Saudi Arabia extends border closure, travel restrictions to May 17

Saudi Arabia has postponed the reopening of its sea, land; and airports and has extended the travel ban for its citizens to May 17; instead of March 31.

In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency on Friday; an official source at the interior ministry said the decision is ready; based on the health ministry’s statement that the COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers were late in delivering contracted batches on schedule.

The source added there is a move to extend the date; due to the importance of reaching high levels of community immunity in Saudi Arabia before travel permission; in light of a possible second wave of the pandemic in many countries, in the interest of public health in the Kingdom and to maintain low infection rates.