Since the partial lifting of the suspension of international flights to and from Saudi Arabia on the 15th September, some airlines have begun to add the Kingdom back to their schedule for all permitted travellers (holders of exit/entry, business, residence (Iqama), and visit visas). Whilst tourist visas cannot currently be used to fly (nor being processed) until early next year, business visit visas can be – and we are able to support those who require one.
With the recent announcement from British Airways resuming flights to and from Riyadh/London from the 3 November, Saudia adding thirteen more cities to their current flight-schedule of twenty destinations, Lufthansa operating flights to and from Germany and many Gulf airlines serving the region – we are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel.
But this does not mean the end of Covid-19 measures, safety and quarantining. All airlines have travel guidelines and requirements due to Covid, which are available on their websites and are updated as the rules and regulations change.
The current processes for permitted passengers to enter into Saudi Arabia are as follows:
- Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Covid PRC test result, 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point (except children below 8 years of age).
- Once on the flight. Must Fill out and sign a Health Disclaimer Form and hand it over to health control centre upon arrival at airport.
- Upon arrival into the Kingdom, all must undergo 2-days self-quarantine at home after, then take a PCR test by the end of period. If PCR test is not conducted, self-quarantine at home continues for 7 days.
- All guests must download and register on Tatamman and Tawakkalna Applications.
- Guests must assign home location through Tatamman app within 8 hours of arrival.
Full restrictions on Saudi Arabia’s air, land and sea transport should end early next year, with a date to be announced in December 2020.