GACA issues new advisory as Saudi Arabia resumes international travel

GACA issues new advisory as Saudi Arabia resumes international travel

Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation authority on Monday updated its travel advisory outlining more coronavirus precautionary measures.

The travel advisory issued by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) coincided with the resumption of international travel.

New preventive measures

It includes the previously announced procedures in addition to new preventive measures.

The new advisory includes several new procedures which are the following:

— The Tawakkalna application is a must to gain entry to all airports in the Kingdom

— Travel is only for the permitted categories in accordance with the requirements specified by the competent authorities.

— Entry to airports is restricted to those who carry travel tickets, except for those accompanying people with disabilities

— It is necessary to ensure following health requirements of the intended destinations and adhering to all precautionary measures.

— Travelers should reach airports well in advance of their flights and to ensure that they are in good health before entering airport lounges.

—Travelers whose body temperature exceeds 38 degrees Celsius will not be able to enter airports

— The use of electronic payment methods is important in order to reduce the use of banknotes

— Commitment to board planes according to seats allocated by airlines, and to apply physical distancing among fellow passengers

— Aircrews and passengers inside planes must wear face masks and hand gloves throughout the flight. Besides, maintaining social distancing as much as possible while providing meals and other services

— Prayer areas in planes, if any, must be closed

The updated advisory also touched upon measures needed when there is suspicion of coronavirus positive case.

It calls for the allocation of some seats as a quarantine area to deal with potential emergencies during the flight and appointing a crew member to deal with the patient and limit his movement as much as possible.

Upon arrival, the patient’s luggage should deliver in accordance with the laid down procedures. He or she should transfer to the hospital.