COVID-19: Saudi Arabia lifts travel ban on Nigeria, 16 others

Saudi Arabia lifts travel ban on Nigeria, 16 others

Saudi Arabia announced yesterday the lifting of a suspension of direct flights from 17 countries, including Nigeria.

Other affected countries are South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi, Mauritius, Zambia, Madagascar, Angola, Seychelles, United Republic of Comoros, Ethiopia and Afghanistan.

Other affected countries include South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi, Mauritius, Zambia, Madagascar, Angola, Seychelles, United Republic of Comoros, Ethiopia, and Afghanistan.

Also, the Saudi Government scrapped major COVID-19 restrictions except wearing masks in the two Holy Mosques in Makka and Medina as well as other places of worship in the kingdom.

The directive, issued by the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Interior, and confirmed by the Saudi embassy in Nigeria, became effective from March 5, 2022.

According to the new policy, citizens visiting the Kingdom will no longer be required to undergo mandatory COVID-19 quarantine or present PCR test results upon arrival in the holy land.

However, the new directive compels all new travelers to Saudi Arabia to secure insurance that covers the costs of treatment from coronavirus infection.

Also, the Kingdom expressed its commitment to completing the implementation of its national plan on immunisation, which would enable, among other things, administration of booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine and verification procedures at the point of entry into any facility, including events centers, airports, and public transportation.

According to the ministry, the new measures will be continuously evaluated by the health authorities and in line with the country’s epidemiological situation.

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