Saudi Arabia will partially lift its suspension of international flights as of Sept. 15 to allow “exceptional categories” of citizens and residents to travel, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on Sunday.
GCC Citizens as well as expatriates and their dependents on valid visas will be allowed to enter the Kingdom effective Sept. 15.
They include expatriates who have valid exit and reentry visas, work visas, residency permits (iqama) and visit visas provided that they fulfill all the coronavirus related precautionary measures and protocols and a coronavirus negative test result carried out 48 hours before the entry of the Kingdom.
The interior ministry said all international travel restrictions imposed on citizens due to COVID-19 will be lifted after Jan. 1.
Starting Tuesday, 15 September 2020, travel restriction will be lifted for the following groups
– International travel for citizens (Military, government employees, and civilians assigned to official duties)
– International travel for expatriates to enter and exit the Kingdom with the following visa categories (Exit-reentry Visa, Work Visa, and Visit Visa)
– Entry and exit for Citizens of GCC member countries
The conditions for travel would be the requirement of COVID-19 test conduction no later than 48 hours.
The Ministry of Interior’s official tweet says Saudi Arabia will later announce plans to gradually re-open the Umrah pilgrimage, based on coronavirus pandemic updates.