On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia has banned flights to and from India amid an increase in coronavirus cases, according to an official press release.
In a circular issued Tuesday, the Saudi General Civil Aviation Authority (GACA) said it was “suspending travel to and from the following countries: India, Brazil, and Argentina, including anyone who visited one of the following countries: the countries mentioned above in the last 14 days before your arrival in the Kingdom. ” But, it excludes “passengers who have official government invitations”.
The GACA circular, titled: Suspension of travel to countries where the COVID-19 virus has broken out, has been reported for all airlines and charter companies operating at airports in Saudi Arabia.
Five days ago, Air India Express announced the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) suspended flights for 24 hours for bringing in two passengers with positive COVID certificates on August 28 and September 4.
Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), due to the one of largest connecting and tourist destination.
Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the outbreak. However, special international flights have been operating between India and Saudi Arabia since May 6 as part of the Vande Bharat mission.
After a day of suspension for bringing passengers with positive COVID certificates, Air India Express resumed flights to Dubai on Saturday.
According to UAE government rules, all passengers traveling from India must bring an original negative COVID certificate from an RT-PCR test performed within 96 hours of travel.