| 23 February 2024, Friday |

Saudi Arabia drops most COVID-19 restrictions

According to the Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Arabia has lifted most of its COVID-19 regulations, including the requirement to wear an outdoor mask (SPA).

In any place, including the Grand Mosque in Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, social distancing is no longer required.

According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), people in Saudi Arabia are still forced to wear masks indoors.

The requirement that tourists submit a negative PCR or quick antigen test upon arrival has also been removed.

Quarantine is no longer required for those entering the nation, though health insurance is still required.

A prohibition on travelers from a number of countries flying has also been lifted.

South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi, Mauritius, Zambia, Madagascar, Angola, Seychelles, Comoros, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Afghanistan are among the countries involved.

The loosening of limitations comes as the number of daily COVID-19 cases continues to decline following a peak in mid-January.

As the omicron variety spread over the world, daily case numbers in Saudi Arabia reached an all-time high of 5,928 on January 19.

In the weeks that followed, the number of cases decreased, and on Saturday, the country had 283 cases.

COVID-19 restrictions were dropped due to high rates of immunity and inoculation, according to the Ministry of the Interior.

Enough COVID- According to Reuters, 19 vaccine shots were given to inoculate 87 percent of the population with two doses.

To visit public areas and take public transportation, you must have a ‘immune’ Tawakkalna contact-tracing app status.

  • alarabiya