GACA issues instructions to airliners regarding preventing direct, or indirect travel of citizens to a number of countries and suspending entry from them
1 july 2021
Out of the the keenness of the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia about the safety of citizens wishing to travel abroad, and in light of the continuing outbreak of the Corona pandemic (Covid-19), and the spread of a new mutated strain of the virus; the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) issued a circular to airliners operating in all of the Kingdom’s airports regarding the prevention of direct, or indirect travel of citizens to a number of countries and the suspension of entry from them.
The circular stipulates obligating airliners not to transport citizens directly, or indirectly, without obtaining prior permission from the concerned authorities to each of (the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam), while continuing to prevent travel to the previously announced countries.
GACA indicated that non-citizens from each of (the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan) are suspended from entering except for those who have stayed 14 days outside those four countries, those who are not citizens, as well as all previously announced countries.
In its circular to the airliners operating in the Kingdom’s airports, including private aviation, GACA stressed the suspension of flights between the countries to which travel is prohibited, and the application of institutional quarantine to all arrivals, including citizens, with the exception of citizens who are currently in any of those countries and those who will return before eleven o'clock in the evening on Sunday 24 Dhu al-Qa`dah 1442. This does not apply to evacuating violators of residence regulations in the Kingdom and flights related to that.
GACA harnesses all its capabilities in Saudi airports with the aim of providing an integrated healthy environment for travelers. GACA also obliges air carriers operating in the Kingdom’s airports to follow health safety requirements and precautionary and preventive measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus and limit its spread among members of society.