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Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia opens land borders for families of citizens – News

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The move to open four border crossings follows an easing of restrictions imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) has opened four land border crossings into the Kingdom as part of an easing of restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Arab News and other local media reported on Monday.

Saudi authorities on Monday announced that citizens, their non-Saudi families (spouses and children), plus drivers and housemaids would now be allowed through selected crossings as long as Covid-19 preventive measures were adhered to.

Also read: Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia reports 1,175 Covid-19 cases, 2745 recoveries

The Jawazat stated that citizens with non-Saudi family members wishing to return to the Kingdom through land ports must obtain prior approval through providing the necessary information via the Absher portal of electronic services under the Ministry of Interior.

Applications, including documentary proof of family connections, could be made through individual Absher accounts for Saudi border entry at Al Khafji, Al Rakii, the King Fahd Causeway bridge, or Al Bathaa.

The Jawazat stressed that non-Saudis accompanying Saudis must have a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) examination certificate proving a Covid-19 negative result within 48 hours of travel.

Everyone entering the country will also have to undergo isolation on arrival.





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