Saudi Arabia lifts ban on int'l flights, land, sea entry

Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday the lifting of the ban on all international flights as well as land and sea entry, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The two-week ban was part of the precautionary measures against the spread of a mutant variant of coronavirus detected in a number of countries, Xinhua news agency reported.

The lifting decision became effective from 11 a.m. on Sunday, according to the Interior Ministry. Still, non-Saudi citizens should spend at least 14 days outside the countries identified as places where the new Covid-19 strain has broken out before entry and carry at least one test, the Minisry said. Saudi citizens from those countries should be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival and carry two Covid-19 tests, it added.