Amidst the rising cases of Covid 19 cases and countries resorting to lockdown, Saudi Arabia has decided to lift the travel ban. The authorities said that they are ready to operate the international flights with full capacity from Monday.
Saudi Arabia Announces Mandatory Institutional Quarantine For Travellers
As per the latest reports, the Interior Ministry announced that on May 17, the country will be fully opening their air, land and sea borders for travellers. The country will allow the people who have received the Covid 19 vaccines to travel with the ones who have recovered from the pandemic virus in less than six months.
The citizens who are below 18 years of age will be allowed to travel only if they have health insurance that covers the Covid 19 related risks.
At the same time, Saudi Arabia will impose institutional quarantine on the people entering the country, starting from May 20. The decision was based after the recommendation of various health authorities.
However, not all kinds of passengers will be going through the same process. People who have been vaccinated and official delegations will be excluded from the procedure along with their spouses and children.
But except for the vaccinated travellers, everybody else will be required to undergo home quarantine with an emphasis on the need of having a valid health insurance which would cover the risks of the Covid 19.
Saudi Arabia Prepares Nearly 385 Flights Post Uplifting Ban
The Saudi Arabian Airlines released a statement that they have completed preparations to operate flights to 71 destinations from 95 airports. It includes 28 domestic and 43 international destinations.
The General Authority of Civil Aviation said that they are expected to operate around 385 flights throughout Saudi Arabia’s kingdom. The Interior Ministry said that even though the ban is uplifted. But the travel to certain nations (Covid-19 affected) either directly or via another nation is still banned without prior permission.
The countries include Libya, Syria, Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Iran, Turkey, Somalia, Afghanistan, Belarus, Venezuela and Armenia.