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Saudi Arabia to allow direct entry of fully vaccinated expats from banned countries

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Saudi Arabia has issued directives to allow direct entry of fully vaccinated expats from countries facing travel ban, the Saudi Gazette reported, citing diplomatic sources.

This will only apply to foreigners who have left the Kingdom on an exit and re-entry visa after receiving two doses of the coronavirus vaccine from Saudi Arabia. Related: Check Exit Re-Entry Visa Validity Online

The countries currently facing travel ban are India, Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey, Argentina, Indonesia, Brazil, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Lebanon.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior said in a tweet that, the kingdom will allow residents from previously banned countries to return if they have received two doses of the Corona vaccine from the Kingdom before leaving. See: City Wise Locations of Absher Machine in Saudi Arabia

The Indian Embassy in Riyadh also said in a tweet that “Embassy is pleased to inform that Saudi Authorities have announced that Indian nationals who have travelled to India after receiving both doses of the vaccine in Saudi Arabia will be able to return to the Kingdom directly without need for quarantine in a third country.”.

The Embassy added that “Further details on implementation of the above decision are awaited.”

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia had announced a free extension of Iqamas, exit re-entry visas, and visit visas until September 30 for expats stuck in travel-restricted countries.

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