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International flights to resume normal operations from May 17, 2021

International flights to resume normal operations from May 17, 2021

Announcement from Saudi authorities on March 11, 2021:

 Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has confirmed May 17 as the date for the resumption of international airports and the complete opening of airports all over the Kingdom.

In a circular, the GACA has informed all airlines operating from the Saudi airports about the change of the date mentioned in an earlier circular for allowing Saudi citizens to travel abroad, as well as the complete lifting of the suspension of international flights, and the opening of the Kingdom’s airports. According to the circular, the move will be effective from 1:00 a.m. on May 17. (In the earlier circular issued on January 12, the GACA notified the airlines about the previously scheduled date for the resumption of service, which was March 31).

The authority stresses the need to adhere to the preventive protocols and precautionary measures as well as instructions issued by the concerned higher committee in this regard to stem the spread of coronavirus epidemic in the Kingdom.

It also notes that the implementation of the decision to allow travel and return would not be applicable to countries that the committee decides to suspend travel or return due to the spread of the pandemic.


More information on traveling to Saudi Arabia:


Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Ministry of Health Portal (

Covid-19 Information Page - Visit Saudi Official Website

Visa Services Platform (

Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Kingdom of Norway (

Saudi-Arabia - reiseinformasjon -

The official Saudi Press Agency (

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