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Saudi officials have dropped all COVID-19 related restrictions for travellers to the nation, effectively granting entry to unvaccinated travellers.

While the official announcement does not signal the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, it does reflect the country’s lowest daily infections and hospitalization rates observed since the beginning of the pandemic. The Ministry of Health has stated that a vaccination certificate against coronavirus is no longer a mandatory requirement for the entry of travellers into the Kingdom.

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The ministry has also decided to lift the restrictions on the mandatory submission of a negative PCR or antigen test result before coming or upon arrival into the country, along with institutional and home quarantine requirements.

Precautionary and preventive COVID-19 pandemic measures have been done away with across the nation. The need for social distancing in all open and closed spaces and wearing masks in open areas is no longer required.

Umrah pilgrims in the KSA are no longer needed to book prayer appointments to enter the two holy mosques. However, those who want to pray in the Rawdah at the Prophet’s Mosque must book their prayer slots through the Eatmarna or Tawakkalna apps.