Vaccinated travelers need not quarantine upon arrival in Saudi Arabia, it was announced on Tuesday.
According to Arab News, the Kingdom’s General Authority of Civil Aviation lifted the quarantine requirements for those who had been fully inoculated.
Travelers must also possess a vaccination certificate attested by their home country to be exempt from quarantine. The approved vaccines are Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.
GACA has set a seven-day isolation period for unvaccinated foreign travelers.
The spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly, insisted that Covid vaccines were safe, effective and necessary for protection. He also criticized the rampant misinformation surrounding them, saying that it posed a hindrance to achieving herd immunity.
Asiri said that just 89 cases of myocarditis were detected among those who had been vaccinated, following 155 million Pfizer doses being administered.
The spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly, insisted that COVID-19 vaccines were safe, effective and necessary for protection. He said that rumors and misinformation about the vaccines had gained a lot of traction, posing a threat to others and hindering herd immunity.
Saudi Arabia has so far conducted 19,214,578 PCR tests, with 92,458 carried out in the past 24 hours.
Testing hubs and treatment centers have dealt with hundreds of thousands of people since the outbreak. Taakad centers provide testing for those who show no or mild symptoms, or those who believe they have come into contact with an infected individual.
Tetamman clinics offer treatment and advice to those with virus symptoms such as fever, loss of taste and smell, and breathing difficulties.
Appointments for both services can be made via the ministry’s Sehhaty app.
Saudi Arabia has so far vaccinated 14,146,363 people.