OREANDA-NEWS. Holders of tourist visas who have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus can now enter Saudi Arabia without being required to be in quarantine, ATOR reports.

The Russians, however, are not yet affected by this indulgence: Sputnik V is not recognized in the country. Saudi Arabia will allow travelers vaccinated with one of the approved vaccines: Oxford / Astra Zeneca, Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson.

In addition, tourists who have received the Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccine are allowed to enter. However, they will have to receive an additional dose of one of the four vaccines approved in the Kingdom. All travelers must also provide a negative PCR test taken no earlier than 72 hours before departure.

It is clarified that the period of stay in Saudi Arabia on a tourist visa (valid for a year) should not exceed 90 days. The consular fee for paperwork is about $ 120.

Saudi Arabia began issuing tourist visas for the first time in its history in September 2019. In March 2020, due to the pandemic, their registration was suspended. According to the latest data from the Ministry of Health of the kingdom, in a country with a population of 34.2 million inhabitants, 523,397 cases of COVID-19 have been registered since the beginning of the pandemic, 8212 patients have died from complications.