Saudi arabia, Flight restrictions

Saudi Arabia will partially lift some flight restrictions

Saudi Arabia will partially lift its suspension of international flights as of Sep 15 to allow “exceptional categories” of citizens and residents to travel, the state news agency SPA stated on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia will scrap all travel restrictions on air, land and sea transport for citizens on Jan 1, 2021, it said.

In March, the kingdom suspended international flights to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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 Sep 15 conditional on proving they are COVID-19 negative.

Saudi Arabia introduced stringent measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus in March, including 24-hour curfews on most towns and cities.

Other countries, besides Saudi Arabia, planning to lift flight suspension

On Friday, a Malaysian newspaper reported that the country is looking at the possibility of fully reopening its international borders with Singapore in January next year.

The daily quoted the Malaysia’s health minister Adham Baba as saying that the recovery movement control order (MCO) in place over the next four months “would be an important time for the country as it would determine if it was possible to reopen the border with Singapore fully”.

The Star’s report quoted Dr Adham as saying that during the Malaysia’s MCO period, a more systematic approach would be taken in areas such as border control, physical distancing and the use of personal protective equipment.

“We cannot use a trial-and-error approach,” Dr Adham said, adding that it was important to consider the livelihoods of the people who had been affected by Covid-19.

As Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, much are the countries thinking in reopening borders and lift flight suspensions, looking for the recovery of their economy after the crisis by Covid-19.

Electoral campaign takes place in social networks without public events

Candidates developed their electoral campaign activities using face masks and without major public events, however, in the digital realm, the use of social networks and television were key to present their projects and ideas.

Singapore’s electoral campaign for the general elections to be held this Friday, July 10, was marked by the use of face masks and the lack of large public events.

Candidates were able to hold small meetings as part of the electoral campaign activities, highlighting in this ones the use of face masks that was a required measure in these meetings.

Also, they were able to make door-to-door visits without having physical contact with citizens, keeping the proper social distance of one meter and with a maximum of 5 people in the same space.

Digital electoral campaign in times of Covid-19

Social networks were the main characters of this electoral campaign that began on June 30 and concluded yesterday.

Due to Covid-19, the government banned rallies and present a series of security measures to prevent further outbreaks of the virus’s spread.

Instead, the candidates moved their spaces to television and digital platforms like Zoom and Facebook.

Singapore General Elections 2020 

Singapore has about 5.6 million citizens and about 30 political parties, but only a dozen will participate in the elections, in which are also 93 parliamentary seats at stake.

After the electoral campaign, this Thursday the electoral silence takes place so that the 2.650.000 voters can meditate on their participation in this July 10.

Elections were scheduled for the first quarter of 2021, the head of government decided to bring forward, alleging the need for a solid party to deal with the crisis caused by the pandemic.

Due to Covid-19, Singapore’s Gross Domestic Product is forecast to drop between 4-7%, the first recession since the 1998 financial crisis.