Flights between India and Saudi Arabia may not resume from 17th May as the country is not resuming flights with countries on which Saudi Arabia imposed a travel ban.
Saudia, the national carrier of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in a reply to a tweet said that the decision to resume international flights from May 17 does not apply to 20 countries Saudi Arabia imposed a travel ban on in early February.
The airline said this in a statement on its Twitter account while replying to queries of a citizen whether the travel suspension will be lifted for all countries, including the banned ones.
“The suspension of all international flights will be lifted starting from 1 a.m. on Monday, May 17. But this won’t be applicable to countries where the relevant official committee decided to suspend travel to or form due to the outbreak of coronavirus,” Saudia said in a statement.
It is worth mentioning that the Ministry of Interior on February 03rd announced a temporary suspension for entry to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on non-citizens, diplomats, health practitioners, and their families coming from 20 countries.
The countries facing the ban are Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom (UK), and United States of America (USA).
The temporary suspension includes whoever comes from other countries if he/she passed through any of the aforementioned countries during the 14 days preceding the request to enter the Kingdom.
Earlier, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) of Saudi Arabia has announced that the international flights will be resume fully by May 17, 2021.