On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia suspended air travel from countries of India, Brazil and Argentina due to rising cases of Covid-19. People who have travel history if they have visited any of the above-mentioned countries have been barred.
The issue was provided by the General Authority of Civil Aviation where they said “Suspending travel to and from the following countries (India, Brazil, and Argentina) including any person who has been in any of the mentioned countries in the last (14) days before their arrival to the Kingdom.”
This comes after Saudi Arabia had recently partially lifted the suspension of international flights where the minister had said “The kingdom will end all restrictions on air, land and sea transport for Saudi citizens after January 1 next year,”
Saudi Arabia has also allowed participating in Umrah pilgrimage and starting October 4, pilgrims residing inside the country can partake in the annual pilgrimage which was closed for 7 months due to COVID-19 cases.
Last year, the country witnessed 19 million people undertaking Umrah pilgrimage and from March, Saudi went into lockdown. Now that the rules are easing with restrictions in place, Saudi will now allow, 6000 citizens and residents inside the kingdom to perform umrah daily.
Beginning November 1, the country will allow visitors from specific countries who are deemed to be safe to perform Umrah at 100% attendance with revised capacity and it will continue until the end of the pandemic.
Haj pilgrimage is one of the largest gatherings that Saudi witnesses with over 3 million people visiting every year and this year it has to run with limited capacity.