-spreading strain of the virus that was responsible for the dramatic increase in case numbers in the UK.
Rather than banning just the UK and South Africa, as many countries did initially, Saudi Arabia thought of a blanket ban on entry from all countries, and closed down both land border crossing points and seaports besides air travel.
But now, the nation is thinking to lift its temporary ban on land, sea and air travel from March 31st, two weeks before the start of Ramadan, which is one of the most sacred holidays in Islam, the country’s most popular religion.
From that date, Saudi citizens will be permitted to travel abroad once more, and citizens from foreign countries may be permitted to enter Saudi Arabia for the first time since entry was prohibited. The decision was taken after a drop in the number of cases of Covid-19 in the country, which has seen a steady decline after witnessing their worst in June.
Travel companies in Saudi Arabia have reported a flurry of activity both online and through other channels, with Saudi travelers aiming to explore once more.
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