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Saudi GACA announces new regulations for returning expats

From 20 May, vaccinated passengers will be allowed to enter the country without the need to quarantine

Saudi’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has announced new regulations regarding the entry of non-Saudi citizens into the kingdom.

According to the new GACA rules, which will come into force from 20 May, passengers who have received full doses of one of the vaccines approved by the Ministry of Health will be allowed to enter the country.  

In a circular sent to all airlines operating in the kingdom, GACA said they must ensure all travellers over the age of eight, barring Saudi citizens or other exempted groups, carried coronavirus test certificates approved in the kingdom, valid from at least 72 hours before the scheduled arrival.

The GACA circular also stated that all unvaccinated travellers will have to bear expenses for their quarantine, which will be included in their ticket price with a health insurance policy to cover the risks that may result from contracting Covid-19.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, non-Saudi passengers and the exempted groups who have received full doses of one of the vaccines approved by the Ministry of Health will be allowed to enter the kingdom without the need to quarantine, provided they present an official vaccination certificate before and upon their arrival.

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