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Updated 14 July 2022

London, a charming city of unquestionable prosperity and abundant beauty, is a wondrous land of opportunities and everything anyone can dream of. As we get used to living amidst the pandemic, London has also opened up for international tourists and travellers once again. 

Several flights are easily available if you are looking to travel to London from Riyadh right now. Are you now allowed to travel to London from Riyadh? Where to find the cheapest flights? What are the latest COVID rules? Read along to find out.

Please note: London’s Heathrow airport has announced a cap on the number of departing passengers at 100,000 a day, till 11 September 2022. Although it is possible to travel to the UK, booking your return flight might be problematic due to the current travel cap. 

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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We’ve listed the flight schedule for Saudi Airlines and British Airways for July-Aug 2022. Please note that the prices are accurate at the time of writing. 

Saudi Airlines

Riyadh to London flight schedule

Saudi Airlines, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s national airline, operates at least two direct flights and 4 connecting flights from Riyadh to London, with layovers in Jeddah on all days of the week.

Riyadh to London flight price

The ticket price changes according to the class of travel. Here are the average airfares charged by Saudia:

  • Guest Class: From SAR 3,095
  • Business Class: From SAR 12,873
  • First Class: From SAR 19,477

Riyadh to London flight time

Direct flights between Riyadh and London are scheduled to take 6 hours 50 minutes, whereas connecting flights could take you anywhere between 9 to 12 hours. 

British Airways

Riyadh to London flight schedule

The United Kingdom’s flag carrier British Airways flies one direct flight from Riyadh to London 5 days a week.

Riyadh to London flight price

The average ticket prices on British Airways flights between Riyadh and London are:

  • Economy Standard: From SAR 2,633
  • Premium Economy: From SAR 2,842
  • Business: From SAR 20,559

Riyadh to London flight time

British Airways currently operates only direct flights from Riyadh to London, each scheduled to take 7 hours 5 minutes.

Riyadh to London travel guidelines

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

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

You do not need to complete a UK passenger locator form before you travel. At the airport, you’ll need to show your identity document, 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

Testing and quarantine requirements

Both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers are exempt from all testing and quarantine measures. When you travel to England, you:

  • do not need to complete a UK passenger locator form before you travel
  • do not need to take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive
  • do not need to quarantine when you arrive

Visa requirement

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, travellers 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 2022: Countries Eligible for Electronic Visa Waiver

 

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