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Covid-19: US Dept. of State Advisory on Travel to Saudi Arabia
1. Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter Saudi Arabia?
No. Non-essential travel is restricted.
2. Are international flights to and from Saudi Arabia suspended?
From tomorrow, i.e. September 15, 2020, international flights are to operate partially. The partial operations will allow travelers from some exempted categories including the citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states as well as non-Saudis who obtain any of the following visas: exit and re-entry, work permit, Iqama (resident permit) or visit.
3. Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?
4. Is public transportation operating in Saudi Arabia?
Partial international travel (September 15, 2020), domestic air travel and travel within the country by bus, train, and other means of transportation has resumed.
5. Is travel to Saudi Arabia restricted?
The US Department of State issued on August 31, 2020, Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) to the destination. The advisory says: Reconsider Travel to Saudi Arabia due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Saudi Arabia due to terrorism and the threat of missile and drone attacks on civilian targets.
Travelers are advised to fill out Smart Traveler Enrollment Program STEP. This is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. It entitles them to get the following types of assistance.
- Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
- Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
- Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.
Medina, Madinah or Al Madinah Al Munawwarah means ‘The Enlightened City’. Medina is one of the the three holiest cities in Islam (along with Mecca and Jerusalem), and the capital of the Madinah Province of Saudi Arabia.
Nestled at the core of the Madinah Province in the western reaches of the country, the city spreads over 227 square miles (589 square kilometres). Out of the total, the share of urban area equals 293 sq. km. (117 sq. mi.), while the rest is occupied by the Hejaz mountain range, empty valleys, agricultural spaces, older dormant volcanoes and the Nafud desert.
Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport
Airport Code: MED
Location: The airport is located about 9.3 miles or 15 kilometers from the city center
Hub For: Saudia
Interesting Facts: Medina Airport also handles charter international flights during the Hajj and Umrah seasons. The Pilgrims for Hajj and Umrah can enter Saudi Arabia through this airport or through Jeddah Airport only.
Royal Jordanian (RJ): Royal Jordanian Airlines is the flag carrier airline of Jordan with its headquarters and hub at Amman–Queen Alia International Airport (AMM). Hence, the departure flights from USA are likely to have their connection at AMM.
Gulf Air (GF): Gulf Air is the flag carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The airline has Bahrain International Airport (BAH) as its hub airport. Hence, carriers departing from USA to Madinah have their layover or stopover at this airport.
American Airlines (AA): American Airlines is the flag carrier of the USA, and one of the best airlines in the North America by on-time performance. The airline operates its flights with connection at Amman (AMM) airport in Jordan. When it operates with British Airways, it may have its connection at the hub (LHR) of the latter’s.
Etihad Airways: Etihad is the second largest flag carrier of UAE with its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). All Etihad flights departing from OR heading to the USA have their stop or connection at AUH.
No carriers operate nonstop flights to Medina from any of the cities/airports in the USA.
You might have the impression that deserts are dry and hot; indeed, they are, but they do have a very pleasant and cool winter. Summers see unbearable temperatures with the mercury reaching 50 degree celsius. Hence, the best time to visit Medina would be from late October to March when the weather is not extreme. The temperature hovers between 10 and 20 degrees so a perfect time to explore the destination to the fullest.