Saudi Arabia relieves travel ban for vaccinated citizens

Vaccinated Saudis will be allowed to leave the kingdom after more than a year on as the country relieves a ban on international travel aimed at controlling the spread of the coronavirus and its variants.

For the past 14 months, citizens have mostly been banned from travelling abroad out of concerns that international travel could fuel the outbreak of the virus in country of more than 30 million people. The ban since March 2020, has affected Saudi students who were studying abroad, among others.

The kingdom has vaccinated about 11.5 million residents with at least one jab of the COVID-19 vaccine, making them eligible to leave the country under the new guidelines. They will also allow people who have recently recovered from the virus and minors under 18 years of age with travel insurance to travel abroad.

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