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I flew out of Thailand on Qatar to Saudi Arabia a couple of weeks ago. I was originally going with Emirates but Saudi banned all those flights as UAE is on their red list. My wife had planned to visit me in Saudi soon but I now see that no flights are available on Qatar website. Have they stopped flying out of Bangkok? 

 

Furthermore are any Middle East carriers apart from UAE based ones flying at the moment? Gulf aren't, Qatar maybe not, and Emirates and Etihad are a no no as they're UAE. 

 

So far the only flight I've managed to find to Riyadh that complies with the restrictions is with Philippines Airlines which obviously is going the long way round. 

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To answer my own question, Qatar is still flying but they're only showing flights up to the 27th of March on the website. Presumably in time they'll show flights in April as well. 

 

Okay. Panic over. 

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46 minutes ago, stubuzz said:

Saudi borders are closed until May 17.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1800521/saudi-arabia

 

 

That's only for Saudis. They've not been allowed to travel for nearly a year now. For non Saudi residents, or people visiting non Saudi residents there are no restrictions. Just have to follow quarantine guidelines on arrival. 

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32 minutes ago, Tanoshi said:

I can get flights up for April, BKK - Doha.

Yeah, I think it's just the airline not showing too far ahead. I'll look again next week and hopefully they'll have the 1st week of April showing by then. 

 

Speaking to my wife earlier. She wasn't too enamoured with the idea of going via the Philippines!

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1 hour ago, bermondburi said:

That's only for Saudis. They've not been allowed to travel for nearly a year now. For non Saudi residents, or people visiting non Saudi residents there are no restrictions. Just have to follow quarantine guidelines on arrival. 

Are you sure. I have some colleagues trapped overseas who claim they cannot return.

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1 hour ago, stubuzz said:

Are you sure. I have some colleagues trapped overseas who claim they cannot return.

Absolutely. I arrived in Saudi only 2 weeks ago. There are people who are having to spend 14 days somewhere before entry because they've come from, or passed through a country on the Saudi red list, but entry is still permitted. I have 2 South African colleagues in Zanzibar right now doing exactly this. 

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Don't know if this answers your OP, but we just booked a repatriation flight arranged by the Thai embassy from LAX to BKK [via Doha] for the 1st week in March.  Maybe a charter flight?

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8 hours ago, bermondburi said:

To answer my own question, Qatar is still flying but they're only showing flights up to the 27th of March on the website. Presumably in time they'll show flights in April as well. 

 

Okay. Panic over. 

Daylight saving starts in the northern hemisphere on the 28 March 2021 and this is the time all the airlines change to their summer timetables.

 

Qatar may not have finalised their timetable for the summer. Check back in a week or two and you may well find the flight you are looking for after 27 March

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6 minutes ago, ozfarang said:

Daylight saving starts in the northern hemisphere on the 28 March 2021

 

14 March 2021 in the U.S. I think.

 

Qatar made a big splash when they re-launched service (stopped since 2017) last month. 

 

Last scheduled date right now is 26 MAr for DOH-RUH

 

https://www.qatarairways.com/en/press-releases/2021/January/saflightsresume.html

 

Can't see why they wouldn't extend that (daily) service?

 

Other schedules published out 330+ days.

 

Maybe drop them a DM on Twitter, or via one of their other contact points. Extremely responsive IME.

 

@qrsupport

 

 

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2 hours ago, mtls2005 said:

 

14 March 2021 in the U.S. I think.

 

Qatar made a big splash when they re-launched service (stopped since 2017) last month. 

 

Last scheduled date right now is 26 MAr for DOH-RUH

 

https://www.qatarairways.com/en/press-releases/2021/January/saflightsresume.html

 

Can't see why they wouldn't extend that (daily) service?

 

Other schedules published out 330+ days.

 

Maybe drop them a DM on Twitter, or via one of their other contact points. Extremely responsive IME.

 

@qrsupport

 

 

Cheers, sounds reasonable. 

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I had notification that my flight to London on 31st March has been cancelled. I never intended to go on that date anyway, I'll move it to something like July/August under their flexible booking conditions, but that is most unusual.

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Qatar is flying twice a day from Bangkok to Doha. 

 

Yesterday I booked round trip flights (BKK/DOH/ORD) in early May with a return in late June. If you're not seeing available flights, it must just be an issue with the particular Saudi city you're choosing.

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1 hour ago, DFPhuket said:

Yesterday I booked round trip flights (BKK/DOH/ORD) in early May with a return in late June. If you're not seeing available flights, it must just be an issue with the particular Saudi city you're choosing.

I have been looking at flights to Europe (via Doha) in May/June 2021. Plenty listed on the Qatar website, with -presently- two departures listed from BKK. Situation is very fluid however, can change -for better or worse- at any moment. Note that with limited flights, stopover time can be long, so choose carefully!

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