Saudi Arabia obligated its citizens to take the second dose of the vaccine against the Coronavirus, to allow them to travel abroad, starting from August 9.

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This came according to a statement by the Ministry of Interior on Monday, noting that the decision comes within the preventive and precautionary measures recommended by the Ministry of Health, and as part of the tireless efforts to control the Corona pandemic.

The decision also comes “because of the emergence of new waves of the epidemic in the countries of the world, the emergence of mutants of the virus, and the low effectiveness of a single dose of the vaccine against these strains.”

The statement added: “As studies and scientific research have proven that receiving two doses of the vaccine is enough to protect against complications from strains of the virus.

It was decided that the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine should be taken for travel abroad.

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The ministry excluded from its decision those under the age of 12, provided that they submit before traveling an insurance policy approved by the Saudi Central Bank that covers the risks of the virus outside the Kingdom.

It also excluded those recovering from the Coronavirus, provided that they had spent less than six months infected with the virus, and those who were infected with the virus and received one dose of the vaccine.

Saudi Arabia allowed its citizens to travel completely as of May 17, after travel remained suspended since March 2020 due to the pandemic.