Saudi Arabia: Only Fully Vaccinated Citizens Can Travel Abroad From Aug 09, Says GACA

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As per the reports of Saudi Gazette, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) directed that only those citizens who took two doses of any of the coronavirus vaccines approved in the Kingdom will be allowed to travel abroad effective from Aug. 9.

This directive is contained in a new circular issued by the GACA on Wednesday to all airlines operating in the Kingdom’s airports, including public airlines and private airlines, with regard to updating procedures for citizens’ travel outside the Kingdom onboard international flights.

According to the GACA statement, there is an exemption for minor passengers under the age of 12 years with a condition that they submit an insurance policy approved by the Saudi Central Bank that covers the risks against coronavirus infection outside the Kingdom, as well as those who have recovered from coronavirus infection within less than six 6 months, and those who have been infected with the virus and received one dose of the approved vaccines in the Kingdom. The authority confirmed that these procedures will come into force from Aug.9 (Muharram 1).

It is noteworthy that the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday warned Saudi citizens against traveling to countries that have been put on the no-travel list recently as these countries are currently witnessing a surge in cases of COVID-19 and its new variants. An official source at the ministry said that traveling to the banned countries is an explicit violation of the announced instructions.

In a statement, the source said that there are reports about citizens traveling to the countries where travel is prohibited in violation of the instructions issued by the official authorities, warning that such deception, if proven, warrants legal accountability and heavy penalties. He added that those who are found to have violated the instructions would be banned from traveling abroad for 3 years.

The statement called on citizens against traveling directly or indirectly to countries where the pandemic has not yet been controlled and there are cases of mutated strains. It also urged citizens to exercise caution and stay away from areas where instability prevails or the virus is spreading, and take all precautionary measures regardless of their destination.

(Source: Saudi Gazette)

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