Saudi Arabia extends date of lifting travel suspension to May 17

Saudi Arabia extends date of lifting travel suspension to May 17

Saudi Arabia has postponed reopening its land, sea, and airports for travel to May 17, the Ministry of Interior said on Friday.

Earlier this month, officials had said that travel restrictions and international flights would resume starting March 31. Land and seaports were also expected to reopen on the same day.

The Minister of Health has stated that the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines has been delayed.

An Interior Ministry spokesperson said that travel suspension for citizens would be lifted and that land, sea, and airports would be fully opened from 1 a.m. on Monday, May 17, with the Ministry of Health continuing to monitor developments related to the pandemic.

The Kingdom wants to ensure that the majority of the public is immunized against the coronavirus before lifting the ban and reopening borders, the official Saudi Press Agency cited the ministry as saying.

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