RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will partially lift its suspension of international flights from September 15 for a limited number of people with exceptional circumstances.
The interior ministry said all international travel restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 will be lifted after January 1. People will be allowed to leave and return to the Kingdom via land, sea and air borders.
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 September 15 conditional on proving they are COVID-19 negative.
The specific date for the lifting of restrictions will be given 30 days before the end of the year and the health ministry may stipulate preventative measures on travelers and transport providers during travel and at airports, ports and stations.
A plan will be announced to allow the performance of Umrah gradually according to developments.
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Mangaluru:Former Congress MLA Mohiuddin Bava on Wednesday claimed he received a call from an unknown person objecting to his participation in the ongoing Navaratri celebrations at a temple here.
Bava, who had represented from Mangaluru North segment, said he has lodged a police complaint about it.
The Congress leader said he visited the Gurupura Ambika Annapoorneshwari temple at Bajpe here and took part in the rituals following an invite by its priest.
Later, he got a call from a man, who identified himself as Anil from Mumbai and raised objections to his visit, saying It's not Nehru period, it's a Modi period, Bava alleged.
"A Muslim should not go to the temple, a beef eater and Muslim should not visit temple," the caller had told him, he claimed, adding the conversation was recorded by him.
Bava said he told the caller that he went to the temple on invitation and added he had not differentiated between communities in his political life.