Rising Covid-19 cases: Saudi suspends flights to and from India

Rising Covid-19 cases: Saudi suspends flights to and from India

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday suspended travel to and from India, Brazil and Argentina citing the rising Covid-19 cases in these countries.

“Saudi Arabia has suspended travel to and from India, Brazil, and Argentina; including any person  who has been there 14 days prior to their proposed arrival in Saudi…Passengers who have official government invitations are excluded from above,” the country’s civil aviation regulator General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) said in a statement.

The note, though, does not specify how long the travel ban will be effective.

While scheduled international passenger flight services remain suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic, special flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission and also the bilateral air bubble arrangements with other countries since May.

Indian and Saudi Arabia at present don’t have any bilateral air bubble agreement. A sizable Indian diaspora is in the Middle-East including in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. The UAE government insists every passenger travelling from India is required to bring an original Covid-negative certificate of an RT-PCR test done within 96 hours prior to the journey.

India reported as many as 83, 347 new cases in the last 24 hours, as the Covid-19 tally crossed the 56-lakh mark. But new recoveries (89, 746) in the country have exceeded new cases for the fifth consecutive day. 



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