On Friday, after the Saudi government announced that passengers from six more countries, including Pakistan, would be allowed to enter the country directly, those wishing to travel from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia turned to the airlines’ offices.
According to the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad, the first flight from Pakistan will depart on December 1 at 2 p.m.
It may be recalled that a statement issued by the Saudi Interior Ministry said that travelers from six more countries, including Pakistan, would be allowed to enter the country directly from Wednesday, December 1, 2021. The statement added that travelers from these countries would have to spend five days in quarantine, even if they had been vaccinated against coronavirus in their home countries.
The offices of PIA and Saudi Airlines in Islamabad are packed with Pakistanis working in Saudi Arabia.
Speaking to Urdu News outside the Saudi Airlines office, the passengers said that they are very happy with the opening of direct flights but they do not have much information about the five-day quarantine package in Saudi Arabia yet.
Most of the passengers had their tickets purchased several months ago for flights to Saudi Arabia and had come to confirm them. Many passengers there were looking at quarantine packages on the Saudi Airlines website, which cost from fifteen hundred riyals to ten thousand riyals.
Note that these packages were released on the website for May, June 2021 and it is likely that new packages will be announced in the current circumstances.According to the passengers, no quarantine packages have been announced by PIA so far.
Speaking to Urdu News outside the office of Saudi Airlines in Islamabad, Muhammad Arif, who came from Torkham, said that he was very happy to find out about the opening of direct flights at 11 pm and left for Islamabad in the morning. ۔
Muhammad Arif said he has been in Pakistan for the past five months and used to work as a GCP operator in Saudi Arabia. “I had been taking tickets for five months and had administered both doses of the vaccine in Pakistan but was waiting for the flights to open.”
Another passenger, Anwar Ali, said he was happy to see the flights open but was worried about how he would manage the money for the quarantine package after so many months of unemployment.