Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday the lifting of the ban on all international flights as well as land and sea entry, the Saudi Press agency reported. The two-week ban was part of the precautionary measures against the spread of a mutant variant of coronavirus detected in a number of countries.
The lifting decision became effective from 11 AM on Sunday, according to interior Ministry. Still, non-Saudi citizens should spend at least 14 days outside the countries identified as places where the new COVID-19 strain has broken out before entry and carry at least one test, the Ministry said.
Saudi citizens from those countries should be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival and carry two COVID-19 tests, it added. Saudi Arabia discovered its first COVID-19 case in February 2020. After nearly a year of efforts to curb the spread of the virus, the number of daily cases in the Kingdom is now reduced to fewer than 200.
A total of 362,488 people have contracted the disease in the Kingdom since COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Of the total number of cases, 2,772 remain active and 401 in critical condition. The total number of deaths as of January 1 is 6,230.