Saudi customs opens Salwa border crossing with Qatar

Saudi Arabia said it was opening its land, air and sea borders with Qatar and Saudi Customs opened the Salwa border crossing on Jan. 9, 2021, welcoming travelers. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it was opening its land, air and sea borders with Qatar and Saudi Customs opened the Salwa border crossing on Jan. 9, 2021, welcoming travelers. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia said it was opening its land, air and sea borders with Qatar and Saudi Customs opened the Salwa border crossing on Jan. 9, 2021, welcoming travelers. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it was opening its land, air and sea borders with Qatar and Saudi Customs opened the Salwa border crossing on Jan. 9, 2021, welcoming travelers. (SPA)
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Updated 09 January 2021

Saudi customs opens Salwa border crossing with Qatar

Saudi Arabia said it was opening its land, air and sea borders with Qatar and Saudi Customs opened the Salwa border crossing on Jan. 9, 2021, welcoming travelers. (SPA)
  • A COVID-19 health center has also been set up at the Salwa border crossing
  • Saudi Arabia reopened its airspace and land and sea borders with Qatar on Monday

RIYADH: Saudi Customs at the Salwa border crossing with Qatar resumed operations on Saturday, with the port receiving a number of arrivals the moment it opened, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Travelers arriving through the port completed standard customs and health-related procedures that are customary at all entry points into the Kingdom.
Saudi Customs said they began cooperating with all government agencies operating at the port immediately after both countries announced they would open their air, land and sea borders following a historic Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in AlUla on Tuesday.
The breakthrough agreement aimed at ending a three-year diplomatic dispute between the Kingdom, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt with Doha.
Multiple Qatari cars were preparing to cross the border on Saturday morning and the first Qatari car entered the port by the afternoon.
Customs authorities said that they also began “preparing and equipping the port from all technical and operational aspects,” and ensured all the “necessary requirements were available to provide distinguished customs services for all travelers.”
The Kingdom issued multiple health measures for the entry of Qatari nationals following the reopening of its border, including compulsory PCR tests and self-isolation for three days, Al Arabiya reported.
A coronavirus health center has also been set up at the Salwa border crossing as both countries have measures in place to prevent the spread of the virus, Al Arabiya said.
Medical teams will be available at the border crossing to test those arriving from Qatar, and people entering the border will sign forms committing to home quarantine measures.


Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Iraqi president discuss cooperation

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Iraqi president discuss cooperation
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Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Iraqi president discuss cooperation

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Iraqi president discuss cooperation
  • They discussed relations and ways of enhancing them in all fields

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call from Iraqi President Barham Salih, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.
During the call, they reviewed relations between the two countries, in addition to discussing ways of enhancing bilateral cooperation in a way that serves the interests of the two countries in various fields, within the framework of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council.
Saudi Arabia and Iraq opened the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time in three decades in November last year. The crossing had been closed since 1990 after the two countries cut ties following Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait.
Also in November, a Saudi delegation led by the Kingdom’s commerce and industry and agricultural ministers visited Baghdad as part of the framework of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council and the Economic, Trade, Investment, Development and Joint Relief Committee.
A Saudi-Iraqi businessmen forum was also launched on the side-lines of the visit, under the auspices of the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. 
The Saudi-Iraqi rapprochement extends back to 2015, when Saudi Arabia reopened its embassy in Baghdad following a 25-year break.
In July Saudi Arabia and Iraq signed investment agreements on energy and sports.