Saudi Arabia announced that it will reopen its borders to foreign tourists who have been fully vaccinated against the Corona virus, starting the day after tomorrow, Sunday, the first of August.
This step comes after 17 months of closure due to the outbreak of the Corona epidemic.
The Ministry of Tourism said that travelers who have been fully vaccinated with the approved vaccines in the Kingdom, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, will be able to enter the country without having to undergo an institutional quarantine.
The authorities required the submission of a PCR result stating that he was free of infection with the Corona virus during the 72 hours prior to entering the Kingdom.
But Saudi Arabia has not announced any lifting of the restrictions imposed on the rites of Umrah, which can be performed at any time and sought by millions of Muslims from around the world annually.
The kingdom is spending billions to try to build the tourism sector, as part of efforts to diversify its oil-dependent economy.
Saudi Arabia usually receives more than two million people during the Hajj season, but this year it allowed only 60,000 to perform this ritual, all of whom are Saudi citizens or foreign residents living in the Kingdom, compared to about 2.5 million in 2019.
Currently, non-vaccinated residents of Saudi Arabia are not allowed to perform Umrah.
The government is accelerating the pace of vaccination across the kingdom, in an attempt to revive sectors hit by the epidemic, such as tourism, sports, and entertainment.
So far, the authorities have distributed 26 million doses to the Kingdom’s population of 35 million.
And the Saudi government announced that vaccination against Corona will be mandatory to enter government and private facilities, including educational institutions and entertainment venues, as well as public transportation.
The Kingdom recorded more than 523,000 infections with the Corona virus, of which 8,213 died.