Abu Dhabi: Saudi embassies in UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Jordan have announced the re-opening of land ports for Saudi citizens and their family members (husband, wife, children, and parents) as well as their accompanying domestic workers to return to the homeland without prior permission, Saudi media reported.
Saudi borders with these countries were temporary closed in March, as part of the precautionary measures taken to stem the spread of the coronavirus. All preventive measures must be taken and health protocols must be upheld, Saudi embassies in the four countries said on their Twitter accounts.
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The Al Batha border checkpoint between the UAE and Saudi Arabia has been reopened, as are the ports linking Saudi Arabia and Jordan, with the embassy in Amman allocating buses to bring Saudi citizens home.
The Saudi embassy in Manama said Saudi citizens travelling to Bahrain through Bahrain International Airport (transit), will be subject to health checks in Bahrain, including quarantine for 10 days.
It also announced Saudi citizens in Bahrain wishing to return via King Fahd Causeway can do so without prior permission from Thursday, albeit with precautionary measures in force in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia has two main border checkpoints with Kuwait, which were reopened on Thursday to allow return of Saudi citizens to their homeland.
Health protocols for arrivals in Saudi Arabia:
Saudi Ministry of Health has issued a set of guidelines and health procedures for those showing symptoms of acute respiratory infection arriving in Saudi Arabia.
Those subject to new surveillance include patients with acute respiratory infection, including a fever or recent history of fever, cough, or sore throat, and within the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms have a history of travel to areas with presumed ongoing community transmission (China, Iran, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong), have come in close physical contact with someone who tested positive for the virus, or work in or attended a healthcare facility where coronavirus patients were admitted.