Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia allows international travel for set categories from Sept 15

Travellers wearing protective face masks walk at Riyadh International Airport, following the outbreak of the coronavirus, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)

Saudi Arabia will allow certain categories of citizens and residents to exit and re-enter the Kingdom through all land, sea, and air ports starting from September 15, given that all coronavirus-related precautionary measures are followed, state news agency SPA reported on Sunday.

The Kingdom had previously suspended flights amid the coronavirus pandemic, which had infected 325,651 people in the country as of Monday.

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On Sunday, it announced that it will allow all of its citizens to travel internationally after January 1, 2021.

But from this Tuesday, non-Saudis with existing valid work, residency, or visa visits will be allowed to enter the Kingdom for the first time since the suspension of flights in March. Saudi Arabians from "exceptional categories" will also be allowed to travel in and out of the Kingdom.

Both Saudis and non-Saudis must provide a negative result of a coronavirus test that is not older than 48 hours and must be done at a certified entity.

Here are the categories of people allowed to travel from Tuesday:

For Saudi nationals:

Government employees, both civilian and military, assigned to official duties.

Employees in the Saudi diplomatic and consular missions abroad, as well as attaches abroad and employees in regional and international organizations. This exemption includes their families and companions.

Permanent employees in public, private or non-profit establishments outside the Kingdom, and those who have job titles in companies or commercial establishments outside Saudi Arabia.

Businessmen whose occupation requires travel for commercial and industrial business, and export, marketing and sales managers whose work requires visiting their clients.

Patients who require treatment abroad, especially cancer patients and organ transplant patients. This must be based on medical reports.

Scholarship students, students paying their own tuition and trainees in medical fellowship programs, whose studies or training requires travel abroad. This exemption includes the students’ companions.

Two categories of humanitarian cases:

1. Reuniting a citizen’s family with their relatives abroad.

2. The death of a husband, wife, a parent, or child outside the Kingdom.

Citizens who reside abroad and their companions, so long as they have documentation proving their residency abroad.

Participants in regional and international official sporting events, including players and members of technical and administrative staff.

For non-Saudis:

GCC citizens and non-Saudis will be allowed to enter the Kingdom with valid work, residency or visit visas, given that they adhere to the coronavirus-related health precautions.

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Last Update: Monday, 14 September 2020 KSA 07:44 - GMT 04:44
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