Biman issues new guidelines for Saudi-bound passengers

KSA announces extension of Iqama, visa till June 2

Staff Correspondent

27 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Biman issues new guidelines for Saudi-bound passengers

Biman Bangladesh Airlines has issued some new guidelines for its passengers planning to travel to Saudi Arabia.

It said the passengers going to Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam will have to confirm their package including the quarantine hotel at least 72 hours before the journey.

They are requested to contact the nearest aviation office or travel agency or visit quarantine to confirm the package, noting that hotel bookings through any of the links other than Biman Holiday will not be accepted.

After confirmation of the ticket and quarantine package, the passenger will have to give a PCR test sample for COVID-19 and collect the report within 72 hours till the flight lands in Saudi Arabia. Non-resident and first-time visitors who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and have passed 14 days after receiving the second dose of vaccine will not require to stay in quarantine.

But in that case, they must carry the vaccination certificate as per the instructions of the Health Ministry.

Resident or Iqama holders who have applied from Saudi Arabia through the Tawakalna app and received a single or both doses of the vaccine and have an “Immune Status” in the app will also be exempted from mandatory quarantine.

Biman has asked the passengers to contact its nearest ticket sales centre or counter, visit its website or call 01990996996 for more details.

Saudi Arabia announces extension of Iqama, visa

Saudi Arabia has extended the validity of Iqamas (residency permits), and exit and re-entry visas, and visit visas of expatriates automatically at free of cost till June 2, reports the Saudi Press Agency citing a royal order.

The Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat) has announced this decision granted by the finance minister at the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.

According to a report published in Saudi Gazette, this new move is a part of the continuous efforts being taken by the government to ensure the safety of its citizens and residents and to mitigate its economic and financial impacts on them. This extension will also benefit the workers who are currently stranded in different countries amid travel ban, it said.

Saudi Arabia lifted the ban on international flights from May 17. Last week, the oil-rich Middle Eastern country warned its citizens of not traveling to 13 countries including India without permission due to security concerns and instability in several countries.