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Through an official circular issued by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (CAGA), Saudi Arabia international flight open date has been set to 17 May 2021.

For the most part, the resumption of international flights and the reopening of airports throughout the Kingdom means that international travel to and from Saudi Arabia will be effectively restored. 

However, the official circular also specifies a list of 20 countries that are temporarily barred from entering Saudi Arabia. Here is everything you need to know about the kingdom’s international flight open date. 

 

Saudi Arabia international flight open date

It was previously reported that the country would open its international borders on the 31st of March. The decision was later amended to 17 May due to the health ministry’s statement that the COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers were late in delivering contracted batches on schedule.

 

International travel and return will resume

The lifting of the restrictions means that residents and citizens will be able to travel internationally as well as return to Saudi Arabia come to the aforementioned date. However, the authorities will still implement restrictions to a number of countries listed below.

Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

The restriction applies to all travellers who have transited through or stayed in any of the above countries within 14 days before seeking entry to Saudi Arabia. Exceptions to the restriction extend to Saudi citizens, diplomats, health practitioners and their families. 

However, travellers from Saudi Arabia are allowed to travel to some countries listed above, including Pakistan, India, Indonesia, the United States, the United Kingdom and more, providing all requirements can be satisfied. Refer here for the complete list of allowed destinations for Saudi residents.   

 

Pakistan to Saudi Arabia flight open date 2021

Although Pakistan is unfortunately among the countries still temporarily banned to enter Saudi Arabia, travelling from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan is still possible. However, travellers looking to enter Saudi Arabia from Pakistan will not be granted entry unless they are Saudi citizens and their families and accompanying workers, diplomats, health practitioners and their families.   

While there’s still no definitive date for when Pakistanis will be able to travel to Saudi Arabia, the following are the regular flight schedules of Pakistan International Airlines and Saudi Airlines. This may give you some idea of what to expect once travel between the two countries is finally reinstated. 

According to their website, Saudia for May 2021 has multiple daily flights available departing from Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore to cities in Saudi Arabia the likes of Jeddah, Riyadh and Madinah. 

  • Karachi – Jeddah up to ten flights per day 7 days a week
  • Karachi – Madinah two to three flights per day 7 days a week
  • Karachi – Dammam five flights per day 7 days a week 

Please visit the airline’s official webpage for the full schedule

Pakistan International Airlines flight schedule for the month of May to cities in Saudi Arabia including Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh and Madinah mostly consists of twice-weekly flights departing from Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore. 

  • Karachi – Dammam twice-weekly Friday and Wednesday
  • Karachi – Jeddah twice-weekly Friday and Monday
  • Karachi – Madinah one weekly flight on Thursday

Please visit the airline’s official webpage for the full schedule

 

India to Saudi Arabia flight open date 2021

India is also among the countries still temporarily banned to enter Saudi Arabia. Additionally, India has extended the ban on scheduled international commercial passenger flights to and from the country till the end of April this year. 

Although travelling from Saudi Arabia to India is still possible, travellers looking to enter Saudi Arabia from India will not be granted entry unless they are Saudi citizens and their families and accompanying workers, diplomats, health practitioners and their families.  

There’s still no definitive date for when Indians will be able to travel to Saudi Arabia, as such Air India currently only displays domestic flight schedules on their website. Spice Jet on the other hand Indigo and Saudi Airlines. This may give you some idea of what to expect once travel between the two countries is finally reinstated. 

Saudia Airlines has multiple daily flights available for the month of May departing from Delhi, Islamabad and Lahore to cities in Saudi Arabia the likes of Jeddah, Riyadh and Madinah. 

  • Delhi – Jeddah up to five daily flights available 7 days a week
  • Delhi – Madinah two to four daily flights available 7 days a week
  • Delhi – Riyadh up to seven daily flights available 7 days a week

Please visit the airline’s official webpage for the full schedule

For the months of May, July and August, Spicejet operates flights to cities in Saudi Arabia including Jeddah and Riyadh. The schedule mostly consists of multiple daily flights departing from Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.

  • Delhi – Riyadh twice daily
  • Delhi – Jeddah from two to three daily flights
  • Bangalore – Jeddah up to three flights daily

Please visit the airline’s official webpage for the full schedule