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Saudi Arabia lifts travel ban on citizens, but India still on ‘no go’ list

Saudi Arabia reopened its airports, seaports and land border crossings early on Monday, allowing its citizens to travel outside the kingdom as it lifted the 14-month-long travel ban imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Arab News reported the General Directorate of Passports had specified eligibility criteria for those nationals wishing to travel abroad.

“The categories include those who have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, those who received one dose at least two weeks prior to travel, those recovering from the virus within six months from the date of travel, and citizens under 18-years-old provided they present a travel insurance policy approved by the Saudi Central Bank (SAMA), covering the risks of COVID-19 outside the Kingdom before travel,” Arab News reported.

The civil aviation authority stated 385 flights would depart from nine Saudi airports on Monday for international destinations.

However, India remains on a list of 13 countries to which Saudi citizens cannot travel directly or indirectly due to COVID-19.

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