Saudi Arabia lifts COVID-19 measures including indoor masks, vaccine proof


Riyadh – Saudi Arabia has lifted additional COVID-19 measures, including indoor mask and proof of vaccination i.e. Tawakkalna for most places, the Ministry of Interior announced on Monday.

Tawakkalna will not longer be needed to enter various facilities, participate in activities, attend events, or board planes or public transportation, with some exceptions, according to the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), however SPA did not elaborate on which categories were exempt.

Moreover, the vaccination timeframe for Saudi Arabian citizens who want to travel abroad has been extended.

Also, previously it was necessary for travelers receive their third COVID-19 booster shot within three months of the second, but that time-gap has now been extended to eight months.

However, people will still be required to wear masks in the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, places regulated by the Saudi Public Health Authority (Weqaya), and places and events that impose their own mask mandates.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior on Monday stressed the importance of continuing efforts to combat the virus, including receiving booster doses of approved vaccines.

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