COVID-19: Flight suspension continued, government agencies remain closed

1 Apr 20

SAUDI ARABIA

IMPACT – HIGH

Saudi Arabia has extended its suspension of international flights in an effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Key points:

  • The extension comes after Saudi officials initially suspended flights for two weeks beginning March 15. Flights have now been suspended indefinitely.
  • A small number of flights may be allowed in as exceptional cases, but little information on this point is available at this time.
  • Travel within Saudi Arabia, including travel by airplane, bus and train, will also remain suspended until further notice.
  • Most government and private sector workers will continue working from home, meaning in-country immigration services will be limited.
  • Visitors currently in Saudi Arabia with expiring visas may be able to extend their stay for up 180 days after paying the fee.

Analysis & Comments: Employers should account for affected travelers and rearrange travel schedules accordingly. The closure of government agencies will affect immigration processes.

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