Saudi Arabia restarts international flights this week

Only some citizens and residents will be allowed to leave

Saudi Arabia restarts international flights this week

Saudi Arabia is set to restart international flights this week, the Saudi Press Agency has announced.

Citizens and residents will not have the complete freedom to come and go from the Kingdom as they please until at least January 2021, but there are some exceptions to ongoing restrictions.

Among those who will be able to leave from 6am on September 15 are businessmen who need to travel for work, patients who need treatment outside of the Kingdom, some students, and expats who live outside of the Kingdom.

Travel will also be permitted in humane cases, such as those who want to reunite with their family outside the Kingdom, or those who have had a death in the family.

You can find the full list of exceptions on the Saudi Press Agency website here.

There has been no update on when the King Fahad Causeway will reopen.

Anyone who enters the Kingdom must provide a negative COVID-19 test dated within 48 hours of arrival.

Authorities made the decision based on “continuing high rates of the pandemic infections in a number of countries” and the “possibility of no safe and effective vaccine for this disease by the end of 2020”.

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