Saudia resumes international flights to 20 destinations

Saudia airline has resumed international flights to 20 destinations in the Middle East, Asia and Europe, after seven months of travel disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The national carrier said that it is operating international flights since October to seven European destinations — Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris and Istanbul, and the US capital Washington. It is flying to and from six destinations in Africa — Addis Ababa, Alexandria, Cairo, Khartoum, Nairobi and Tunisia and five in Asia — Islamabad, Karachi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Manila and two destinations in the Middle East — Amman and Dubai.

Saudi Arabia partially lifted the suspension of international flights from Sept. 15, six months after travel restrictions were imposed because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Kingdom will end all restrictions on air, land and sea transport after January 1 next year, the Interior Ministry said, the specific date to be announced in December. The airline normally flies to more than 85 destinations worldwide.

GACA said that all the passengers returning to the Kingdom shall remain in home quarantine for three days and they should undergo another PCR test 48 hours after entering the Kingdom to prove that they are not infected with the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) called on citizens and expatriates traveling through the Kingdom’s land, sea and air ports to comply with the health requirements, regulations and entry instructions of the countries to which they are intended to travel.

Jawazat stated that the conditions and procedures are updated constantly and without prior notice. Before traveling, citizens must make sure that the remaining period in the passport is no less than three months to Arab countries and no less than six months to other countries.