The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) announced that it has updated its traveler’s guide, after the issuance of the approval by the competent authorities in the Kingdom to allow international travel for exceptional categories, which was in line with the health protocols for this stage.
The new guidelines stipulate that all expatriates who wish to enter the Kingdom must provide a negative COVID-19 test from an approved medical center no more than 48 hours prior to their flight date.
Saudis and non-Saudis arriving from outside the country must quarantine at home as per the period determined by the Health Ministry.
This is in addition to downloading and using both “Tetamen” and “Tawaklna” applications. Meanwhile, travelers must commit to a full medical disclosure during the reservation process, and report if they have any symptoms of the coronavirus.
The purchase of airline tickets would be done via electronic means only in order to adhere to safety measures.
The additional procedures include, sterilizing one’s hands when entering the terminal, and wearing a mask when entering the airport. Facemasks and gloves must be worn for the duration of the flight and during the disembarkation process.
GACA has also installed glass barriers separating travelers from service providers for issuing boarding passes and baggage claim. Further, an area has been provided for health isolation for suspected cases. GACA also encourages the use of electronic payment methods to reduce dealing with banknotes.
Meanwhile, social distancing of 1.5 meters must be observed between travelers at all service providers, restaurants and cafes.
Passenger bridges, shuttle buses and medical lifts are disinfected before and after each use. Inside the aircraft, all cabin crew and passengers are obligated to wear masks and gloves throughout the course of the flight. The guide also touched on the commitment of the traveler to dispose of masks and gloves in the trash bins available at the airport, further, luggage trolleys must be placed in the designated area for disinfection.
It is worth noting, that the traveler’s guide is a guiding framework for travelers at the Kingdom’s airports, and it includes a set of procedures and precautionary measures that the traveler goes through during their trip. This is in addition to the obligations travelers must follow to ensure a safe travel journey starting from the steps of their home until reaching their intended destination. — SPA