Health Alert: Announcing Repatriation Flights From Yemen

Message for U.S. Citizens – June 19, 2020

Location: Yemen and Saudi Arabia

Event: The Department of State has arranged with Yemeni and Saudi authorities to offer limited repatriation flights from Yemen through Saudi Arabia to the United States during the period that regular commercial service is suspended to help contain the COVID-19 virus.

On June 28 and July 1, Yemenia flights will depart Aden (ADE) at 6:00 AM and arrive in Jeddah at 8:00 AM.  Corresponding Saudia flights (number SV 35) will depart Jeddah (JED) at 12:30 PM and arrive at Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD) at 6:50 PM the same days.

There are no additional flights scheduled at this time and no indication when regular commercial air service will be restored.  The June 28 and July 1 flights are available to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) of the United States, as well as immediate family members who are documented with valid U.S. visas.  All travelers must have valid passports to purchase tickets.  U.S. citizens and LPRs who want to return to the United States should consider taking one of these flights or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite time period.

All travelers must have valid travel documents to purchase tickets.  The U.S. Government has no consular presence in Yemen and cannot assist potential travelers with expired passports or visas.

Travelers will only be allowed to transit Jeddah; they will not be admitted to Saudi Arabia.  Travel requires booking both legs in advance according to the instructions below.

Booking Instructions:  

Booking for these flights requires three steps, which must be followed carefully and in order.  The form should be completed immediately, with booking over the next few days based on the order in which the forms are submitted.

  1. Complete an online form for each traveler as soon as possible.
  2. Purchase a ticket for each traveler when called by a Saudia representative.
  3. Purchase a ticket for each traveler from Yemenia after purchasing a ticket from Saudia.

Saudia will contact travelers by phone or WhatsApp (+966 55 673 3500) based on the information provided in the online form.  These calls may occur up to several days after submitting the form.  Travelers who have a preference for one of the flights should let the Saudia agent know.  Ticket purchase on the Saudia flights is by credit card only.

Once ticketing on Saudia is confirmed, travelers should purchase tickets from Yemenia.  No later than 48 hours prior to the flight, each traveler must provide a copy of his/her passport and Saudia ticket to the Yemenia ticketing office in Sanaa or Aden and finalize payment.

Prices are $500 per person for the Aden to Jeddah flight and $1000 for the Jeddah to Washington, DC flight.  Travelers will be responsible for booking their own travel to their final destinations in the United States before their travel date.

Ground Transportation: 

Passengers are responsible for their own transportation to the Aden airport.

Other Considerations: 

Health screening will be conducted prior to embarkation.  Anyone with flu-like symptoms or a fever will not be allowed to board a flight and should not come to the airport.

Travelers will only be allowed to transit Jeddah; they will not be admitted to Saudi Arabia.

Prospective passengers should consider CDC guidance on international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic and review health conditions at their final destination. The CDC advises travelers on flights from Saudi Arabia to self-isolate for 14 days after they arrive in the United States.

Passengers who are making flight connections at Washington-Dulles International Airport should allow extra time for COVID-19 related screening procedures upon arrival in the United States.

Actions to Take: 

  •    Register in STEPand encourage other Americans to do so.
  •    Ensure your passport is valid and you have funds to purchase a ticket.
  •      Cooperate with public policies designed to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
  •      Stay abreast of local news and information concerning travel restrictions.
  •      For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  •      Visit the COVID-19 crisis pageon travel.state.govfor the latest information.
  •    Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19for information on conditions in Saudi Arabia.
  •      Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s websiteon the latest restrictions on travel to the United States.

For Assistance Contact:  

U.S. Embassy Riyadh
Abdullah Ibn Hudhafah As Sahmi Street Roundabout no. 9, Diplomatic Quarter Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Telephone: (966) (11) 488-3800
Fax: (966) (11) 488-7670

U.S. Consulate General Jeddah
Al Safa Street, Al Muhammadiyah District, near the new American School building.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Telephone: (966) (12) 220-5000
Fax: (966) (12) 220-5093

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
Saudi Arabia Country Information
Yemen Country Information
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