RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior has issued orders allowing fully vaccinated expats from nations facing travel bans to enter the country directly, according to a ministry official source.
The new decision will be applicable only to those foreigners who have a valid residence permit (iqama) and left the Kingdom with an exit and re-entry visa after taking two doses of the Saudi Arabia coronavirus vaccine.
Currently, the countries facing the travel ban are India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Lebanon.
The Pakistani Embassy in Riyadh welcomed the Saudi government’s decision to allow direct travel from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia. The embassy thanked the wise Saudi leadership for the great decision that will benefit thousands of Pakistani expatriates.