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Updated 29 July 2022

Amidst news of vaccine drives, closures and reopening of international borders, travellers around the world are now keen to find out if, when and how they can travel abroad. In the case of Saudi Arabia, authorities have 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. Saudi officials have now dropped all COVID-19-related restrictions for travellers to the nation, effectively granting entry to unvaccinated travellers. Arrivals are no more required to provide a negative PCR test certificate or undergo a rapid antigen test on arrival. Precautionary and preventive COVID-19 pandemic measures have been done away with across the nation.

The need for social distancing in all open and closed spaces and wearing masks in open areas and in closed public spaces is not mandatory. However, it is still required for entry to the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, and places for which safety protocols have been issued by Weqaya. Face masks may also be required by some public events, public transportation and health facilities that wish to uphold their safety measures.

The holders of Saudi visit visas are also obligated to have a round-trip ticket, as proof that they will board their departure and return flight from the Riyadh airport.

Umrah pilgrims

Following the Kingdom’s decision to scrap most of the Covid-19 restrictions, worshippers can now travel to Saudi Arabia and perform Umrah hassle-free.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has reopened Umrah visa applications following a successful Hajj season. Umrah seekers from all over the world are now allowed to apply for the pilgrimage.

As it stands, foreign pilgrims are no longer required to present a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test on arrival. However, the requirement for international pilgrims to obtain proper health insurance to cover COVID-related costs and treatment is still in effect.

For more information visit our article on Umrah 2022: Everything You Need to Know About This Year’s Pilgrimage.

Umrah 2022: Everything You Need to Know About This Year’s Pilgrimage

Saudi Arabia entry requirements

Saudi officials have now dropped all COVID-19-related restrictions for travellers to the nation, effectively granting entry to unvaccinated travellers. International arrivals to the Kingdom are no longer required to present a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test result on arrival.

These are the current requirements for entering Saudi Arabia as a tourist visa holder:

  • The 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 from 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 requirements

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.

Do I need to quarantine upon arriving in Saudi Arabia?

No. In line with the removal of presenting a PCR test or rapid antigen test on arrival, the quarantine requirements for international travellers have also been dropped. International arrivals in the KSA are NO longer required to undergo quarantine upon arrival.

Nevertheless, passengers intending to visit the Kingdom (excluding Saudi Citizens, Residents and GCC Citizens) must have health insurance that covers the costs of COVID-19 treatment in outpatient clinics, emergencies and hospitals.

Are there flights to Saudi Arabia now?

Yes, since the announcement, there is a heightened interest in international flight schedules to Jeddah and Riyadh, particularly schedules of its national carrier Saudi Airlines and budget airline Flynas. If you want to enter Saudi Arabia, please check Wego to see if there is a flight from your city.

Domestic flights within the country have also restarted for months now, and you can also find flights to Jizan, Dammam, and more on Wego.

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