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An official source in the Saudi Ministry of Interior stated that approvals were issued for the restrictions on the departure and return of citizens to the Kingdom, indicating that the complete lifting of the restrictions on citizens leaving the Kingdom and returning to it

An official source in the Saudi Ministry of Interior stated that approvals were issued for the restrictions on the departure and return of citizens to the Kingdom, indicating that the complete lifting of the restrictions on citizens leaving and returning to the Kingdom, and allowing the opening of the ports to cross all means of transport through the land, sea and air ports, will be after January 1 2021, according to the procedures followed before the Corona pandemic.

He pointed out that this decision comes based on what the competent authorities have submitted regarding the developments of the confrontation with the emerging corona virus (Covid 19) in the Kingdom, and the continuing high rates of the epidemic spread in a number of countries, some of which are currently facing a second wave of the pandemic, and in light of the possibility of not Availability of a safe and effective vaccine to prevent this disease enough to cover everyone, before the end of 2020 AD, and in the interest of the safety and health of citizens, and that they do not face difficulties during their stay outside the Kingdom difficulties in obtaining appropriate health care, due to the pressures suffered by the health systems in many countries By the pandemic.

He indicated the importance of lifting the suspension of international flights to and from the Kingdom and opening ports gradually, allowing the opportunity to assess the situation during the coming months, until the health risks associated with the pandemic disappear, and suitable vaccines for Corona virus appear.

He explained that the date set for lifting the suspension and permitting referred to in Paragraph 1 of this Clause (First) will be announced 30 days before January 1, 2021 AD, and to the Ministry of Health if required at that time. To submit a request to set preventive health requirements for passengers and carriers, while traveling, and in the halls of airports, ports and stations.

Exceptions
The official indicated that, as an exception to what was previously mentioned, some categories of citizens will be allowed to travel outside the Kingdom and return to it according to certain controls and requirements, and they are:

A - Governmental employees - civilian and military - assigned to official duties.

B - Workers in Saudi diplomatic and consular missions and attachés abroad, and workers in regional and international organizations, their families and their companions.

C - Workers in permanent jobs, in public, private or non-profit facilities, outside the Kingdom, and those who have job qualities in companies or commercial establishments outside the Kingdom.

D - Businessmen whose business conditions require travel to finish their commercial and industrial activities, and export, marketing and sales managers, whose work requires visiting their clients.

E - Patients whose treatment requires travel outside the Kingdom, based on medical reports, especially cancer patients and patients in need of organ transplantation.

F - students on scholarship, students studying on their own account, and trainees in medical fellowship programs, whose studies or training require travel to the countries in which they study or train and their companions.

G - Those who have humanitarian cases, especially the following two cases:

1) Family reunification for a citizen or citizenship with their relatives residing outside the Kingdom.

2) The death of the husband, wife, parent, or child outside the kingdom.

H - Residents outside the Kingdom and their companions, who have proof of their residence outside the Kingdom.

I - Participants in regional and international official sporting events, including players and members of technical and administrative staff.

Workers abroad
Among the exceptions, too, will be permission to enter and exit the Kingdom for citizens of the countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, as well as allow entry to non-Saudis who hold visas; Exit and return, work, residence or visit, provided that the entry of citizens of Gulf Cooperation Council countries and non-Saudis into the Kingdom is in accordance with the preventive health controls and procedures set by the committee concerned with taking measures to prevent the spread of the Corona virus in the Kingdom, and that the controls include not allowing anyone to enter The territory of the Kingdom, except after submitting evidence that it is free from infection with the emerging corona virus, based on a recent analysis by a reliable authority outside the Kingdom, the date of its conducting no more than 48 hours, the moment it arrived at the port.

The official explained that the suspension will be partially lifted; For international flights to and from the Kingdom, and the opening of land, sea and air ports, allowing the excluded groups of citizens and others to enter and leave the Kingdom.

He indicated that work would begin with the implementation of the exceptions mentioned. Six o'clock in the morning on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 AD.