On Thursday, Riyadh—Saudi Arabia, announced that it will permit direct entry from six countries; including Pakistan, Indonesia, India, and Egypt, without spending a 14-day quarantine in a third country.
The latest directive will come into force from Wednesday, December 1, 2021; as the Saudi Press Agency reported, quoting official sources at the Ministry of Interior.
Brazil and Vietnam are the remaining two countries included in the new list. However, the source said that travelers from these countries must spend five days in an institutional quarantine, notwithstanding their immunization status outside the Kingdom.
Countries still facing the travel ban are Turkey, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, and Lebanon. The Ministry of Interior stressed the importance of precautionary measures for the prevention of the spread of coronavirus.
Earlier on August 24, the Ministry of Interior had permitted the direct entry of fully vaccinated expatriates from countries facing travel ban. However, it was applicable only to foreigners who had a valid residency permit (iqama); left the Kingdom on exit and re-entry visas, and were vaccinated against coronavirus within Saudi Arabia.