Saudi Arabia to bear COVID treatment expenses for traveling residents, GCC citizens

Saudi Arabia to bear COVID treatment expenses for traveling residents, GCC citizens

The guideline states that all passengers who test positive for COVID-19 may experience isolation in institutional quarantine for a period of (10-14) days

Saudi general authority of civil aviation (GACA) announced on Monday that it will bear all the expenses for the COVID-19 treatment for traveling residents and the Gulf cooperation council (GCC) who needs to be admitted to the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 during their institutional quarantine upon arrival to the Kingdom, local media house reported.

For those passengers who arrive on a visitor visa, the treatment expenses for the COVID-19 will be covered by the insurance company.

GACA on Monday issued a guideline for travelers who are not Saudi citizens and those from exempted groups who are not immunized, and those coming from countries from which entry has not been suspended.

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The guideline states that all passengers who test positive for COVID-19 may experience isolation in institutional quarantine for a period of (10-14) days, depending on their health condition for those whose health condition does not require hospitalization.

According to the guideline, all aircraft carriers must announce on their websites that the Saudi government needs institutional quarantine for countries intending to travel to the country and also obtain medical insurance to treat them for COVID-19 treatment.

Violators of isolation instruction or quarantine will be punished with a fine of SR 200,000 or imprisonment for a period of two years or more, and double the fine in case of re-theft.

Non-Saudi violators will be deported from the country and will be barred from entering indefinitely once the individual has been convicted.

The institutional quarantine will be in the city of arrival.

Travelers planning to travel to Saudi Arabia must have medical insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment. Residents and GCC citizens will be exempt from obtaining insurance.

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