The Saudi Interior Ministry has said that the date of arrival and departure from airports, ports and border checkpoints has been extended in view of the steady rise in cases of the coronavirus. Travel restrictions will now be lifted from May 17, 2021, instead of March 31.
An Interior Ministry official said in a statement on Friday that the departure and departure of Saudi nationals from the kingdom, as well as the arrival and departure program at airports, ports and border checkpoints, had been changed. Travel restrictions will now be lifted from Monday, May 17, 2021. Earlier, it was announced that travel restrictions would be lifted from March 31, 2021.
Meanwhile, media reports quoting Health Minister Tawfig F. Al Rabiah said that the companies manufacturing the COVID-19 vaccine did not deliver the vaccine as per the schedule.
Prior to the lifting of the travel ban, the Saudi government was satisfied that the country had a safe environment for the virus. For the sake of public health, travel restrictions cannot be lifted from March 31, 2021.
The Interior Ministry added that it was in constant touch with the Ministry of Health to lift the travel ban and after mutual consultation, the future will be decided accordingly.