Saudi citizens must be fully vaccinated to travel abroad
Saudi citizens will need two COVID-19 vaccine doses before they can travel outside the kingdom from August 9, according to state news agency SPA.
The decision was made because of concern about spiralling infections, new mutations, and the "low efficacy of one vaccination dose against these mutations," the statement said.
Meanwhile, the UK government on Monday lifted daily pandemic restrictions in England, scrapping all social distancing in a step condemned by scientists and opposition parties as a dangerous leap into the unknown.
From midnight (2300 GMT Sunday), nightclubs were able to reopen and other indoor venues allowed to run at full capacity, while legal mandates covering the wearing of masks and working from home were scrapped.