Due to the decline in new COVID-19 infections, Saudi Arabia lifted practically all virus-related restrictions, including social distance and outdoor mask use.
The country has also abandoned PCR testing and obligatory quarantine for arriving travellers. The new directives were issued by a ministry official and will take effect on Saturday (March 5), according to Saudi Gazette.
“The country will no longer require COVID-19 quarantine upon arrival. Passengers will no longer be required to submit a PCR test upon arrival.
Instead of the PCR Test and enforced quarantine, all visitors to the Kingdom must now purchase insurance that covers the costs of coronavirus treatment.
Direct flights and arrivals from the following countries have been reinstated by the Saudi authorities: South Africa (Southern), Namibia (Southern), Zimbabwe (Southern), Lesotho (Eswatini), Mozambique (Malawi), Mauritius (Mauritius), Zambia (Zambia).
When working in open areas, masks are not required; however, when working in confined environments, such as offices, masks are essential. According to the Saudi Gazette, “it will also remove socioeconomic segregation in the Two Holy Mosques as well as all mosques throughout the Kingdom.”