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MOI Changes the Date of Reopening All International Flights

The Long awaited announcement from Saudi Ministry related to lifting of ban from international flights, opening of land routes and sea-routes have actually been communicated.  The Ministry of Interior in its recent official announcement has actually announced related to the lifting of bans from the above mentioned activities as below:

The Recent Announcement by the Ministry

The Ministry of interior had amended the dates of lifting the temporary travel ban and resume all international flights from May 17, 2021 instead of March  31, 2021. The below mentioned 3 measures and actions have been announced and these will be effective from May 17, 2021 instead March 31, 2021.

  1. The Saudi Citizens will be allowed from May 17, 2021, instead March 31, 2021, effectively to travel outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and come back to the country accordingly.
  2. The earlier announced temporary ban on international flights will be lifted.
  3. All air, sea, and land borders will be re-opened effectively from May 17, 2021 instead of March 31, 2021.

Our those readers who have recently subscribed to our website and Facebook page, it is notified to them that the Saudi Arabia actually closed all its air, land and sea borders internationally and stopped all the incoming and outgoing of the Saudi Citizens, however, only Saudi expats were allowed to go back to their country based on meeting certain criteria (COVID-19 Test and Self-Quarantine for certain days after returning back from their home country).

It was a long awaited decision which the Saudi citizens and the Saudi expats were waiting to be announced. There are certain nationalities like Indians were completely disallowed from coming back to Saudi Arabia as the COVID 19 patient rates were quite high in India and the Saudi Govt as a proactive measure restricted their entrance in order to minimize the effect of COVID-19 spread effect. After the above news, it is really a very pleasant and happy moment to all of them who wish to visit their own country after a long time. 

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.”

Source: SPA

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