Saudi Arabia lifts ban, resumes access to kingdom by air, land and sea

News Desk

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has softened travel restrictions and resumed access to the kingdom by air, land and sea.

Riyadh has virtually locked down its borders for two weeks to curb the rapid spread of a new coronavirus variant that was first discovered in the United Kingdom (UK) and then detected in several other European countries, as well as in South Africa.

According to Saudi Press Agency, the country is set to reopen for international travel at 11am on Sunday local time.

Saudi has imposed the restrictions on December 20 and were extended for yet another week on December 27. During that time, land and sea ports, as well as all international flights save for ‘exceptional cases,’ were off limits for foreign nationals.

The government said that their citizens returning from the UK and other affected countries will be allowed in for ‘humanitarian and urgent’ purposes, and they will have to spend two weeks in quarantine, in addition to completing two PCR tests.