On Wednesday Riyadh’s envoy to Islamabad, Saudi Arabia will increase the number of flights arriving from Pakistan, as the first flight departed to Jeddah after Saudi authorities lifted a ban on direct entry to the kingdom.
Saudi Arabia’s ban on direct travel from Pakistan and several other countries came to an end on Wednesday as the kingdom continues to relax travel restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Saudi Arabia suspended all flights to and from the kingdom on March 14, 2020, after the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic.
Entry to the kingdom by air, land, and sea resumed on January 3, 2021, though a direct entry ban was imposed on certain countries of concern the following month.
Now, however, travelers from six countries — India, Egypt, Pakistan, Indonesia, Brazil and Vietnam — can arrive in the Kingdom without having to spend 14 days outside those countries before entering Saudi Arabia.