Saudi Arabia to Partially Lift Ban on International Flights


Clarion India 

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia will allow its citizens to exit and re-enter the Kingdom through all land, sea, and air ports after January 1, 2021, given that all coronavirus-related precautionary measures are followed, state news agency SPA reported on Sunday.

“Completely lifting the restrictions on citizens leaving and returning to the Kingdom, and allowing the opening of ports for the crossing of all means of transport through land, sea and air ports, after January 1, 2021, while adhering to the current coronavirus precautionary procedures,” SPA reported.

“The specific date and time for lifting the suspension will be announced 30 days prior to January 1, 2021. The Ministry of Health may, should it be required, request to put in place certain preventative health requirements for travelers and carriers during travel, and in the halls of airports, ports, and stations,” SPA added.
GCC citizens and non-Saudis with valid visas to leave and enter the Kingdom, for work, or residency or visits, given that they adhere to the coronavirus-related health precautions.

One of the main rules is that no person is allowed entry to the Kingdom, unless they have proof of being free of COVID-19. This must be done by providing a negative result of a coronavirus test that is not older tan 48 hours and must be done at a certified entity.

Saudi Arabia will later announce a plan to gradually re-allow Umrah pilgrimage, based on the coronavirus pandemic updates.

The Kingdom had banned all international travel to and from its lands since early March as a measure to control the spread of the coronavirus.

The government began re-opening and returning to “normalcy” at the end of May, but international flights remained banned.

Saudi Arabia reported 325,651 confirmed coronavirus cases, 302,870 recovered patients, and 4,268 deaths as of Sunday, according to the Ministry of Health.


  1. Why are you people denying us the right to see our family after years. Are we animals that you don’t even care about non citizen at all. I heard in june there will be international flight by September nd i said to myself to endure another 3mnt,I dont even know if i can sustain another 1mnt without seeing my mother yet You dint even put us into consideration before saying jan2021 like almost 4mnt. I read news every hours nd end up crying when the news is not favourable. Only your citizens re visible to you. These is not fair at all but you know we can’t do anything. Anyway there’s God above us all.


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