As we know, International Flights are opening up in Saudi Arabia. Therefore, The Saudi Civil Aviation Department has laid down some Conditions for Foreigners Travelers coming to Saudi Arabia. Therefore, Conditions are for travelers in the exempt categories where they will have to present a PCR certificate to those who receive the corona vaccine and those without the vaccine. This certificate should not be more than 72 hours old from the flight.
Also According to the Saudi news agency SPA, the Civil Aviation Department has informed all airlines operating from Saudi Arabian airports about the ban. Moreover, The decision comes in the wake of a new Interior Ministry statement.
Moreover Saudia has issued SOPs for almost everything. Therefore Eid Ul Fitr was also Celebrated under Strict Covid 19 SOPs. Also more than 20 people were not allowed to gather during Eid al-Fitr. Also, The maximum number of people who can attend any event is 20.
However, The Department of Civil Aviation said that the non-vaccinated and foreign travelers from countries with no restriction on travel would undergo an institutional quarantine. Moreover, They will face a quarantine at their expense. Also, They must have an adequate health insurance scheme to cover the risks posed by the Code 19 virus.
Is PCR Certificate Compulsory for every Traveler?
Moreover, The Civil Aviation Department has asked airlines to make it mandatory for all foreign passengers, vaccinators in non-vaccinated categories, and non-vaccinators to obtain PCR.
This certificate should not be more than 72 hours old from the time of travel. However, The PCR is for children over eight years of age. Also Childern under 8 year are exempted from this.
At the same time, vaccinated foreigners and those in all exempt categories who receive all doses of any of the vaccines approved by the Ministry of Health will be exempt from quarantine restrictions – provided they Provide an official vaccine certificate before and after arrival in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia also shared that travelers must obtain a PCR medical examination certificate from one of the country’s recognized examination centers. The following countries cover travel directions:
14. the Maldives
18. the UK
29. the Netherlands
32. South Africa
33. Sri Lanka
However traveler should make sure test is not older than 72 hours. However, if it is older than 72 hours, it may get rejected at Airport.
Addressing the Confusion Again regarding Conditions for Foreigners Travelers
However, Despite the Clear wording, there is a confusion among Expats. However, These Travel Guidelines are not for Expat COMING from these Countries. Moreover, These are for Saudi Citizens who wants to travel to these countries.
According to a recent Interior Ministry statement, the following three categories of citizens will be allowed to benefit from the decision to lift the travel ban outside the country.
Firstly, Citizens who received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine or those who confirmed 14 days after receiving the first dose of the vaccine from the data shown on the Tawakkalna application. International Travel is now linked with the status that person in Tawakkalna App
Secondly, Citizens who have recovered from coronavirus infection, provided they have spent less than six months after illness, as confirmed by the data displayed on the Tawakkalna app.
Thirdly, Citizens under the age of 18, provided they submit an insurance policy approved by the Central Bank of Saudi Arabia before traveling, which covers the risks of COVID-19 outside Saudi Arabia following the instructions issued by the relevant authorities ۔
Banning of Accommodation Agreements
Moreover, The Department of Civil Aviation has banned all airlines from entering into accommodation agreements with hotels and accommodation centers approved by the Ministry of Tourism for foreigners who will have to face quarantine and those in the exempt categories who must have to get quarantined for seven days.
Also, They will be discharged from the quarantine on the sixth day of the quarantined test. Moreover, The Civil Aviation Department said the restrictions would take effect on Thursday, May 20, 2021.
However, It should recall that the Department of Civil Aviation is implementing Corona SOPs to provide a completely healthy environment for passengers traveling from Saudi airports.
Also The Civil Aviation Department has set up a 24-hour communication helpline “8001168888: in the Passenger Care Center.
Guidelines from Saudi Airline with Conditions for Foreigners Travelers
Saudi Arabian Airlines has issued travel guidelines and requirements for 38 countries worldwide, following the Interior Ministry’s announcement to end international travel suspensions for certain groups starting at 1 am on Monday, May 17.
However permits will be issued to only those who got their vaccine in time.
Moreover, According to the guideline, which was made public through its website, the national carrier said that passengers must check their eligibility to travel to the respective countries and obtain the required permits and permits if needed.
However, The terms and conditions are subject to repeated updates without prior notice, the airline said. Passengers will also need to check the latest information on travel conditions and guidelines from official and authorized sources before traveling.