Riyadh: 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, Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read - Air India Waives Penalties For Rescheduling Bookings For UK, Oman, Saudi
The lifting decision became effective from 11 a.m. on Sunday, according to the Interior Ministry. Also Read - China Gives Pakistan $1.5 Billion Loan to Repay Saudi Arabia Debt
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 Minisry said. Also Read - Grenade Blast at Jeddah Cemetery in Saudi Arabia Injures Many, One Suspect Arrested
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.