Saudi Arabia has decided to extend the travel ban on its citizens until 17 May 2021, instead of the earlier announcement of March 31, 2021.
The decision to lift the temporary travel ban and resume all international flights starting from May 17, 2021, includes the following measures:
- Saudi Citizens will be allowed to travel outside Saudi Arabia and come back starting from 1:00 am on May 17.
- The temporary ban on international flights will be lifted. However, GACA clarified that the travel permit does not apply to countries to which the concerned committee decides to suspend travel as a result of the outbreak of coronavirus.
- All air, sea, and land borders will reopen.
وزارة الداخلية تعلن عن تعديل موعد رفع تعليق السفر للمواطنين وفتح المنافذ البرية والبحرية والجوية بشكل كامل ليكون اعتباراً من الساعة الواحدة صباحاً من يوم الاثنين 5 / 10 / 1442هـ الموافق 17 / 5 / 2021 م بدلاً من 18 / 8 / 1442هـ الموافق 31 / 3 / 2021م.#واس_عام
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The implementation of the above-mentioned measures will be done in accordance with the procedures and precautions laid down to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Saudi Arabia.
Does it include the flights to India?
Saudi Arabia imposed a ban on flights to and from India, Brazil, and Argentina on September 23, 2020.
According to the GACA Circular, the travel permit does not apply to countries to which the concerned committee decides to suspend travel which means that the flights to and from India will continue to remain suspended even after May 17, 2021.
Source: Saudi Gazette