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Saudi Arabia Announces Latest Re-Opening Plans

Ease in movement restrictions and return of domestic flights are among Saudi Arabia’s newest updates.

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27 May 2020

Last updated on 27 May 2020
Saudi Arabia Announces Latest Re-Opening Plans

KSA to re-open venues, facilities, after two months of strict health and safety measures.

Much to the relief of many residents and citizens in Saudi Arabia, the local authorities have announced that some restrictions will be lifted in phases.

The Saudi government said that restrictions will ease in three phases culminating in the end of movement restrictions starting Sunday, June 21. The change in restrictions do not apply for the holy city of Mecca.

The lift on the movement ban includes domestic flights, employees returning to work for both the public and private sector, and praying in mosques.

Those visiting public venues are required to practice social distancing and wearing face masks.

Domestic flights in KSA to resume

Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation body has also allowed limited domestic flights to resume operation from Sunday, May 31, as part of the kingdom’s move to relax their safety measures against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Domestic flights will include all local destinations, said the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).

The state-run press agency reported, “Based on what was submitted by the competent health authorities… regarding the return of some vital activities in accordance with the health controls and precautionary measures taken in combat of the novel coronavirus, the GACA announces the issuance of the approval for the resumption of domestic flights… by the national air carriers.”

All domestic flights through King Abdulaziz International Airport Jeddah will operate through Terminal 1.

Saudi airlines continue to run international flights to repatriate citizens who were stranded abroad when the travel ban took place.

The kingdom has recorded a total of 76,726 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 411 deaths and 48,450 recoveries.

 
 
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