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Updated April 2024

London, a charming city of unquestionable prosperity and abundant beauty, is a wondrous land of opportunities and everything one can dream of. London has opened up for international tourists and travellers once again, with several flights being easily available for travelling to London from Riyadh right now.

In this article, Wego will delve into the latest flight news and the status of travelers journeying from Riyadh to London.

Riyadh to London travel guidelines

The UK has relaxed all travel restrictions as a big step back to normalcy. As travel restrictions are being eased, all travelers bound for the UK will be able to do away with the pre- and post-arrival COVID testing, quarantine, and face mask regulations.

Can I travel to London from Riyadh?

Yes, you can. There are currently no red list restrictions in place for travel to England. Any Saudi traveller with a UK tourist visa or other kinds of travel purposes can visit the UK.

Required documents

At the airport, you’ll need to show your identity documents, such as your passport, visa or national identity card. You must:

  • have your identity document ready – remove it from a holder or wallet if you use one
  • remove your face covering or sunglasses if you’re wearing them
  • move through passport control together if you’re in a family

Visa requirement

If you are travelling from Saudi Arabia to the UK for tourism purposes, you must either apply for:

Since Saudi Arabia does not fall under countries eligible for visa-free services upon arrival in the UK, travellers from Riyadh to London must have a valid visa document for entry to the UK. The type of visa you need will vary according to the purpose of your entry.

Click here to check the documents and visa you would need to visit the UK, depending upon your purpose of entry.

The UK Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) scheme

The UK government has recently introduced the Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) scheme, which will be rolled out for all GCC nations, including Saudi Arabia, from January 2023. Under this scheme, Saudi citizens will no longer require a visa to travel to the UK from 2023; instead, they can apply for an ETA online before their scheduled travel date.

The ETA scheme has been launched for all eligible countries to facilitate smooth and easy travel access to the United Kingdom. Before the introduction of ETAs in 2023, travelers from Saudi Arabia may continue to use the Electronic Visa Waivers (EVW), which can be completed online before their departure to the UK.

UK Visa Waiver: Countries Eligible for Electronic Visa Waiver


Riyadh to London flights 

A simple search through Wego will show you the latest flight schedules, allowing you to choose the best flight deals from across several airlines.

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Saudia and British Airways are the most popular carriers for travelling between Riyadh and London. They are the only two airlines offering direct flights from Riyadh to London, with an average flight duration of 7 hours 20 minutes.

The Riyadh-London flight prices for the month of May 2024 for different airlines are as below.

  • Saudia: at least one direct flight, available all days of the week, with prices starting at SAR 29,793.
  • British Airways: one direct and multiple flights, available all days of the week, with prices starting at SAR 33,172.
  • Emirates: multiple flights, available all days of the week, prices starting at SAR 28,683.
  • Etihad: multiple flights, available all days of the week, prices starting at SAR 22,679.
  • British Airways: at least one direct flight, available all days of the week, prices start at SAR 33,172

Please note: All prices are accurate at the time of writing. 


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