For 434 days, Saudi Arabia remained on lockdown due to the coronavirus keeping the world on pause. All countries had set their restrictions, curfews, and serious precautions in place. Restrictions applied in the country included the closure of their borders. International flights were suspended until the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, which were facing a delay already, since the global demand hindered accessibility to vaccines in multiple countries. Consequently, the travel restrictions remained in place for several months in the Kingdom, but not for long now!
To avoid an increase in the number of cases and deaths with the start of the second wave of the coronavirus, restrictions were upheld since March 2020. Two weeks ago however, it was announced that the suspension of traveling would be lifted, opening the borders from land, sea, and air. As of May 17th, 2021, those who fall under the following categories will be permitted to travel in and out of Saudi Arabia: people below the age of 18, people who have recovered from COVID-19 within the last six months, and citizens who have received two vaccination shots prior to travel by two weeks.
Travel Ban Lifted
On the 17th of May 2021, the King Fahd bridge between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain opened up, allowing people to travel through it once again. In regards to both of these nations specifically, the ability to travel in between both of them will further improve their social relationships. Given that several projects in both nations were undertaken individually during the pandemic, there is now room for further mutual economical relations.
Finally, some hope again for a feeling of normalcy returning to the world!