According to a statement issued by the airline on July 4, 2022, Turkish Airlines will resume flights from Turkey to four major cities in Saudi Arabia including Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, and Medina.  The flight resumption follows the government of Saudia Arabia’s decision to remove Turkey from its ‘red’ list of countries.

“The flights to Saudi Arabia have resumed to pre-pandemic conditions and Saudi citizens can travel to or transit through Turkey again,” the statement said.

“With the resumption of Tourist, Turkish Airlines passengers with connecting flights in Istanbul Airport with 6-24 hours between their flights will have the option to discover İstanbul and its cultural and historical wonders,” Turkey’s largest airline noted.

The airline also announced that passengers would be able to fly to Turkey “without a PCR test or vaccination card and masks are not mandatory in the aircraft.”

Saudia Already Flies to Istanbul

Saudi Arabia lifted all COVID-19 air travel restrictions on June 4, 2022, a decision that allowed its citizens and travelers to fly to Turkey, India Ethiopia, and Vietnam, countries banned from the air travel network due to high COVID-19 infection rates, without further restriction.