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GACA notifies airlines about international flight resumption from March 31

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The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) of Saudi Arabia has decided to resume all international flights from 31 March 2021 onwards.

All airlines operating at Kingdom airports have been told by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) that the suspension of international flights will be completely lifted and Saudi airports will be fully active from 31 March 2021 onwards.

Moreover, GACA explained that the travel permission does not extend to countries where the concerned committee intends to cancel travel as a result of a coronavirus outbreak.

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The authority announced that Saudi citizens would be permitted to travel outside the Kingdom and return to it effective from 6 a.m. in a circular.

GACA emphasized that, for reasons that have little to do with restricting the spread of coronavirus in the Kingdom, the new protocol does not breach any authorized criteria or controls relating to travel bans or restrictions on travel.

The authorities also stressed that in order to minimize the impact of COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia, we need to follow the fitting steps. The Ministry of the Interior declared a few days ago its decision to lift the temporary travel ban and to resume all international flights, adding that as of March, the Kingdom will revive its air, sea and land borders.

The execution of the steps will be carried out in line with the guidelines and precautions set down by the concerned committee to limit the risk of coronavirus in the Kingdom and, as the Ministry noted in its statement, in consultation with the authorities concerned.

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