Saudi Arabia to impose institutional quarantine on arriving passengers

A view of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Photo: Britannica

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will impose institutional quarantine on arriving passengers starting May 20, Xinhua news agency quoted the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Monday.

The Ministry of Interior said the passengers are those coming from countries not included in the travel suspension.

The decision comes in line with the efforts to curb the spread of the Covid-19 and is based on recommendations by the competent health authorities, the ministry said.

Some categories of passengers will be excluded from the quarantine, including citizens and their spouses and children. Along with passengers who received the Covid-19 vaccine and official delegations; holders of a diplomatic visa, diplomats and their families residing with them.

The excluded categories, except for the vaccinated individuals, will be required to apply house quarantine, with an emphasis on the need to obtain a valid health insurance policy to cover the risks of the coronavirus.

Saudi Arabia announced last week the full opening of all its borders on May 17 after they were partially closed for months to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry announced on Monday the registration of 986 coronavirus cases, bringing the accumulated cases to 427,370.

The recoveries rose to 410,816 with the registration of 1,076 new recovered cases.

The death toll increased to 7,085 with the reporting of 13 fatalities in the last 24 hours. – Bernama