Saudi Arabia to reopen borders for fully vaccinated foreign tourists

 Monday, August 2, 2021 

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Saudi Arabia is reopening its borders for fully vaccinated foreign tourists following a 17-month closure in the wake of the pandemic.


The Saudi Press Agency reported, “The Ministry of Tourism announced that the Kingdom will open its doors to foreign tourists, and lift… the suspension of entry for tourist visa holders, starting from August 1.”


Travelers fully vaccinated with Saudi-approved jabs, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson, can enter the kingdom “without the need for an institutional quarantine period.”


They will also need to carry a proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within the last 72 hours and register their details with health authorities.


Visitors to the Kingdom will also need to register their data related to vaccination doses via the new electronic portal dedicated for this purpose – “muqeem.sa/#/vaccine-registration/home”, besides registering their data via “Tawakkalna” application, which is compulsory for entering public places.


Riyadh has spent billions for developing the country’s tourism industry from scratch.


So far, 26 million among a population of 35 million have received the jab, and the kingdom has said that from August 1, vaccinations will be obligatory for entering government and private establishments.


This also includes educational institutions and entertainment venues, along with public transport.

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