Flydubai flies in as Saudi Arabia lifts entry ban

Eudore R. Chand

RIYADH 4 January 2021: Saudi Arabia has lifted the entry ban, but has kept some coronavirus restrictions.

Meanwhile, Dubai-based carrier Flydubai announced it has already resumed its flights to the Dammam International Airport, and Riyadh International Airport, Saudi Arabia, with its Jeddah flights, which are now open for booking, to follow effective February.

The company said the announcement comes in line with the directives issued by all authorities concerned, and urged all travelers to check IATA Travel Centre, which is run by the International Air Transport Association, or its website: flydubai.com, ahead of booking their flights.

Entry to Saudi Arabia by sea, land and air resumed from Sunday, 3rd January, at 11 am, following a two week entry ban over fears of a new coronavirus variant, the Saudi Press Agency and Wam reported.

In a statement, the Ministry of Interior said that non-citizens entering from the UK, South Africa or any other countries where the new variant spread, will require to stay at least 14 days out of these countries before entering the Kingdom.

Meanwhile, citizens with “humanitarian and urgent cases” will be allowed to enter Saudi but will be required to quarantine in their homes for 14 days and undergo PCR testing.

Travelers coming from countries in which some cases of the strain were registered will require to quarantine in their homes under observance for 7 days, with a PCR test taken before the end of the quarantine period on day 6.

All travelers arriving from the rest of the world are given a choice of undergoing a 7-day home quarantine or a 3-day home quarantine with a mandatory PCR test.

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