While keeping the COVID-19 cases in view, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of interior decided to extend the date of Travel ban to May 17, 2021. After that, the Flights were reopened. Also, Only immunized passengers could come and leave the country except for diplomats, Saudi citizens, medical practitioners, and their families to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. However, Even during Travel ban Saudi Arabia operated flights according to its network. However, Exceptions were those countries that had COVID-19 unexpected growth and were out on a travel ban list by Saudia. Also, Travel From Saudia is now Linked with Tawakkalna Application.
Putting Countries on the Travel ban List
The countries which faced the international ban from Saudi Arabia even after the resumption of flights after May 17 are the following:
- Firstly, United Arab Emirates
- Secondly, The United States
- Thirdly, United Kingdom
- Fourthly, Germany
- South Africa
- Swiss Confederation
and lastly, Italy.
11 Countries got out of the travel ban list on 29 May 2021
However, On Saturday, the Saudi state news agency said that Saudi Arabia was lifting restrictions on travelers from 11 countries that it had imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. However, Pakistan is not one of them.
Despite the lifting of the travel ban, Saudi Arabia will still need a separatist approach. Also, The sources added that the decision was “based on a report by the Public Health Authority on the state of the epidemic in several declared countries, which has shown resilience and effectiveness in controlling the epidemic.
Moreover, Some of these countries still have COVID-19.”
However, After reviewing the latest reports from health officials in those countries about Corona, the ministry has decided that travelers from 11 countries are being barred from coming to Saudi Arabia.
However, The 11 countries which are now free from the travel ban are mentioned below:
- United Arab Emirates
- The United States
- United Kingdom
- Swiss Confederation (Switzerland)
and lastly, France
Is PCR Examincation Compulsory for traveling?
Saudi Arabia also noted that travelers must obtain a PCR medical examination certificate from one of the country’s recognized examination centers. The following countries cover travel directions:
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
Rules and Regulations for Airlines and passengers
Al-Shehrani told passengers to keep visiting Saudi Arabia’s Saudi.com website before traveling during the Corona epidemic. Moreover, The Saudi Arabia Airline website updates 24/7 with all the updated information. Also, The website provides the latest information on Saudi flights from official sources.
Also, Passengers on international flights have to abide by the rules and regulations set by the Ministry of Health and relevant agencies, he said. In addition, passengers must respect the quarantine of KSA regardless of the country where they are coming from to KSA.
However, 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. Moreover, The PCR is for children over eight years of age.
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.