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Last updated 23 September 2020

After six long months of travel ban, Saudi Arabia has decided to grant entry to specific groups of international travelers, along with allowing expats and Saudi nationals to leave the country.

This is a welcome change for working professionals who had been unable to freely cross the borders since the Gulf Cooperation Council member country had shut down all incoming international flights from March 15, barring emergency cases.

This partial lift of the embargo on its land, sea, and air borders has begun on September 15. The country is also eyeing to lift all travel bans on entry and exit from January 1, 2021. Following the announcement, there’s an uptick of interest in flying to and from the country, particularly with its national low-cost carrier, Flynas.

Read along to know more about Flynas airlines booking and entry eligibility to Saudi Arabia.

Who are eligible to fly from September 15?

As of now, if you hold a valid residency permit or visas such as exit and re-entry, work permit, visit, or Iqama/residency, you can cross the international border of the Kingdom. This is applicable for all Gulf nationals and foreigners. You are eligible to fly on Flynas and enter or exit Saudi Arabia if you belong to any of the following allowed/exceptional categories:

  • Civilian and military employees working in the government who need to travel for assigned official tasks.
  • Personnel at the Saudi diplomatic and consular missions, along with their family members and dependents
  • Attachés abroad and personnel at the regional and international organizations, their families, and companions.
  • Permanent jobholders, in public, private or non-profit facilities, outside the Kingdom
  • People with job tasks in companies or commercial institutions outside the Kingdom.
  • Businesspersons who need to travel for business and conclude commercial and/or industrial activities
  • Export, marketing, and sales directors for whom visiting clients becomes essential
  • Medical tourists whose treatment obligates the travel outside the Kingdom, such as cancer cases and patients in need of organ transplantation. Entry will be granted once your medical condition is verified from all the reports.
  • Students and trainees on medical fellowship programs who wish to travel back to the country of their study as well as their dependents
  • Saudi Arabia expatriates and their dependents on showing proof of their residences outside the country
  • People engaged in sports, both regional and international. Also includes technicians and administrative staff apart from the participants.
  • Any citizen who wishes to be reunited with their relatives living in a country outside the Kingdom (humanitarian cause)
  • The death of a close relative or family member residing outside Saudi Arabia (humane cause)

For travel outside Saudi Arabia, note that if the destination country has travel restrictions from Saudi Arabia, you won’t be able to get on any flight, whether you decide to fly onFlynas or not. Additionally, all GCC nationals are currently not required to carry an ID for entry into the Kingdom.

As far as the permanent lifting of bans in January is concerned, the proposition has also been sanctioned by the Royal decree, as confirmed by the Ministry of Interior.

Travel guidelines for flying on Flynas

While you prepare to fly with Flynas to KSA, you must not miss out on the health advisory of the country and specific requirements of the airlines as delineated by Flynas on their website.

  • Apart from Saudi citizens, all arriving passengers must provide proof that they are COVID-19 negative by carrying a mandatory negative RT-PCR test report, taken no earlier than 48 hours before you land in Saudi Arabia. It must be from only accredited testing centers only and if you forget to carry the certificate, you won’t be allowed to board your flight. This is a mandatory clause mentioned by the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
  • Fill out the Health Disclaimer form, which you need to submit to the airport officials on arrival in Saudi Arabia. It is a self-declaration that you have no COVID-related symptoms neither are you aware of having contracted the disease in the past 14 days.
  • Web check-in is mandatory with the maximum allowance for carry-on luggage being 7 Kg.Masks are obligatory too.
  • You won’t be able to board the flight if at the airport screening a temperature more than 38 degrees is detected. In such cases, Flynas would reimburse the entire amount in form of flight credit valid for one year.
  • Home quarantine is mandatory for at least 2 days, after which if you test negative for the RT-PCR test, you can move out of isolation. If no test is conducted, the quarantine period gets extended up to 7 days.
  • You must download the Tatamman and Tawakkalna Applications and register to upload your home location and update health assessment information. Fill in your home location no later than eight hours after your landing. You may call 937 if any symptoms surface during the quarantine period or go to your nearby healthcare center.

Additionally, Flynas has also rolled out updated travel guidelines for all passengers leaving Saudi Arabia for any of the following countries in line with their government’s latest advisories: UAE, Kuwait, Lebanon, Sudan, Egypt, Jordan, and destinations where their Codeshare flights are arriving in partnership with Etihad Airways.

For passengers flying from Pakistan, Flynas also mentions a list of approved PCR testing centers on its website from where you can get yourself tested before you board the flight.

Flynas international special flights announcement

In the latest press release, Flynas has decided to run trips from Riyadh to Dubai. These special flights have started operation since September 17 and will continue up to September 28. It has also started flights on other international destinations such as Cairo, Khartoum, Islamabad, etc.

Flynas scheduled flights

Following the lifting of air travel ban, the Saudi airports Riyadh and Jeddah have recorded a substantial rise in passenger footfalls for international travel. Find below the major cities around the world for which Flynas is operating flights. Please note that the prices mentioned are accurate at the time of writing and the schedules are for the months of September and October.

Saudi Arabia – Dubai Flights

Dubai (DXB) to Riyadh (RUH):
Available everyday
Prices starting from  USD 293
Riyadh (RUH) to Dubai (DXB)
Available everyday
Prices starting from SAR 900

Saudi Arabia – Islamabad Flights

Riyadh (RUH) to Islamabad (ISB):
Available on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Prices starting from USD 484
Islamabad (ISB) to Riyadh (RUH):
Available on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
Prices starting from USD 545

Saudi Arabia – Cairo Flights

Jeddah (JED) to Cairo (CAI):
Available on all days of the week
Prices starting from USD 236
Cairo (CAI) to Jeddah (JED):
Available on all days of the week
Prices starting from  USD 255

Riyadh (RUH) to Cairo (CAI):
Available on all days of the week
Prices starting from USD 252
Cairo (CAI) to Riyadh (RUH):
Available on all days of the week
Prices starting from SAR 1074

Saudi Arabia – Jordan Flights

Riyadh (RUH) to Amman (AMM):
Available on September 28 and all days from October 1
Prices starting from USD 280
Amman (AMM) to Riyadh (RUH):
Available on September 28 and all days from October 1
Prices starting from USD 294

Saudi Arabia – Sudan Flights

Jeddah (JED) to Khartoum (KRT):
Available now on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday; from October 1, only on Saturdays and Sundays
Prices starting from USD 280
Khartoum (KRT) to Jeddah (JED):
Available now on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday; from October 1, only on Saturdays and Sundays
Prices starting from  USD 279

Riyadh (RUH) to Khartoum (KRT):
Available on all days
Prices starting from SAR 1,068
Khartoum (KRT) to Riyadh (RUH):
Available on all days
Prices starting from SAR 1,018