A Saudi Arabian spokesman said on Saturday that Saudi Arabia had lifted the travel ban for travelers from 11 countries to limit the spread of the coronavirus. However, Pakistan is not one of these countries.

Despite the lifting of the ban, Saudi Arabia continues to demand quarantine measures.

Passengers from the United Arab Emirates, Germany, USA, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, UK, Sweden, Switzerland, France, and Japan will be accepted from Sunday.

On February 3, Saudi Arabia suspended access to the kingdom from 20 countries, including Pakistan, with the exception of diplomats, Saudi citizens, doctors, and their families, to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The ban was imposed on Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Turkey, Great Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Argentina, Brazil, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, and South Africa.

The Covid-19 virus has also seriously disrupted Hajj and Umrah travel, which tend to be the kingdom’s main source of income – at normal times, they bring in about $ 12 billion a year together.

Umrah permits are currently only valid for immunized pilgrims residing in Saudi Arabia.

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