Saudi authorities issue guidelines for Pakistani travellers

Muhammad AdeelWeb Editor

26th Aug, 2021. 02:48 pm

RIYADH: The Saudi authorities have issued new guidelines regarding Covid-19 for travellers so that the country could prevent spread of coronavirus in Saudi Arabia.

According to the guidelines, Saudi government allowed direct travel from Pakistan for those having a valid residency permit and left the kingdom after taking two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from Saudi Arabia.

Talking to newsmen in Riyadh Pakistan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Lt-General Bilal Akbar (Retd) said that five million Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia have been vaccinated against both coronaviruses, while 1.2 million Pakistanis have received one vaccine. This number is increasing on a daily basis, he added.

Akbar said that all the expatriates and locals have been vaccinated free-of-charge. He said he has been holding meetings with the Saudi officials for the last several months.

The first travel facility has been given to those who have been vaccinated twice since the time of the coronavirus and went to Pakistan during that time. The Saudi authorities have allowed such people to return to the kingdom.

Pakistanis should not give heed to any rumours in this regard, he said, adding that the embassy has reached out to the Saudi officials, asking them to register Pakistanis who had gone to Pakistan with one vaccine in Saudi Arabia and another vaccinated in Pakistan.

The Saudi Ministry of Health and Interior has asked them to get their details registered. If this information is found out to be correct, they can connect with the Tawakalna App.

In the third tier, efforts are being made for those who reside and both doses are stationed in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, the ambassador thanked the Saudi government and said his fruitful meeting with the Saudi Interior Minister Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Saud resulted in a bilateral discussion.

He has appointed a person from his ministry to assist the Pakistani Embassy in resolving the problems of Pakistanis in any ministry of the Saudi government, the ambassador added.

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