Only Saudi citizens who have received a second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine will be able to travel abroad, an official in the Saudi Ministry of the Interior announced on Monday (July 19).
“The second dose of the vaccine against the Covid will be a mandatory condition for any trip abroad for all citizens, and this from August 9, 2021”, said this official, quoted by the Saudi press agency (SPA).
The measure excludes children under 12 “on condition that they present medical insurance approved” by the authorities before the trip “, people who have recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months, as well as those who have received a dose of the vaccine , according to the Saudi press agency.
According to state broadcaster Al-Ekhbariya, more than 17.4 million citizens and residents had received one dose and 2.2 million both doses as of mid-July.
Last May, Saudi Arabia indicated that its nationals “immune” to Covid-19 could travel abroad again, more than a year after the ban on all international travel.
Persons who were fully vaccinated or who received a dose at least 14 days before their trip, or those who recovered during the six months preceding the trip, were considered “immune”.
In total, more than 22 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in the country of more than 34 million people, according to figures from the Ministry of Health released on Saturday.