Saudi Arabia announced that it would now allow Lebanese citizens and travelers from Lebanon to enter the country directly without needing to spend 14 days in quarantine in a third country.

Waleed Bukhari, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Lebanon said in a Twitter post: “Lebanese citizens can fly directly to the Kingdom without spending 14-day quarantine outside Lebanon.”

Previously, travelers departing from Lebanon were required to undergo a 14-day quarantine outside of the country before entering Saudi Arabia if they were vaccinated outside of the Kingdom (Saudi Arabia) as part of COVID-19 restriction measures.

The announcement came as Saudi Arabia allowed entry of more than one million pilgrims into the Kingdom for the Hajj. The Hajj is a sacred pilgrimage to Mecca, which every adult Muslim must make at least once in their lifetime.

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Emirates will operate extra flights during Hajj, which also coincides with the busy travel season