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Saudi Arabia will partially lift its suspension of international flights as of Sept.15 to allow "exceptional categories" of citizens and residents to travel, the state news agency SPA said on Sunday.
The kingdom will scrap all travel restrictions on air, land and sea transport for citizens on Jan.1, 2021, it said.
In March, the kingdom suspended international flights to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Exceptional categories include public and military sector employees, diplomats and their families, those working for public or non-profit private sector jobs abroad, businessmen, patients who need treatment abroad, those studying abroad as well as people with humanitarian cases, and sports teams.
GCC citizens and non-Saudi residents with valid residency, or visitors' visas will be allowed to enter the kingdom as of Sept. 15 conditional on proving they are COVID-19 negative.
The kingdom introduced stringent measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus in March, including 24-hour curfews on most towns and cities.
The Kingdom has recorded 325,651 COVID-19 cases and 4,268 deaths.
Restrictions will be lifted in three phases, culminating in the curfew completely ending — with the exception of the holy city of Makkah — from June 21, the state news agency reported in a statement early on Tuesday.
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The decision also affected travel to Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) mosque in Medina. Authorities also suspended entry to the kingdom to those with tourist visas from nations affected by the new virus.
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