Saudi Arabia Drops All COVID-19 Restrictions

According to the Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Arabia has lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions, including the requirement to wear an outdoor mask (SPA).

In any area, including the Grand Mosque in Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, social distancing is no longer required.

According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), people in Saudi Arabia are still required to wear masks indoors.

Quarantine is no longer required for those entering the country, but health insurance is still required.

A ban on travelers from a number of countries flying has also been lifted.

South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi, Mauritius, Zambia, Madagascar, Angola, Seychelles, Comoros, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Afghanistan are now allowed to travel.

For the first time since COVID-19 measures were re-introduced on December 30, worshippers at Mecca’s Grand Mosque performed dawn prayers without social distancing on Sunday.

Social separation at Islam’s holiest site was implemented at the start of the pandemic and was eventually lifted in October of 2021.

Following the discovery of the first case of the omicron variant in December, restrictions were reintroduced as cases increased.

The loosening of restrictions comes as the number of daily COVID-19 cases continues to decline following a peak in mid-January.

As the omicron variant spread around the world, daily case numbers in Saudi Arabia reached an all-time high of 5,928 on January 19.

In the weeks that followed, the number of cases decreased, and on Saturday, the country had 283 cases.

COVID-19 rules were dropped due to high rates of immunity and inoculation, according to the Ministry of the Interior.

To enter public places and take public transportation, you must have an ‘immune’ Tawakkalna contact-tracing app status.

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