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Published on Monday, August 2, 2021

Saudi Arabia reopens to vaccinated international visitors






Saudi Arabia announced it has reopened borders to international tourists.


Tourism visa holders who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 are able to enter the country without the need to quarantine.


Travellers will need to provide evidence of a full course of one of the four vaccines currently recognised: Astra Zeneca, Pfizer, Moderna or the single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine


It has launched a web portal at https://muqeem.sa/#/vaccine-registration/home for visitors to register their vaccination status.


Travellers arriving into Saudi Arabia are also required to provide a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure and an approved paper vaccination certificate.


Visitors are asked to download the Tawakkalna track and trace app, to allow temporary visitors to register their passport details.


The app is required for entry to many public places in Saudi, including shopping malls, cinemas, restaurants and entertainment venues.


"Saudi is looking forward to reopening its doors and its hearts to international visitors," said Fahd Hamidaddin, CEO of the Saudi Tourism Authority (STA).


"During the shutdown, we have been working in close collaboration with our partners in the public and private sector to ensure that visitors to Saudi can enjoy a memorable, authentic and, above all, safe experience."


The resumption of tourism comes as Saudi  Arabia launches its 2021 summer seasonal campaign.


STA plans to open 12 new overseas offices within the next year, in addition to the current ones in the UK, Germany and Russia.


 

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