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Saudi Arabia lifts new Covid variant entry ban

03 Jan 2021 14:32, Somoy English Desk
Saudi Arabia lifts new Covid variant entry ban
Saudi Arabia lifts new Covid variant entry ban

Saudi Arabia has lifted the temporary travel ban imposed last December as a precautionary measure following the detection of a mutated type of Covid-19 in a number of countries, the Ministry of Interior said early Sunday.

Entry into the Kingdom by air, land and sea resumed at 11am, the ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

However, there are some restrictions, including asking non-Saudis coming from the UK, South Africa, and other countries where the Covid-19 variant had been detected, to stay at least 14 days out of these countries before entering the Kingdom, reports Arab News.

Saudi citizens who are allowed to enter for humanitarian and essential cases coming from countries where the new Covid-19 variant spread are required to remain in their homes for 14 days for observation.

Cases of the new variant, which was first detected in the UK, have been reported in European countries including France, Sweden and Spain. It has also been detected in South Africa, Jordan, Canada and Japan.

On December 21, Saudi Arabia announced the halt to international flights and the closure of sea and land border crossings for a week due to the new coronavirus variant.

Later, the ban was extended by one week.

Meanwhile, the withdrawal of the ban paved the way for several thousand Bangladeshis who got stranded in the country to go to the Kingdom.

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