By Ismail Auwal

Intending pilgrims traveling to Saudi Arabia will no longer have to worry about Covid-19 tests and quarantine, as the kingdom has immediately scrapped all protocols that include social distancing and wearing masks in public, effective from March 5, 2022.

This was disclosed by the kingdom’s Ministry of Interior on Saturday.

Furthermore, travelers will no longer be required to undergo mandatory COVID-19 quarantine upon arrival in the kingdom. Additionally, the mandatory PCR test upon arrival has been waived.  

According to the ministry, the new measures take effect immediately.

In a sweeping policy, the kingdom also announced the end of social segregation in the two Holy Mosques and all other mosques, but worshipers must still wear masks.

However, all arrivals to the Kingdom on visit visas of all kinds are required to get an insurance that covers the costs of treatment from coronavirus infection.

In another development, the Kingdom lifted the suspension of direct flights and arrival to the Kingdom from the following countries: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi, Mauritius, Zambia, Madagascar, Angola, Seychelles, United Republic of Comoros, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Afghanistan.

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