Saudi Arabia has announced the suspension of air travel to and from India, Brazil and Argentina due to the mounting Covid-19 cases in these countries.
The decision was taken by the Saudi Arabian civil aviation regulator, General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
The official document titled ‘suspension of travel to countries where the (Covid-19) virus has outbreak’ by the GACA has been issued to all airlines operating in the airports of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It said:
“Suspending travel to and from the following countries – India, Brazil, and Argentina, including any person who has been in any of these destinations in the last 14 days prior to their arrival to the Kingdom.”
However, the official notice excludes “the passengers who have official government invitations.”
India does not share a bilateral ‘air bubble’ arrangement with this middle-eastern country but repatriation flights on the India-Saudi Arabia sector under Vande Bharat Mission have been carried out.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong has Air India flights until October 2.
According to the latest statistics revealed by Hindustan Times, the total number of active Covid-19 cases across India as of today morning is 9,66,382.