Monday, March 1, 2021

Saudi to reopen travel for GCC citizens, may allow umrah next year

Under this arrangement, some sectors would be allowed to travel, including government officials, diplomats and individuals needing urgent medical attention.

Other News

Back to school for preschoolers, Standard 1 and 2 pupils

Vocational colleges will also reopen today following their closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Trump hints he may run for president again in 2024

He also rules out starting a new political party in a speech to conservatives.

Sokong lompat parti tetapi bersyarat?

Tindakan melompat parti ini sememangnya menepati hak asasi seorang wakil rakyat yang dipilih.

US kids could receive vaccine by year-end, says White House pandemic adviser Fauci

Children in high school should be able to get the vaccines 'sometime this fall', although data is still being compiled on their safety and efficacy for younger children who may not receive the jabs until late 2021 or early 2022, he says.

Facebook to pay US$650 million settlement over US privacy dispute

During the trial, it emerged that Facebook was violating Illinois law by storing biometric data – digital scans of people's faces, in support of its face-tagging feature – without users' consent.

Saudi Arabia will allow its citizens to exit and re-enter the kingdom through all land, sea, and airports after Jan 1, 2021, assuming that all coronavirus-related precautionary measures are followed, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Sunday.

“The specific date and time for lifting the suspension will be announced 30 days prior to Jan 1, 2021,” the agency said.

“The health ministry may put in place certain preventative health requirements for travellers and carriers during travel, and in the halls of airports, ports, and stations,” SPA added.

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens and some other non-Saudis will be allowed to enter the kingdom with valid work, residency or visit visas, but they must adhere to the coronavirus-related health precautions.

Under this arrangement, some sectors would be allowed to travel, including government officials, diplomats and individuals needing urgent medical attention.

However, umrah visas will not be resumed and umrah travel will not start until the travel ban is fully lifted.

Saudi Arabia banned the entry of umrah pilgrims into Mecca and Madinah, and umrah visa issuance in February, soon after the first Covid-19 positive patient was detected.

That ban, which is still continuing, also saw the Great Mosque of Mecca devoid of umrah pilgrims during Ramadan and also a reduced haj when only 1,000 pilgrims were allowed to perform the annual ritual.

The kingdom will later announce a plan to gradually permit umrah pilgrimage to resume, based on pandemic updates.

The country had banned all international travel in early March as a measure to control the spread of the coronavirus.

The government began re-opening and returning to “normalcy” at the end of May, but international flights remained banned.

Records indicate Saudi Arabia reported 325,651 confirmed coronavirus cases, 302,870 recovered patients, and 4,268 deaths as of Sunday, according to the health ministry.

Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/malaysianow

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news and analyses.

Related Articles

US kids could receive vaccine by year-end, says White House pandemic adviser Fauci

Children in high school should be able to get the vaccines 'sometime this fall', although data is still being compiled on their safety and efficacy for younger children who may not receive the jabs until late 2021 or early 2022, he says.

2,437 cases take total confirmed infections past 300,000

202 in the ICU, 93 in need of respiratory assistance.

New cases stay above 2,000 as 10 more deaths reported

190 in the ICU, 99 in need of respiratory assistance.

RM10,000 fine not for all SOP offences, top cop explains

Abdul Hamid Bador says the RM10,000 compound will not be issued for offences such as failure to wear face masks.

Too soon to say if Covid-19 jabs could allow immunity passports, says Noor Hisham

The health DG says other factors including the efficacy of the vaccines administered need to be taken into consideration first.