Saudi Arabia and Canada to permit vaccinated people to travel

The western Asian Country  Saudi Arabia will allow citizens who have received two doses of Covid-19 vaccine to travel abroad from August 9, the Saudi Press Agency reported.The Saudi Interior Ministry's decision comes as part of precautionary measures against the coronavirus and its new variants like Dela, it said.

The decision excepts children below 12 who should have a valid health insurance policy, approved by the Saudi Central Bank (SAMA), to cover the risks of the Covid-19. It also doesn't apply to citizens who recovered from the virus in less than six months, and those who recovered and received one dose of the vaccine. Saudi Arabia lifted the travel ban on citizens on May 17 after a remarkable reduction in infection cases. The ban was lifted after more than a year of imposing it as part of a series of steps to deal with Covid-19 outbreaks.

The Canadian government  has announced on Monday that it will allow fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents into Canada starting August 9, joined by others of the world on September 7. The Canada-US border was shut down to non-essential travel by mutual agreement on March 21, 2020, according to reports. All travellers will still be required to submit a negative Covid-19 test result and proof of vaccination prior to arrival by way of the ArriveCAN smartphone app or web portal, but post-travel test results will no longer be necessary, it said.


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