Saudi Arabia extends suspension of international flights for another week

Dubai: Saudi Arabia has extended suspension of all commercial flights as well as entry into the Kingdom through land and sea ports for another week over the emergence of a new COVID-19 strain.

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Yesterday, Saudi Arabia‚Äôs top aviation body confirmed it will allow airlines operating in the Kingdom to fly out non-Saudi passengers starting immediately. Saudi Arabia had suspended all commercial flights last week, and said at the time that the temporary suspension was subject to renewal for another week.

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Health authorities said anyone who had returned from EU countries or any country where the new mutation had been detected, starting December 8, must self-isolate for two weeks from the date of entering Saudi Arabia, and undergo a coronavirus test during isolation. The test would have to be repeated every five days.

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