Saudi Arabia to permit international flights from 15 September

International flights to and from Saudi have been banned for nearly six months because of coronavirus
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Saudi Arabia is set to ease its suspension on international flights from 6am on Tuesday 15 September after nearly six months of an air travel ban aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus.

In January, Saudi will end all restrictions on air, land and sea transport for its citizens, state news agency Spa reported. The Kingdom suspended all international flights in March.

Saudi Arabia is one of the Middle East region’s largest aviation markets and has so far managed to keep itself afloat with domestic services.

Now, GCC citizens and foreign residents with valid visas will be allowed to enter the Kingdom if they are Covid-19 negative.

There are also plans to gradually allow the umrah pilgrimage, which was suspended in March.

Just 10,000 people took part in the annual hajj pilgrimage in July as part of Saudi’s efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

The Kingdom has 325,000 infections, the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the Gulf. But recoveries stand at 302,000.

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