Saudi Arabia’s borders are now opening again after a 17-month shutdown, but only for those who have taken a dose of the corona vaccine. Tourists visiting the country will only be allowed to come with a dose of the vaccine that has been approved in Saudi Arabia. These are – Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. However, Riyadh has not made any announcement regarding the removal of restrictions on Umra. There is no fixed period for Umrah by Muslim devotees. Let us tell that every year lakhs of Muslim devotees from all over the world come here for this.
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Tourism has announced that foreign tourists will be allowed to enter the country from August 1. It also said that only doses of the Saudi-recognized vaccine – Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson – are mandatory for tourists. The ministry said that quarantine will also not be mandatory for such tourists and there is no need to bring negative PCR Kovid-19 test results.
So far, 26 million doses of the corona vaccine have been given to a population of 35 million. According to the announcement made in the country, from August 1, vaccination will be mandatory for admission to government and private institutions including educational institutions and entertainment venues. Let us inform that 523,000 cases of corona infection have been found in Saudi Arabia and 8,213 infected have died.
Haj and Umrah pilgrims had to face problems due to Kovid-19, which is usually the main source of revenue for here. Right now only the vaccinated devotees are allowed to do Umrah. The government has intensified the nationwide vaccination drive as tourism, sports and entertainment can be resumed here.