Saudi Arabia is planning to lift the coronavirus travel restrictions soon. The interior ministry of Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday that it will later announce a date of lifting restrictions on citizens traveling to and from the Kingdom.
The country partially lifted a suspension of international flights on Sept. 15, six months after travel restrictions were imposed because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“An official source at the Ministry of Interior stated that, in reference to the statement issued on September 13, 2020, stipulating that the lifting of restrictions on citizens traveling to and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and allowing the opening of ports for all means of transport after January 01, 2021, the Ministry of the Interior would like to clarify that the date for lifting restrictions on two-way traveling and allowing the opening of ports will be announced later.”Saudi Press Agency (SPA) Reported.
The ministry was expected to make the final announcement, confirming the exact date for easing the travel restrictions imposed in the wake of the global outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The ban is tentatively planned to be lifted on Jan. 1, 2021. The ministry had earlier said that the deadline for lifting the suspension would be announced 30 days before Jan. 1 next year.
The ministry had also indicated that the Ministry of Health may raise a request to set coronavirus protocols for travelers and airlines.
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) resumed partial operation of international flights on Sept. 15, exempting certain categories of Saudis and expatriates from the temporary travel ban.
Saudia has been flying to 33 international destinations since November.