Saudi Arabia opens borders to vaccinated tourists

Restrictions on religious pilgrimages to Mecca remain

30 July, 12:39

    RIYAHD - Saudi Arabia has announced that it will open its borders Aug.1 to foreign tourists that have been fully vaccinated after a 17-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the national news agency reported.
    Restrictions on religious pilgrimages to Mecca remain, which every year draw millions of Muslims from around the world.
    Travellers that have been fully vaccinated with vaccines approved by the Saudi authorities - the Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines - will be able to enter the country without being quarantined if they test negative to a PCR test less than 72 hours before their entry.
    Saudi Arabia, which has invested billions in the tourism industry to diversify its oil-based economy, issued its first tourism visas in 2019.
    Between September 2019 and the closing of the borders in March 2020, it issued 400,000 tourist visas.
    The COVID-19 pandemic has also led to strict restrictions on religious pilgrimages to Mecca, open only to vaccinated residents of the country.

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