Biman resumes flights to Saudi Arabia...

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Biman resumes flights to Saudi Arabia

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 04:06 PM, 29 May 2021  

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Biman Bangladesh Airlines resumed flights to Saudi Arabia on Saturday after nine days of suspension. 

A top official of the national flag carrier confirmed the information. 

In line with the new travel advisory of the Saudi government that came into effect from May 20, the first flight is scheduled to leave Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for Saudi Arabia's Dammam at 3:30 pm, the second flight to Jeddah at 6:15 pm and the third flight to Riyadh at 3:20 am tomorrow, he said.

The national airliner is assisting Saudi-bound migrant workers, who are yet to be vaccinated, in booking hotels for their stay during seven-day institutional quarantine, the official added. 

On May 19, Biman had primarily suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia for five days starting from May 20. However, the national flag carrier later extended the suspension period for four more days.  

According to Saudi's new travel advisory, Bangladeshi expatriate workers will have to complete their hotel booking through a specific website for institutional quarantine. They will have to confirm their hotel booking at least 72 hours before departure. 

However, no quarantine is need for non-residents and first-time visitors who have completed 14 days since receiving all doses of the vaccination and can provide a certificate or proof in accordance with the requirements set by the Ministry of Health

Residence/Iqama holders whose status shows (immune) in (Tawaklna) application after completing their vaccinations in KSA will also need no quarantine.