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Saudi Arabia updates entry rules for airline passengers

Saudi Arabia has updated entry mechanisms and procedures for airline passengers arriving in the Kingdom related to efforts in curbing the coronavirus pandemic. The new measures become effective on Thursday, September 16.

The passengers who received at least a dose of approved COVID-19 vaccines in the Kingdom would be allowed provided that a passenger submits a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before the flight.

The passenger must also undergo institutional quarantine for five days and must take a PCR test within 24 hours upon arrival and also the fifth day. The individual should take notice of the time their tests were taken through the Tawakkalna application.

The period of institutional quarantine ends with the appearance of a negative test result.

Unvaccinated dependents below 18 years old traveling with fully vaccinated relatives are subject to a five-day home quarantine with a PCR test on the fifth day and those who are eighteen years of age or older must undergo institutional quarantine.

Individuals who were given the Sinopharm and the Sinovac vaccines – currently not approved in Saudi Arabia – should obtain a booster dose from one of the vaccines available in the Kingdom after arrival, GACA added.


Saudi Gazette

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