Travel News – Saudi Arabia issues guidelines to reopen borders from May 17

Saudi Arabia will allow vaccinated citizens to travel abroad from May 17, when the country reopens its land, sea and air borders more than a year after being hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Only adults who have received both doses of the vaccine or one dose 14 days prior to the date of departure, will be allowed to travel, the Interior Ministry said in guidelines released on Sunday.

All Saudis who are under 18 and those who have recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months will be eligible to travel.

Travellers will need to show their status on the Tawakkalna app at airport entrances, while those who are under 18 must have an insurance policy approved by the Central Bank, which covers the risk of developing Covid-19 abroad, the Ministry said.

Saudis must continue to wear masks, maintain social distance and use hand sanitisers, it said.

The Central Bank of Saudi Arabia and the Council of Health Insurance said on Sunday, non-Saudis coming from outside the Kingdom for tourism and Umrah…

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