The Saudi Arabian authorities have approved September 15 as a date for a partial reopening of international flights, land borders and seaports in the Kingdom.
Recall that in March, the Kingdom had banned all international flights to and from the kingdom to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
According to a statement on the Haramain’s Twitter handle on Monday, the partial lifting of the ban will only affect public and military sector employees, diplomats and their families, patients needing treatment abroad, overseas students as well as people with humanitarian cases, and sports teams.
The statement, however, disclosed that by Tuesday, September 15, the Kingdom will allow entry to non-Saudi nationals who have visas: exit and return, work, Iqama, visit categories only.
Before gaining access into the kingdom, according to the statement, all persons must have been certified COVID-19 free, “based on a recent analysis by a reliable authority outside the kingdom, the date of which was conducted not more than 48hours”.
The kingdom also announced January 1, 2021, as a tentative date for a full reopening of international flights and all land and seaports.
According to the statement, “the complete lifting of travel from the kingdom and entry to it, and the opening of all ports shall start from January 1, 2021.
“The deadline for lifting the suspension and permitting will be announced 30 days before the date of January 1, 2021.
“The Ministry of Health, if required at that time, may raise a request to set preventive health requirements for travelers and carriers during travel and in the halls of airports and ports.
“A plan to re-allow Umrah will be announced gradually, based on what is decided on this regard.”