Indian national carrier Air India on Monday announced that it has open the bookings for flights from India to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) under the Vande Bharat Mission.
The announcement comes after Saudi Arabia announced that it will allow direct entry of fully vaccinated expatriates from countries facing travel ban (Red List Countries).
It’s worth mentioning that currently India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Lebanon are facing a travel ban by Saudi Arabia.
As per the schedule shared by the airline, it will operate flights from India’s Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Trivandrum, Lucknow which connect Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam in Saudi Arabia.
Vande Bharat Mission | India – Saudi Arabia Flight Schedule
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Bookings of the above-mentioned flights are opened through Air India Website, Booking Offices, Call centers & Authorized Travel Agents.
Air India also advised its passengers to read the travel guidelines carefully before booking any tickets.
Guidelines For Passengers Traveling to Saudi Arabia
Passenger Category permitted to travel to Saudi Arabia from India:
Resident permit holders (Iqama holders and valid exit re-entry visa) who have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine inside the Kingdom before their departure from the Kingdom.
Travel compliance for passengers prior to travel to Saudi Arabia:
- Passengers must confirm through their Tawakalna mobile application(vaccine certificate and health passport) that the passenger has taken two doses of vaccine from Saudi Arabia prior to check-in.
- RT-PCR negative report taken within 72 hours prior to boarding. This RT PCR report must be from an ICMR accredited laboratory and must have a QR code.
- Passengers must register the Immunization data on the Muqeem website. Kindly refer to the advisory issued by the relevant government authorities before your travel.
Note: Fully vaccinated passengers are required to carry a valid vaccination certificate for both doses.
Air India also said that “It will be the sole responsibility of the passengers to ensure his/her eligibility to enter the destination country. Air India will accept no liability in this regard.”