Saudi Arabia’s General Administration of Civil Aviation (GACA) has issued a notice to airlines on Wednesday, saying that is has suspended travel to and from India, Brazil, and Argentina due to the rising number of Covid-19 positive cases.
As per the GACA’s notice, anyone who has been to India, Brazil, and Argentina in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Saudi Arabia is not allowed to travel to those countries, except for those with government invitations.
However, the note does not specify a time frame for the suspension. Here is the official notice:
A senior airline official said his airline received the instruction from GACA on September 22nd.
“According to the guideline, Indian airlines are not allowed to fly flights to Saudi Arabia or flights from the Gulf nation to India from September 24th,” the airline official requested anonymity.
“It is clear that the rising number of Covid-19 cases in India has led Saudi Arabia to take this drastic step and this could lead to other countries issuing suspension orders. However, we hope the Indian Government intervened and spoke to the Saudi government to revoke it.” the suspension order added.
Currently, most of the Indian airlines including Air India, SpiceJet, and IndiGo have been operating charter and return flights from Saudi Arabia to India in the past few months. Currently, India and Saudi Arabia do not have bilateral travel under a bubble agreement.
However, passengers who have official government invitations can still travel to the country.