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Saudi Arabia makes boosters compulsory for outbound citizens

The new regulation will come into effect on 9 February 2022

Saudi Arabian citizens leaving the country will only be able to do so if they have received a third booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine three months after being fully vaccinated.

The announcement came via a circular issued by Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA). The circular stipulates exceptions to the rule for those under 16 and other exempted categories listed on the Tawakkalna application.

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The GACA also clarified that all arrivals to the kingdom, including citizens, regardless of their immunisation status, must present a negative PCR test result or an approved rapid antigen test result taken within 48 hours from the time of departure, with the exception of those under eight years old.

Citizens who test positive for Covid-19 are allowed to enter the kingdom without the need for a re-examination after seven days if they are fully vaccinated and after 10 days if not.

For more information, visit www.gaca.gov.sa 

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