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Updated February 2023
Amidst a considerable dip in the number of Covid-19 cases, Saudi Arabia has scrapped all COVID-19 restrictions that were previously in place for inbound travellers. The restrictions have been eased due to the country’s lowest daily infections and hospitalization rates observed since the beginning of the pandemic.
If you are planning to fly to Saudi Arabia, please find more information below. For our Arabic guide, check out this article – شروط دخول السعودية
Can I travel to Saudi Arabia now?
Yes, you can. The Saudi government has resumed the issuance of tourist and most other categories of visas.
Non-Saudi nationals holding tourist visas are currently allowed to enter the Kingdom, regardless of their vaccination status. Travellers can download and install the Tawakkana mobile app to verify their vaccine status in Saudi Arabia.
Moreover, proof of vaccination and health verification via the Tawakkalna application is no longer required to enter facilities, events, public transportation, or to board planes except for those establishments whose nature demands otherwise.Book cheap flights to Saudi Arabia now
All foreign pilgrims are now allowed to enter Saudi Arabia for Umrah without having to provide a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result before departure to the Kingdom. All travellers arriving on visit visas must have medical insurance to cover any COVID-19-related treatment costs during their stay.
Moreover, Umrah insurance costs have dropped by 63 percent. Hence, the price of Umrah medical insurance has been reduced from SAR 235 to SAR 87.
For more information, visit our article on Umrah 2023: Everything You Need to Know About This Year’s Pilgrimage.
Saudi Arabia entry requirements
All COVID‑19 restrictions for travel to Saudi Arabia have been lifted. Passengers are no longer required to hold a COVID‑19 vaccination certificate or a COVID‑19 test result to enter the country. Quarantine restrictions have also been lifted.
Moreover, as stated by the Ministry of Interior, Saudi Arabia has now scrapped its mask mandate lifting most of the coronavirus-related restrictions, including showing the health status on the Tawakkalna application. Wearing masks in closed places is not required in most cases.
These are the current requirements for entering Saudi Arabia as a tourist visa holder:
- he passport must be valid for no less than six months from the date of entry into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (except for citizens of the United States of America, they may enter as long as the passport is valid, regardless of the validity)
- the age should not be less than 18 years old. For those under 18 years old, the applicant is allowed to enter but requires the presence of a guardian. (First degree: father, mother, brother, sister, grandfather and grandmother)
- having insurance that covers the costs of treatment for infection with COVID-19 during the period of stay in the Kingdom (included in the tourist visa)
- it’s not required to provide a negative result for an approved PCR test or an approved Rapid Antigen Test before coming to the Kingdom
- passengers travelling to Saudi Arabia must download and register on the Tawakkalna app on arrival
Registration of arrival and registration of vaccinations is not required to enter the Kingdom, and fully vaccinated individuals can register their vaccine details through the Muqeem web portal.
Vaccination is no longer mandatory for those looking to enter Saudi Arabia.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has also stated that immunization and health verification are NO longer required on the Tawakkalna application to enter facilities, activities, and events as well as for boarding planes and public transport vehicles.
However, the requirement will still be in place for those whose nature requires immunization or to continue verifying health status according to the general health requirements set by the Public Health Authority.
Please note that non-Saudi citizens or residents will only be considered immune if they are categorized into the following:
- individuals over the age of 12 who have been fully vaccinated by one of the vaccines approved in the Kingdom or;
- individuals who are immune by being fully vaccinated by one of the vaccines approved by WHO but not approved in the Kingdom AND have received a booster dose from one of the vaccines approved in the Kingdom within 8 months before their departure
These individuals will be considered ‘immune’ on Tawakkalna.
Testing and quarantine requirements
International arrivals to the Kingdom are no longer required to present a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test result on arrival. All quarantine measures have also been lifted.
Additional entry requirements
International travellers arriving on visit visas must have medical insurance to cover COVID-19 expenses.
All travellers are required to instal the Tawakkalna app on their mobile devices within 8 hours of arrival.
Are there flights to Saudi Arabia now?
A search through Wego shows that there are several international flight schedules to Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Makkah and Al Madinah, particularly the schedules of its national carrier SAUDIA and budget airline, Flynas, from countries like the UK, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, and numerous others.
Given below are ticket prices from some international destinations to different cities in Saudi Arabia for the month of February 2023:
Please note: All prices are accurate at the time of writing.
- Qatar – SAR 639 to SAR 948
- Kuwait – SAR 466 to SAR 689
- The United Kingdom – SAR 919 to SAR 4248
- The UAE – SAR 605 to SAR 641