International air travel for Saudi Arabia should resume for those who have been fully vaccinated. The Government has said that there should be a system in which hassle-free travel can once again become normal for fully vaccinated passengers.

The IATA has also proposed testing and verification of passengers who have not been vaccinated, but this too should be done without increasing the already existing restrictions.

IATA's Deputy Director General and Regional Vice President for Asia Pacific, Conrad Clifford, said in a statement, "Vaccination and testing have a role to play in the recovery of international travel. It is not an option to wait for vaccines to be widely available before reopening borders. The global vaccine roll-out is likely to take time."

He added to his statement that this is why it is important to have testing as an option for travellers who do not have vaccines, or who are unable to be vaccinated for some reason. 

Clifford is of the opinion that maintaining the zero case load approach is not a good idea. As currently some scientists are of the view that covid-19 may become an endemic person.

The Delta version of the novel coronavirus is a major concern for Saudi Governments right now. But recent independent data modeling by Boeing and Airbus showed there is a low risk of coronavirus for travel destinations that reopen without quarantine rules, but with other strategies.


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