Photo: Tourists visiting Al Ula in Saudi Arabia on February 19, 2020. Shutterstock

Islamic Lifestyle

Saudi Arabia reopens to tourists August 1

Saudi Arabia will reopen to tourists from August 1, state news agency SPA reported on Thursday (July 29).

The Kingdom shut its borders 17 months ago, in February last year, as part of efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19.

From August 1, fully-vaccinated tourists with proof of a negative PCR test will not have to quarantine.

The Kingdom recognises the Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Saudi Arabia started giving out tourist visas in September 2019 as part of efforts to build a tourism industry and diversify its economy away from its heavy reliance on hydrocarbons.

400,000 visas were issued in the first six months before the borders were shut in February, according to SPA citing the ministry of tourism.

The Kingdom on July 25 announced it will once again welcome umrah pilgrims from overseas, starting August 10.

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