In light of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases and the new Omicron variant in Saudi Arabia, the Public Health Authority (Weqaya) has urged citizens to avoid “unnecessary” travel outside the country.
“Weqaya has recommended avoiding unnecessary travel outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, especially to high-risk countries, given the significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, the emergence of the [omicron variant], and the accelerated rapid spread of the virus in many countries,” the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
In addition, all travelers and residents, including those vaccinated and unvaccinated, are asked to “avoid social contact” for at least five days upon arrival. Anyone experiencing respiratory symptoms or having a fever should get a PCR test, according to the news agency. As part of its recommendations, all incoming travelers should wear a face mask, avoid crowds and public places, and sanitize their hands and avoid handshakes.
Besides taking two doses of the approved vaccines, Weqaya recommends individuals take a booster shot when permitted.