Fresh guidelines have been issued by Saudi Arabia for travelers from Pakistan and other countries amidst the COVID-19 pandemic following its announcement of lifting travel restrictions gradually.
According to the report in its circular sent to the airlines, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) said that the travelers will submit the negative PCR test reports from a certified laboratory abroad. The test report should not be more than 72 hours earlier before the scheduled departure to any of the airports in Saudi Arabia.
Furthermore, the circular stated that the PCR test condition is just for non-Saudis who are over the age of eight years. Also, the guidelines state that ‘different regulations of the departure country must be considered and observed in determining the appropriate age to conduct Covid-19 (PCR) test for children.’
Earlier, the aviation authority directed all the foreign airlines including that of Pakistan to strictly comply by the prevention measures during flights to the Kingdom.
Saudi Arabia has made the decision to lift the travel restrictions in Saudi Arabia from 1st January 2021 that were imposed amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The interior ministry of the Kingdom made the announcement that airports, ports, and border routes will become operational from 1st January.
The Saudi citizens will be permitted to move in and out of the Kingdom freely, and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states citizens along with their expatriates and their dependents on valid visas, will be permitted to enter Saudi Arabia from Sept 15.