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Airlines Updates

07.09.2020 Saudia domestic network Abha – Sharurah 2 weekly (Previously not filed)
Dammam – Al Ula 1 weekly (Previously not filed, until 31DEC20)
Dammam – Abha 13 weekly cancelled
Dammam – Al Baha 5 weekly cancelled
Dammam – Bisha 6 weekly cancelled
Dammam – Gassim 7 weekly cancelled
Dammam – Hail 5 weekly cancelled
Dammam – Jazan 7 weekly cancelled
Dammam – Jeddah Reduce from 55-56 to 50 weekly
Dammam – Madinah 17 weekly cancelled
Dammam – Riyadh Reduce from 75-76 to 43 weekly
Dammam – Tabuk Reduce from 5 to 1 weekly (until 31DEC20)
Dammam – Taif 9 weekly cancelled
Dammam – Turaif 2 weekly cancelled
Jeddah – Abha Increase from 34 to 38 weekly
Jeddah – Al Baha Reduce from 12 to 5 weekly
Jeddah – Al Ula 2 weekly
Jeddah – Arar Reduce from 5 to 3 weekly
Jeddah – Bisha Reduce from 12 to 7 weekly
Jeddah – Dawadmi 2 weekly
Jeddah – Gassim 14 weekly
Jeddah – Gurayat Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Jeddah – Hail Reduce from 14 to 10 weekly
Jeddah – Hofuf Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly
Jeddah – Jazan Reduce from 48 to 42 weekly
Jeddah – Jouf Reduce from 11 to 4 weekly
Jeddah – Madinah Reduce from 56-65 to 28 weekly
Jeddah – Nejran Increase from 7 to 14 weekly
Jeddah – Qaisumah Reduce from 5 to 3 weekly
Jeddah – Rafha 2 weekly cancelled
Jeddah – Riyadh Reduce from 128-131 to 98 weekly
Jeddah – Sharurah Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Jeddah – Tabuk Reduce from 34 to 28 weekly
Jeddah – Taif 4 weekly cancelled
Jeddah – Turaif 2 weekly
Jeddah – Wadi al Dawaser 4 weekly cancelled
Jeddah – Wedjeh Reduce from 5 to 3 weekly
Jeddah – Yanbu Reduce from 20 to 7 weekly
Madinah – Abha 3 weekly
Madinah – Dammam 17 weekly
Madinah – Gassim 2 weekly
Madinah – Riyadh 57-58 weekly
Madinah – Tabuk 7 weekly
Neom Bay – Wedjh 1 weekly
Riyadh – Abha Increase from 33 to 44 weekly
Riyadh – Al Baha Reduce from 19 to 14 weekly
Riyadh – Al Ula Reduce from 4 to 3 weekly
Riyadh – Arar 18 weekly
Riyadh – Bisha Reduce from 18 to 14 weekly
Riyadh – Dawadmi 2 weekly cancelled
Riyadh – Gassim Reduce from 24 to 7 weekly
Riyadh – Gurayat Increase from 13 to 14 weekly
Riyadh – Hail Reduce from 30 to 21 weekly
Riyadh – Jazan Reduce from 56 to 49 weekly
Riyadh – Jouf Reduce from 27 to 21 weekly
Riyadh – Nejran Increase from 14 to 21 weekly
Riyadh – Neom Bay 1 weekly cancelled
Riyadh – Qaisumah Reduce from 17 to 14 weekly
Riyadh – Rafha Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly
Riyadh – Sharurah Increase from 7 to 11 weekly
Riyadh – Tabuk Reduce from 35 to 32 weekly
Riyadh – Taif Reduce from 42 to 28 weekly
Riyadh – Turaif 6 weekly
Riyadh – Wadi al Dawaser Reduce from 9 to 7 weekly
Riyadh – Wedjh 1 weekly cancelled
Riyadh – Yanbu Reduce from 11 to 7 weekly
Tabuk – Abha 3 weekly cancelled
Tabuk – Jazan 5 weekly cancelled
Taif – Abha 4 weekly cancelled
Taif – Jazan 2 weekly cancelled
Taif – Sharurah 2 weekly cancelled

04.09.2020 Saudia in this week’s schedule update further adjusted planned International operation for winter 2020/21 season, from 25OCT20 to 27MAR21. Latest adjustment as of 03SEP20 sees additional routes being cancelled, as schedules and flight options being removed from the system.

Additional changes remain highly likely, including possible service restoration.

Abha – Cairo Service cancelled in NW20
Dammam – Cairo Service cancelled in NW20
Dammam – Dhaka Service cancelled in NW20
Dammam – Dubai Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Abu Dhabi Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, A320 operating
Jeddah – Addis Ababa Reduce from 4 to 3 weekly, A330Regional operating
Jeddah – Amman Reduce from 12 to 4 weekly, A320 operating
Jeddah – Bangalore Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Beirut Reduce from 8 to 3 weekly, A320/330Regional operating
Jeddah – Borg el Arab Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Chennai Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Colombo – Male – Riyadh Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Delhi Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Dhaka Reduce from 11 to 2 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Jeddah – Dubai Reduce from 6 to 2 daily, 787-9/-10 operating
Jeddah – Erbil Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Guangzhou Reduce from 3 to 2 weekly, 787-9 operating
Jeddah – Hyderabad Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Islamabad Reduce from 14 to 3 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Jeddah – Jakarta 3 daily 777-300ER (no changes)
Jeddah – Johannesburg Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Karachi Reduce from 14 to 3 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Jeddah – Khartoum Reduce from 14 to 3 weekly, A330Regional operating
Jeddah – Kochi Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Kozhikode Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, A330-300 operating
Jeddah – Kuala Lumpur Reduce from 19 to 17 weekly, 787-10 operating
Jeddah – Lahore Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Lucknow Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Manila 7 weekly 777-300ER (no changes)
Jeddah – Mauritius Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Multan Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Mumbai Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Muscat Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Nairobi Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Peshawar Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Sharm el Sheikh Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, A320 operating
Jeddah – Singapore Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Tunis Service cancelled in NW20
Madinah – Borg el Arab Service cancelled in NW20
Madinah – Cairo Service cancelled in NW20
Madinah – Dubai Service cancelled in NW20
Madinah – Islamabad Service cancelled in NW20
Madinah – Jakarta 4 weekly 777-300ER (no changes)
Madinah – Karachi Service cancelled in NW20
Madinah – Kuala Lumpur 3 weekly 787-9 (no changes)
Madinah – Lahore Service cancelled in NW20
Riyadh – Abu Dhabi Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly
Riyadh – Addis Ababa Service cancelled in NW20
Riyadh – Amman Reduce from 12 to 4 weekly, A320/321 operating
Riyadh – Bangalore Service cancelled in NW20
Riyadh – Beirut Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, A320/330Regional operating
Riyadh – Borg el Arab Service cancelled in NW20
Riyadh – Cairo Reduce from 17 to 14 weekly, A330Regional operating
Riyadh – Chennai Service cancelled in NW20
Riyadh – Delhi Service cancelled in NW20
Riyadh – Dhaka Reduce from 7 to 2 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Riyadh – Dubai Reduce from 6 to 1 daily, 787-10 operating
Riyadh – Geneva 2 weekly A320 (no changes)
Riyadh – Guangzhou Reduce from 4 to 2 weekly, 787-9 operating
Riyadh – Hyderabad Service cancelled in NW20
Riyadh – Islamabad Service cancelled in NW20
Riyadh – Jakarta 3 weekly 777-300ER (no changes)
Riyadh – Karachi Service cancelled in NW20
Riyadh – Khartoum Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, A330Regional operating
Riyadh – Kochi Service cancelled in NW20
Riyadh – Kozhikode Service cancelled in NW20
Riyadh – Kuala Lumpur 4 weekly 787-9 (no changes)
Riyadh – Lahore Service cancelled in NW20
Riyadh – Lucknow Service cancelled in NW20
Riyadh – Manila Reduce from 7 to 2 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Riyadh – Mumbai Service cancelled in NW20
Riyadh – Peshawar Service cancelled in NW20
Riyadh – Sharm el Sheikh Reduced from 7 to 3 weekly, A320 operating

Previously reported changes:
Jeddah – Amsterdam Reduce from 3 to 2 weekly. This route currently only available for booking in following fare classes: J / C / D / I / Y
Jeddah – Ankara Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Athens Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Bahrain Reduce from 5 to 3 weekly, A320 operating
Jeddah – Cairo Reduce from 5 to 2 daily, A330Regional operating
Jeddah – Casablanca Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, 787-10 operating
Jeddah – Frankfurt Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Geneva Reduce from 4 to 2 weekly, A320 operating
Jeddah – Istanbul Reduce from 21 to 4 weekly, A330Regional operating
Jeddah – Kuwait City Reduce from 9 to 4 weekly, A320/330neo operating
Jeddah – London Heathrow Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, 777-300ER replaces previously filed 787-10
Jeddah – Los Angeles Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Madrid Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Manchester Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Milan Malpensa Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Munich Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – New York JFK Reduce from 4 to 2 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Jeddah – Paris CDG Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, 787-10 operating
Jeddah – Rome Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Vienna Service cancelled in NW20
Jeddah – Washington Dulles Reduce from 3 to 2 weekly
Madinah – Ankara Service cancelled in NW20
Madinah – Istanbul Service cancelled in NW20
Madinah – Kuwait City Service cancelled in NW20
Riyadh – Ankara Service cancelled in NW20
Riyadh – Bahrain Reduce from 5 to 3 weekly, A320 operating
Riyadh – Casablanca Service cancelled in NW20
Riyadh – Frankfurt Service cancelled in NW20
Riyadh – Istanbul Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly, A330Regional operating
Riyadh – Kuwait City Reduce from 2 to 1 daily, A320 operating
Riyadh – London Heathrow Service cancelled in NW20
Riyadh – Milan Malpensa Service cancelled in NW20
Riyadh – Munich Service cancelled in NW20
Riyadh – New York JFK Reduce from 3 to 2 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Riyadh – Paris CDG Service cancelled in NW20
Riyadh – Rome Reduce from 4 to 2 weekly, A320 operating
Riyadh – Washington Dulles Reduce from 4 to 2 weekly, 777-300ER operating

Published on 03.09.2020
International flights to Saudi Arabia remain suspended, says Saudia

Published on 28.08.2020
Saudia NW20 International network changes as of 27AUG20

26.08.2020 Skyteam member Saudia as of 23AUG20 filed various International service scheduled in the second half of September 2020, that would see the airline gradually restores International flights as early as 15SEP20. Also reflected in the GDS schedules listing, reservation remains unavailable at time this post goes to press (based on Saudi Arabia departure), therefore further delay to planned service resumption is highly anticipated.

Jeddah – Addis Ababa eff 16SEP20 3 weekly A330-300
Jeddah – Cairo eff 16SEP20 1 daily A330-300
Jeddah – Casablanca eff 17SEP20 3 weekly 787-10
Jeddah – Dhaka eff 16SEP20 2 weekly 777-300ER
Jeddah – Dubai eff 16SEP20 2 daily 787-9
Jeddah – Guangzhou eff 17SEP20 1 weekly 787-9
Jeddah – Islamabad eff 17SEP20 3 weekly 777-300ER
Jeddah – Istanbul eff 16SEP20 1 daily A320/321
Jeddah – Jakarta eff 15SEP20 3 weekly 777-300ER
Jeddah – Karachi eff 17SEP20 3 weekly A330-300
Jeddah – Khartoum eff 17SEP20 3 weekly A330-300
Jeddah – Kozhikode eff 17SEP20 3 weekly A330-300
Jeddah – Kuala Lumpur eff 16SEP20 3 weekly 787-10
Jeddah – London Heathrow eff 16SEP20 3 weekly 777-300ER
Jeddah – Manila eff 20SEP20 2 weekly 777-300ER
Jeddah – Paris CDG eff 17SEP20 3 weekly 787-10
Jeddah – Sharm el Sheikh eff 16SEP20 3 weekly A320
Jeddah – Washington Dulles eff 17SSEP20 2 weekly 777-300ER
Riyadh – Cairo eff 16SEP20 1 daily 777-300ER
Riyadh – Dhaka eff 18SEP20 2 weekly 777-300ER
Riyadh – Istanbul eff 16SEP20 1 daily A320/321
Riyadh – Khartoum eff 16SEP20 3 weekly A330-300
Riyadh – Kuala Lumpur 1 weekly 787-9
Riyadh – Manila eff 15SEP20 2 weekly 777-300ER
Riyadh – Sharm el Sheikh eff 17SEP20 3 weekly A320
Riyadh – Washington Dulles eff 16SEP20 2 weekly 777-300ER

Published on 25.08.2020
Saudia Sep 2020 International network preliminary filing as of 23AUG20
flynas Domestic network additions from late-August 2020

Published on 21.08.2020
Saudia NW20 European network changes as of 20AUG20

Published on 22.07.2020
Saudia intends to resume Guangzhou service from late-July 2020

Published on 21.07.2020
Saudia adds Abha – Sharurah service in July/August 2020

Published on 13.07.2020
Saudia August – October 2020 Preliminary International network as of 12JUL20

Published on 14.06.2020
Saudia will resume flights between Jeddah and Hail starting 15 June; international flights remain suspended until further notice

Published on 29.05.2020
flynas outlines limited domestic operations from 31MAY20

Published on 27.05.2020
Flynas to resume some domestic flights from 31 May

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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Saudi Arabia
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Saudi Arabia.
  • This does not apply to the following passengers who have left Saudi Arabia for the following reasons:
    • Government employees on official duty,
    • Workers in Saudi diplomatic and consular missions abroad; regional and international organizations, including their families,
    • People traveling for business purposes whose work requires visiting their clients,
    • Patients whose treatment requires travel abroad, based on medical reports,
    • Students whose studies or training require travel to the countries in which they study or train, and their companions,
    • People traveling for humanitarian purposes, including family reunification or death in the family outside Saudi Arabia,
    • Citizens of Saudi Arabia, who have proof of their residence in another country,
    • Participants in regional and international official sporting events, including players and members of technical and administrative staff,
    • citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) or passengers who hold a valid visa for Saudi Arabia, provided they hold proof that they are free of coronavirus obtained within 48 hours of arrival in Saudi Arabia from a reliable authority.
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Flight Restrictions

published 19.05.2020
Flights to Saudi Arabia are suspended.
– This does not apply to technical stops, humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights. These flights are subject to prior approval from GACA.

Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site.
On arrival in Saudi Arabia all travellers are required to enter Ministry of Health quarantine facilities for 14 days.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

On arrival in Saudi Arabia, you must provide your contact details and travel information. All travellers are required to provide proof of having taken a coronavirus PCR test that is negative within 48 hours of departure. All travellers will have their temperature checked, are tested on arrival in Saudi Arabia. Testing is not available at the airport or sea ports at departure. Passengers travelling from Saudi Arabia, who require a test for the country they are travelling to, should arrange privately for a test through their existing medical providers.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 1 year or
over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for more
than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Malaria (2019)
The country is in the pre-elimination phase of malaria. Local transmission is reported only in villages on the
border with Yemen (except in the high-altitude areas of Asir Province) due predominantly to P. falciparum
and mainly from September through January. The infection rate is reduced to less than 0.3 cases per 100 000
inhabitants. No risk exists in the cities of Mecca and Medina.
WHO recommended prevention in risk areas: C

Other country requirement(s) (2019)
Meningococcal meningitis
Adults and children aged over 2 years arriving for Umrah, Hajj or for seasonal work in Hajj zones, are required
to submit a valid vaccination certificate with a quadrivalent (ACYW) meningococcal vaccine administered
not less than 10 days prior to the planned arrival to Saudi Arabia. Vaccination with ONE of the following
vaccines is acceptable:
β€’ Quadrivalent (ACYW) polysaccharide vaccine within the last 3 years.
β€’ Quadrivalent (ACYW) conjugate vaccine within the last 5 years.
Current scientific evidence suggests that conjugate vaccines are safe and effective for those above 55 years of
age. Health authorities at the pilgrim countries should ensure vaccinating their pilgrims within the required
validity period and make sure that the type of vaccine is clearly showed in the vaccination certificate.
If the vaccine type is not indicated in the certificate, the certificate will be valid for 3 years.

Vaccination with quadrivalent (ACYW) conjugate vaccine is also required for:
β€’ Domestic pilgrims.
β€’ Residents of the two holy cities (Mecca and Medina).
β€’ Any person who may come in contact with pilgrims, including personnel in health-care settings and
other authorities.
The Ministry of Health in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia may opt to administer prophylactic antibiotics to some
travellers to at the points of entry if deemed necessary.

Poliomyelitis
Travellers from areas with active poliovirus transmission (i.e. those with active transmission of a wild or
vaccine-derived poliovirus) and from countries at risk of polio reintroduction are required to submit a valid
polio vaccination certificate.

Travellers arriving from Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger,
Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Syrian Arab Republic, Somalia and Yemen should present proof of
vaccination with at least one of the following vaccines:
β€’At least one dose of bivalent oral polio vaccine (OPV) within the previous 12 months and administered
at least 4 weeks prior to arrival or
β€’ At least one dose of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) within the previous 12 months and administered
at least 4 weeks prior to arrival.
Travellers arriving from Afghanistan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Syrian Arab Republic,
Somalia and Yemen will also receive one dose of OPV at the border points on entry in Saudi Arabia.

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Full Restrictions

  • Saudi Arabia Latest News: Government will partially lift suspension of international flights as of 15 September (Reuters,13.09.2020). Government extends ban on international flights through 29 September (SamaaTV, 20.08.2020). Saudi Arabia reopens its land borders with UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain; flights resume (Arab News, 05.08.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    International flights and sea routes were suspended on 15 March. From 15 September 2020, certain categories of travellers holding valid visas (exit/entry, business, residence/Iqama and visit) are allowed to enter and exit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Restrictions have been placed on some land border crossings.
    There are currently no transit flights through Saudi Arabia.
    All travelers entering Saudi Arabia must provide proof of having taken a coronavirus PCR test that is negative within 48 hours of departure. All travelers will have their temperature checked on arrival in Saudi Arabia, and will be placed in health isolation for 14 days following their arrival.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Authorities in Saudi Arabia announced the full lifting of the nationwide curfew and the resumption of all economic and commercial activities from Sunday 21 June. There are no restrictions on travel to and from airports and ports. Commercial flights are now operating to and from Saudi Arabia on a limited number of routes. All modes of public transport (taxis, buses, trains and others) are permitted to operate at full capacity. The Saudi authorities have announced that wearing a face mask in public places is mandatory. Preventative measures remain in force. The Saudi authorities will keep this plan under review depending on the progress of the virus. You should monitor announcements issued by the Saudi Ministry of Health Twitter page and Ministry of Interior see here for any updates. The Saudi authorities may implement localised lockdowns in response to the detection of infection clusters. If you are subject to a localised lockdown, follow the instructions of the authorities.
    Hotels and private rentals are open and available to book. Hygiene measures are in place, including temperature checks on entry and hand sanitiser in public spaces. Cafes, restaurants, and places of worship are permitted to operate. Many public places have hygiene measures in place, including taking a temperature check and sanitising hands upon entry. Wearing a face mask in public places is mandatory. All gatherings must be limited to no more than 50 people.

    Relaxation to restrictions:
    Saudi Arabia will lift a nationwide curfew and resume all economic and commercial activities as of Sunday 21 June morning.(Reuters, 20.06.2020)

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    17.09.2020
  • Saudi Arabia Government to lift nationwide curfew from 21 June; international flights remain suspended (Reuters, 20.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    International flights and sea routes were suspended on 15 March. Restrictions have also been placed on some land border crossings.
    There are currently no transit flights through Saudi Arabia.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Authorities in Saudi Arabia announced the full lifting of the nationwide curfew and the resumption of all economic and commercial activities from Sunday 21 June. There are no restrictions on travel to and from airports and ports. Commercial flights are now operating to and from Saudi Arabia on a limited number of routes. All modes of public transport (taxis, buses, trains and others) are permitted to operate at full capacity. The Saudi authorities have announced that wearing a face mask in public places is mandatory. Preventative measures remain in force. The Saudi authorities will keep this plan under review depending on the progress of the virus. You should monitor announcements issued by the Saudi Ministry of Health [https://twitter.com/SaudiMOH] and Ministry of Interior [https://twitter.com/moisaudiarabia?lang=en] for any updates. The Saudi authorities may implement localised lockdowns in response to the detection of infection clusters. If you are subject to a localised lockdown, follow the instructions of the authorities.
    Hotels and private rentals are open and available to book. Hygiene measures are in place, including temperature checks on entry and hand sanitiser in public spaces. Cafes, restaurants, and places of worship are permitted to operate. Many public places have hygiene measures in place, including taking a temperature check and sanitising hands upon entry. Wearing a face mask in public places is mandatory. All gatherings must be limited to no more than 50 people.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Saudi Arabia will lift a nationwide curfew and resume all economic and commercial activities as of Sunday 21 June morning.(Reuters, 20.06.2020)

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    17.07.2020
  • Saudi Arabia Saudia resumed flights between Jeddah and Hail starting 15 June; international flights remain suspended until further notice. (Saudi Gazette, 14.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The suspension of all international flights to/from Saudi Arabia is extended until further notice. All land crossings remain restricted to commercial trucks only. Saudi citizens and residents are NOT exempted. The Saudi authorities have introduced an online registration system to facilitate the repatriation of expatriates holding exit/re-entry or final exit visas to their home countries. Approved residents will receive an SMS with available dates and will be able to purchase flight tickets. Departures will take place through Riyadh-based King Khalid International Airport, Jeddah-based King Abdulaziz International Airport and Dammam-based King Fahd International Airport.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Economic and commercial activities will continue as normal. People can go out for essentials from 09.00 to 17.00, except for Mecca and other areas under a full lockdown. A 24-hour curfew is in effect in Mecca and Medina and seven neighbourhoods in Jeddah: Al-Mahjar, Al-Qurayyat, Ghulail, Kilo 13, Kilo 14 North, Kilo 14 South and Petromin until further notice. Until 13 May, the 24- hour curfew the capital Riyadh, Tabuk (Tabuk province), rest of Jeddah, Taif (both Mecca province), Dammam, Dhahran, Qatif, Khobar (all Eastern province) and Hofuf will be reduced to 17.00 to 09.00. Curfew restrictions have been eased in Al-Qatif governorate (Eastern province). Residents are now allowed to go out during the curfew i.e. 09.00- 17.00, as well as enter and exit the governorate. In cities and neighbourhoods under 24-hour lockdown only one adult from each household is allowed to leave their home to procure essentials such as food and medicine between 09.00 and 17.00. Residents seeking to travel between provinces for humanitarian, emergency or exceptional circumstances can apply for permits through this online system.
    Exemptions apply to those in vital public and private sectors such as security, military and media. Those who work in health services are also excluded from the curfew. Saudi Arabian Airlines domestic flights appear to be available for booking from 1 June, however this might change at short notice.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Saudi Arabia will lift a nationwide curfew and resume all economic and commercial activities as of Sunday 21 June morning.(Reuters, 20.06.2020)

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    20.06.2020
  • Saudi Arabia Government to end curfew for all areas except Mecca starting 21 June (Reuters, 25.05.2020) Flights to Saudi Arabia are suspended. – This does not apply to technical stops, humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights. These flights are subject to prior approval from GACA.

    International restrictions:

    The suspension of all international flights to/from Saudi Arabia is extended until further notice. All land crossings remain restricted to commercial trucks only. Saudi citizens and residents are NOT exempted. The Saudi authorities have introduced an online registration system to facilitate the repatriation of expatriates holding exit/re-entry or final exit visas to their home countries. Approved residents will receive an SMS with available dates and will be able to purchase flight tickets. Departures will take place through Riyadh-based King Khalid International Airport, Jeddah-based King Abdulaziz International Airport and Dammam-based King Fahd International Airport.

    Internal restrictions:

    From 14 to 22 May, economic and commercial activities will continue as normal. People can go out for essentials from 09.00 to 17.00, except for Mecca and other areas under a full lockdown.

    From 23 to 27 May, the authorities will impose a 24-hour full lockdown countrywide. A 24-hour curfew is in effect in Mecca and Medina and seven neighbourhoods in Jeddah: Al-Mahjar, Al-Qurayyat, Ghulail, Kilo 13, Kilo 14 North, Kilo 14 South and Petromin until further notice. Until 13 May, the 24- hour curfew the capital Riyadh, Tabuk (Tabuk province), rest of Jeddah, Taif (both Mecca province), Dammam, Dhahran, Qatif, Khobar (all Eastern province) and Hofuf will be reduced to 17.00 to 09.00. Curfew restrictions have been eased in Al-Qatif governorate (Eastern province). Residents are now allowed to go out during the curfew i.e. 09.00- 17.00, as well as enter and exit the governorate. In cities and neighbourhoods under 24-hour lockdown only one adult from each household is allowed to leave their home to procure essentials such as food and medicine between 09.00 and 17.00.. Residents seeking to travel between provinces for humanitarian, emergency or exceptional circumstances can apply for permits through this online system. Exemptions apply to those in vital public and private sectors such as security, military and media. Those who work in health services are also excluded from the curfew. Saudi Arabian Airlines domestic flights appear to be available for booking from 1 June, however this might change at short notice.

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    26.05.2020
  • Saudi Arabia Government enforces 24-hour curfew during five-day Eid al-Fitr holiday (Reuters, 12.05.2020), Government allows entry into, exit from Qatif province from 30 April (Reuters, 29.04.2020) 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Saudi Arabia. – This does not apply to nationals of Saudi Arabia. 2. Airline crew are subject to quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival if they passed through the passport control in a country with an ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the past 2 weeks. The suspension of all international flights to/from Saudi Arabia is extended until further notice. All land crossings remain restricted to commercial trucks only. Saudi citizens and residents are NOT exempted. The Saudi authorities have introduced an online registration system to facilitate the repatriation of expatriates holding exit/re-entry or final exit visas to their home countries. Approved residents will receive an SMS with available dates and will be able to purchase flight tickets. Departures will take place through Riyadh-based King Khalid International Airport, Jeddah-based King Abdulaziz International Airport and Dammam-based King Fahd International Airport.

    Internal restrictions:

    Saudi Arabia will enforce a 24-hour curfew across the kingdom during a 5-day holiday to celebrate Muslim Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan to stem the spread of coronavirus. Until then economic activities will remain open and people can move freely between 9 a.m. local time (0600 GMT) and 5 p.m., excluding Mecca which remains under full curfew. (Reuters, 13.05.2020) A 24-hour curfew is in effect in Mecca and Medina and seven neighbourhoods in Jeddah: Al-Mahjar, Al-Qurayyat, Ghulail, Kilo 13, Kilo 14 North, Kilo 14 South and Petromin until further notice. Until 13 May, the 24-hour curfew the capital Riyadh, Tabuk (Tabuk province), rest of Jeddah, Taif (both Mecca province), Dammam, Dhahran, Qatif, Khobar (all Eastern province) and Hofuf will be reduced to 17.00 to 09.00. In cities and neighbourhoods under 24-hour lockdown only one adult from each household is allowed to leave their home to procure essentials such as food and medicine between 09.00 and 17.00 local time. Residents seeking to travel between provinces for humanitarian, emergency or exceptional circumstances can apply for permits through this online system. Exemptions apply to those in vital public and private sectors such as security, military and media. Those who work in health services are also excluded from the curfew.

    Source: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm https://sa.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/ https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening

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    13.05.2020
  • Saudi Arabia Government allows entry into, exit from Qatif province from 30 April (Reuters, 29.04.2020)
    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Saudi Arabia.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Saudi Arabia.
    2. Airline crew are subject to quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival if they passed through the passport control in a country with an ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the past 2 weeks.

    The suspension of all international flights to/from Saudi Arabia is extended until further notice.
    All land crossings remain restricted to commercial trucks only.
    Saudi citizens and residents are NOT exempted.
    The Saudi authorities have introduced an online registration system to facilitate the repatriation of expatriates holding exit/re-entry or final exit visas to their home countries. Approved residents will receive an SMS with available dates and will be able to purchase flight tickets. Departures will take place through Riyadh-based King Khalid International Airport, Jeddah-based King Abdulaziz International Airport and Dammam-based King Fahd International Airport.

    Internal restrictions:

    A 24-hour curfew is in effect in Mecca and Medina and seven neighbourhoods in Jeddah: Al-Mahjar, Al-Qurayyat, Ghulail, Kilo 13, Kilo 14 North, Kilo 14 South and Petromin until further notice. Until 13 May, the 24-hour curfew the capital Riyadh, Tabuk (Tabuk province), rest of Jeddah, Taif (both Mecca province), Dammam, Dhahran, Qatif, Khobar (all Eastern province) and Hofuf will be reduced to 17.00 to 09.00. In cities and neighbourhoods under 24-hour lockdown only one adult from each household is allowed to leave their home to procure essentials such as food and medicine between 09.00 and 17.00 local time. Residents seeking to travel between provinces for humanitarian, emergency or exceptional circumstances can apply for permits through this online system. Exemptions apply to those in vital public and private sectors such as security, military and media. Those who work in health services are also excluded from the curfew.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    OSAC Travel Advisories/
    Ministry of Health/
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