Saudi lifts ban on international flights; citizens would not be allowed to travel abroad
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has lifted the ban on operation of international flights imposed in the wake of concerns about the fast-spreading new strain of the coronavirus.
The Saudi Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed the news through an official circular.
The Civil Aviation Authority has granted permission to operate flights to other countries from Saudi Arabia. But the circular did not mention about resuming operation of flights from other countries to Saudi Arabia.
The flights will be allowed to take foreigners from Saudi to other countries. At the same time, Saudi citizens will not be allowed to travel outside the country.
Staff in the flights must follow the COVID-19 protocol. They are restricted from leaving the flight and interacting with ground and operation staff in airports.
Meanwhile, Saudi has extended the travel ban to countries where the new strain of coronavirus was confirmed.
Saudi Arabia has imposed a ban on international flights last week after the UK reported a new strain of coronavirus.