Jeddah — Saudi Arabia announced new travel restrictions on Thursday that will enter into force on Feb. 9. Thursday, The Ministry of Interior reiterated its warning on not wearing a face mask as fines reach SR100,000.
An official at the Ministry of Interior informed that all Saudi citizens must take the booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine to travel outside the Kingdom effective from Feb. 9 (Rajb 8).
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Similarly, the Interior Ministry added that all arrivals to the Kingdom, including citizens, must provide a negative PCR result of 48 hours before their departure to the Kingdom. The PCR test requirement is regardless of the traveler’s immunization status.
Additionally, the Ministry confirmed that not wearing a face mask is considered a violation of the preventive measures of COVID-19 protocol.
Violators will be fined a sum of SR1,000 for their first violation, and the penalty will be doubled upon repeat violation and can reach up to SR100,000.
The Ministry said that wearing a mask means wearing a medical or cloth mask or what covers the nose and mouth.
The Ministry stated that the preventive measures are to preserve the safety of the person and others, which helps combat and restrict the spread of the pandemic.