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Saudi Arabia Partially Lifts Ban on International Flights

: Sep 15, 2020 - : 7:26 pm

Saudi Arabia has partially lifted its suspension of international flights as of Sept. 15 to allow “exceptional categories” of citizens and residents to travel, according to state news agency SPA. The kingdom suspended international flights in March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Gulf citizens and non-Saudis with valid residency permits or visas are now allowed to enter the Kingdom, provided they are not infected.  The kingdom will remove all travel restrictions on air, land and sea transport for citizens on Jan. 1, 2021.  All travelers to Saudi Arabia must present proof that they have tested negative for the coronavirus within 48 hours of their arrival.

Exceptional categories include public and military sector employees, diplomats and their families, those working for public or non-profit private sector jobs abroad, businessmen, patients who need treatment abroad, those studying abroad as well as people with humanitarian cases, and sports teams.

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