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COVID-19: Saudi Arabia classifies 69 countries as high risk for travel

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Saudi Arabia’s Public Health Authority (Weqaya) classified 69 countries around the world at a “very high risk” level, according to its travel alerts for the global epidemiological situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Weqaya advised residents in Saudi Arabia not to travel to these countries, which include 11 Arab countries: Bahrain, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, and Libya.

Read more: Saudi Arabia lifts quarantine requirement for COVID vaccinated foreign visitors

It updates alerts every two weeks based on the epidemiological assessment of countries.

Saudi Arabia issues fresh travel advisory for passengers

Saudi Arabia has issued a new travel alert for passengers travelling to the kingdom from June 16th, requiring them to submit their information to an internet portal before to entering the nation. 

According to a statement published by Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), the online site would provide complete data on passenger vaccinations. 

Prior to their arrival, the airlines would have to check the passengers’ registration on the web portal.  

“Passengers will be required to provide information of their registration with the online platform to the airlines,” according to the notification, which also stated that in addition to showing a registration message on their phone, travellers must also present a printed certificate with their registration. 

Meanwhile, despite removing travel restrictions on 11 nations, Saudi Arabia has retained its travel ban on inbound travellers from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and other nations, according to a report released on May 30. 

Meanwhile, GACA has notified airlines operating in the kingdom’s airports that the travel ban on passengers from 11 countries has been lifted. 

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United States (US), Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom (UK), Sweden, Sweden, Switzerland, France, and Japan are among the countries involved. 

Travellers from these countries must still go through quarantine procedures when they arrive in Saudi Arabia, according to the SPA. 

On the other hand, passengers from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, Indonesia, Brazil, and Lebanon still faces indefinite travel restrictions. 

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