Turkish Airlines resumes flights to Saudi Arabia

Turkish national flag carrier Turkish Airlines has announced that it will be resuming regular scheduled passenger flights to a number of destinations in Saudi Arabia following the country’s decision to lift strict COVID-19 travel restrictions.  

According to a statement issued by the airline on July 4, 2022, Turkish Airlines will resume flights from Turkey to four major cities in Saudi Arabia – Riyadh (RUH), Jeddah (JED), Dammam (DMM), and Medina (MED). The decision follows the government of Saudia Arabia’s decision to remove Turkey from its ‘red’ list of countries.  

“The flights to Saudi Arabia have resumed to pre-pandemic conditions and Saudi citizens are able to travel to or transit through Turkey again,” the statement said. 

“With the resumption of Touristanbul, Turkish Airlines passengers with connecting flights in Istanbul Airport with 6-24 hours between their flights will have the option to discover İstanbul and its cultural and historical wonders,” 

Turkey’s largest airline also announced that passengers would be able to fly to Turkey “without a PCR test or vaccination card and masks are not mandatory in the aircraft”.  

Saudi Arabia lifted all COVID-19 air travel restrictions on June 4, 2022. The decision will allow its citizens and travelers to fly to Turkey, India Ethiopia, and Vietnam, countries banned from the air travel network due to high COVID-19 infection rates, without further restriction.  


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