Saudi lifts Covid-19 travel restrictions to Vietnam

Saudi lifts Covid-19 travel restrictions to Vietnam

Saudis protecting social distance on the King Khalid Worldwide Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Could 16, 2021. Picture by Reuters/Ahmed Yosri

Saudi Arabia lifted coronavirus travel restrictions on Monday on its residents touring to Ethiopia, India, Turkey and Vietnam, the state information company SPA reported.

Final month, Saudi Arabia banned its residents from touring to 16 international locations over the Covid-19 outbreak. The record comprised Afghanistan, Armenia, Belarus, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Turkey, Venezuela, Vietnam and Yemen.

Earlier this month, the dominion lifted measures imposed to forestall the unfold of the virus, together with a requirement to put on face masks indoors.

After a break of two years as a result of restrictions associated to the Covid-19 pandemic, Saudi Arabia opened up for pilgrims from around the globe.

On account of quotas imposed by Saudi Arabia, all international locations can solely ship a sure variety of pilgrims yearly.

Saudi Arabia will let as much as 1 million individuals be a part of the hajj pilgrimage this yr, enormously increasing the important thing occasion to individuals from exterior the dominion after two years of tight Covid restrictions.

Pilgrims to Mecca this yr have to be underneath the age of 65 and totally vaccinated towards the coronavirus, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah mentioned in a press release carried by the SPA information company.

Members from overseas might be allowed this yr however should current a current detrimental Covid polymerase chain response (PCR) check and well being precautions might be noticed, it mentioned.

Final yr, the dominion restricted the annual hajj, considered one of Islam’s 5 fundamental pillars, to 60,000 home individuals, in comparison with the pre-pandemic 2.5 million.

The hajj is among the many 5 pillars of Islam, obligatory for each able-bodied Muslim who can afford it. It entails a collection of rituals that attain their climax in Qurban Bayram (Eid al-Adha), which is able to start within the second week of July this yr based on the Islamic calendar.

Most of Vietnam’s inhabitants have been totally vaccinated.

The nation of 98 million individuals has seen a significant drop in every day new instances over the previous months and lifted most Covid restrictions for overseas vacationers.