COVID-19 has been the biggest issue of this year. But over time things were started to gradually return to normal. However, recently Saudi Arabia suspended international flights along with sea and land ports due to the fear of a new strain of Coronavirus. All commercial flights were suspended for a 2 weeks in response to the emergence of a potent new strain of the virus in European countries. To know more, keep reading.
The Recent Announcement by the Ministry
The Ministry of Interior has announced that,
All international flights has been resumed and reopened its land and sea borders, starting from today Sunday January 03, 2021 11:00 am, with a certain conditions.
انتهاء العمل بالإجراءات الاحترازية الخاصة بانتشار نوع جديد متحور من فيروس كورونا المستجد (كوفيد 19) فيما يخص تعليق جميع الرحلات الجوية الدولية والدخول إلى المملكة عبر المنافذ البرية والبحرية اعتباراً من الساعة 11 صباح اليوم الأحد وفق ضوابط محددة . pic.twitter.com/oDF3lR6e3P
— وزارة الداخلية (@MOISaudiArabia) January 2, 2021
Earlier Suspension of International Flights for 2 Weeks
Initially all international flights were suspended for a week, starting from Dec 20, 2020, as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of the citizens and Saudi expats working in Saudi Arabia However, the kingdom extended the temporary suspension for another week. However, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that “Some flights will be allowed in exceptional circumstances.”
Conditions to Travel
|1||New Variant Virus Detected||UK, South Africa & Other Countries||Saudi expats arriving from these countries must stay 14 days out of these countries before entering to Saudi Arabia.|
|2||New Variant Virus Detected||UK, South Africa & Other Countries||Saudi expats and Saudi citizens who are allowed to enter into the Kingdom for humanitarian and urgent cases coming from countries must quarantine 14 days at home ‘Under Supervision’.
They will be required 2 PCR tests.
|3||New Variant Virus Reported||Pakistan, India, Philippine & Other Countries||Saudi expats and Saudi citizens coming from these countries will require to quarantine for 7 days ‘Under Supervision’ and take a PCR test on the 6th day from arrival.|
|4||New Variant Virus has not been Detected||Pakistan, India, Philippine & Other Countries||Saudi expats and Saudi citizens coming from these countries must isolate at home for 7 days or self-isolate for 3 days and take a PCR test.|