SkyUp operates first direct flights to Saudi Arabia.

On August 3-4, 2021, the Ukrainian low-cost carrier SkyUp Airlines launched its first flights to Saudi Arabia on the Kyiv-Dammam-Kyiv and Kyiv-Riyadh-Kyiv routes.

"We'll operate flights from the capital to Dammam every Tuesday, and back on Wednesdays, to Riyadh – on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and back to Kyiv – on Thursdays and Sundays," the airline’s press service reports.

A large-scale flight programme for this destination is scheduled. In addition to the already launched routes, Lviv-Dammam-Lviv flight starts on August 5, and Kyiv-Jeddah-Kyiv begins on August 8. SkyUp will fly to Dammam from Lviv on Thursdays, and back on Fridays, to Jeddah from Kyiv – on Thursdays and Sundays, and back on Fridays and Mondays, respectively.

Tickets are available on skyup.aero.

Vaccinated and unvaccinated Ukrainians can travel to Saudi Arabia, but under different conditions.

Vaccinated travelers must have a certificate of complete vaccination, register on the online platform 72 hours before departure, and provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to border crossing (does not apply to children under 8 years of age).

Unvaccinated travelers need to register on the online platform 72 hours before departure, provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before crossing the border (does not apply to children under the age of 8), purchase before departure quarantine package, which includes insurance against COVID-19 disease, the place of quarantine, and taking PCR tests on the 1st and 7th days of quarantine, and mandatory self-isolate/go quarantine for 7 days and retake the PCR test on the 1st and 7th days of being in quarantine.

Details on the rules for entering Saudi Arabia and the conditions for serving self-isolation/quarantine can be found on the official website of the KSA Health Administration (Weqaya). Also, the conditions of entry can be specified on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine "Tips for travelers from the consular service of Ukraine".

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