Saudi Arabia’s GACA releases travel guidelines for domestic travelers

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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As Saudi Arabia prepares to restart domestic flights on 31 May, The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has issued a travelers’ guide detailing the precautionary measures for airports and travelers. 

Travelers will have to reveal their medical information, particularly if they are encountering any COVID-19 symptoms when booking flights. Electronic payments will be the favored mode of transaction in all cases.

Ticket terminals at airports will continue to be closed to restrict contact between people. Patrons should reach at airports two hours before takeoff, go through a thermal inspection, disinfect their hands before the entrance and must wear masks and gloves at all times.

Only one piece of carry-on luggage is permitted per person and everyone must keep a safe distance at all times, guided by special stickers on the ground. Accompanying passengers to airports is restricted to those assisting senior citizens and people with disabilities.

GACA has supplied all of the Kingdom’s 28 airports with sterilizer, has placed glass shields at check-in points and asked all staff and aircrew to go through medical exams. Airline staff, similar to passengers, will be expected to sanitize their hands and wear masks and gloves. Meanwhile, airports will be cleaned every three hours and aircraft will be fumigated after each flight.

There will be an empty seat separating passengers on the flight, who are also alarmed from making cash payments for services and goods bought during the flight.