The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation announced the launch of the first international flights Yesterday, Tuesday, after allowing travel for excluded groups, based on the issuance of approval, according to what was raised by the competent authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia regarding developments in the confrontation with the Coronavirus pandemic in the Kingdom.

The authority confirmed that Saudi international airports are operationally prepared for this stage, in coordination with the Ministry of Health and the relevant government agencies within the airport facilities. The authority indicated that the controls include not allowing non-Saudis to enter the territory of the Kingdom except after submitting evidence that they are free from infection with the emerging corona virus, based on a recent analysis from a reliable and approved authority outside the Kingdom, and no more than 48 hours passed since its date of arrival at the airport.

As well as adhering to the health preventive measures that impose home quarantine for those coming from outside the Kingdom for a period of three days, provided that there is a negative (PCR) test result for a sample taken 48 hours after arrival in the Kingdom and that they are free of any suspected symptoms of infection with the new Corona virus.

The authority stated that it will update the travel guide that includes approved health protocols for travel during this stage. It is noteworthy that the date set for the full lifting of the suspension for international flights will be announced 30 days before the date of January 1, 2021, and the Ministry of Health, if required at that time, may raise a request to set preventive health requirements for travelers and carriers during travel.