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Saudi Arabia partially lifts its suspension on International Flights

Saudi Arabia from Tuesday will partially lift its suspension of International Flights said the interior ministry. The partial suspension comes after the country was closed since the lockdown was started 6 months back.

“The kingdom will end all restrictions on air, land and sea transport for Saudi citizens after January 1 next year,” said the minister also the exact date will be announced in coming months.

Gulf Citizens and Non-Saudi residents will be allowed entry to Saudi, but they should hold a valid residency permit or visa and they should not be infected with the virus, said the minister in the statement provided to the press agency.

Also, from Tuesday people in other exceptional categories such as Saudi government and military employees, embassy workers, students and people requiring medical treatment will also be allowed to enter Saudi.

Saudi Arabia will gradually announce the plan to allow the umrah pilgrimage. However, the first umrah was suspended this year in March as the kingdom went into lockdown due to Coronavirus pandemic.

Also, the kingdom had scaled down hajj pilgrimage where only 10,000 people had visited the annual pilgrimage which is far less than compared to last year where over 2.5 million people had attended the annual hajj pilgrimage.

Saudi Arabia had suspended all international borders and flights in the month of March due to the wake of coronavirus and which left many citizens and residents stranded overseas.

Due to coronavirus, the kingdom of Saudi had over 325,000 cases with over 4,200 deaths. However, recently the kingdom is seeing fewer cases and has the highest recoveries surpassing 302,000. And in June, this year the kingdom lifted restrictions of business and curfew where cinemas and other entertainment venues were opened.

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