Booster doses are now a must for travellers to and from Saudi Arabia
Saudi authorities on Thursday announced new travel restrictions for citizens and tourists to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the kingdom. From February 9, Saudi citizens wishing to travel abroad will be able to do so only after receiving a third or booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine, an interior ministry source said.
There is no difference between foreigners and citizens across to Kingdom. This time rules are being strict to control the separation of Coronavirus instead of closing Kingdom gates. Saudi Arabia is considered a mystery destination on the Middle East coast. After opening gates in 2021 for tourism and Umrah, the flow of tourists and pilgrims are increasing day by day. So, a new variant wave of Omicron is also increasing fastly among individuals. But this scenario is being seen in such countries which have less-strict rules against COVID 19.
Note: Companies providing all Umrah packages 2022 should say their customers to take an extra COVID dose before leaving the country.
The Ministry of Health says booster shots can be given if at least 3 months have passed since people received their 2nd shot. Children under the age of 16 and others excluded from the terms covered by the Tawakkalna app are not subject to the new rules.
In addition, anyone seeking to enter the kingdom, including citizens, regardless of immunization status, must now provide a negative PCR or antigen test result issued within 48 hours of their departure date to return. This rule does not apply to under 8 year’s old children. The Ministry said whose test positive before arrival in the Kingdom. But he has gotten a complete number of COVID doses, which will need to stay abroad for 7 days after getting a positive report. Such they need to pass 10 days abroad those who have not received a complete number of doses.
To control the affected suspects, the sources said, everyone must follow approved health measures and stress the need to speed up the vaccination process.
Meanwhile, the interior ministry reiterated that people who refuse to wear masks in public could face fines of up to 100,000 SAR. The fine for the first violation is 1,000 SR, but doubles for each subsequent violation, up to a maximum.
In addition, the ministry said citizens who violated COVID-19 quarantine rules could face up to two years in prison and a fine of 200,000 riyals. Aliens who violate the rules will be deported and banned from returning to the kingdom. Nearly 58 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered since the Kingdom’s immunization campaign began, and nearly 24 million people are now vaccinated.
The ministry has 587 vaccination centres across the country. It is urging those who have not been vaccinated to register through its Sehhaty app. Testing and treatment centres have helped millions of people since the pandemic began. The Taakad Centre offers COVID-19 testing for those with no or mild symptoms. And who believe they have been in contact with an infected person. While the Tetamman Clinic offers treatment and counselling for those with symptoms of the virus such as fever, loss of taste and smell, etc.
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Saudi Authority has publicly announced to take booster jab whether you are come or go to Kingdom. Foreigners will have to take their PCR test in 48 hours instead of 72 hours before leaving their country. Such people will have to spend 7 days abroad if their report is positive and even though they have taken a full dose of COVID 19.
People who have not yet their full COVID 19 dose will spend 10 days abroad. If a person avoids covering his face with a mask, he can be fined 100,000 riyals. The first time this penalty will be1000 SAR. Anyone who continues to violate the law could face up to two years in prison and a fine of 200,000 riyals.