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GACA issues new travel advisory

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) updated its travel advisory on Monday.

The newly issued advisory includes previously announced procedures as well as new preventive measures. The following new procedures are included in the new advisory:

1, Travel is permitted only for those who fall within the permitted categories and meet the requirements specified by the competent authorities.

2, Tawakkalna app is required for entry into all airports in the Kingdom.

3, Airports are only accessible to those with valid travel tickets, with the exception of those accompanying people with disabilities. Read: Saudia resumes international flights to 43 destinations

4, Travelers are urged to arrive at airports well in advance of their scheduled flights and to check their health before entering airport lounges.

5, It is necessary to ensure compliance with the health requirements of the intended destinations and with all precautionary measures.

6, Travelers with a body temperature greater than 38 degrees Celsius will be denied entry to airports.

7, Electronic payment methods are encouraged in order to reduce the use of paper currency.

8, Commitment to board planes according to airline-assigned seats and to maintain physical distance from fellow passengers

9, Aircrews and passengers inside planes must wear face masks and hand gloves throughout the flight and maintain as much social distance as possible while providing meals and other services.

10, If there are any prayer areas on planes, they must be closed.

The authority recommends allocating some seats as a quarantine area to deal with any potential emergencies during the flight, as well as assigning a crew member to deal with the patient and restrict his movement as much as possible.

When the patient arrives, his or her luggage should be delivered in accordance with defined procedures, and he or she should be transferred to the hospital.

Saudi Gazette


Mohammed Ameen is an expatriate blogger who loves sharing his experiences of living and working in the Gulf countries.