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Updated May 2023

Owing to a notable drop in the number of Covid-19 cases in the Kingdom, the authorities in Saudi Arabia have now lifted most of the Covid-19 restrictions prevalent in the country.  The Kingdom has also updated its PCR test and quarantine entry requirements for international travellers arriving in the country.

Here are the latest PCR test entry requirements in Saudi Arabia that you should be aware of.

PCR testing requirements in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi authorities have now eased most of the Covid-19 restrictions prevalent in the Kingdom. International arrivals in Saudi Arabia are no longer required to present a negative PCR or Rapid Antigen Test on arrival.

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PCR testing for Hajj and Umrah

This year, pilgrims going for Hajj are no longer obligated to undergo PCR tests before arriving in the Kingdom. As per the health guideline for Hajj issued by the Saudi Ministry of Health, individuals desiring to embark on the Hajj pilgrimage simply need to confirm that they have received the necessary vaccination.

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As for Umrah, pilgrims are also not required to present a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test on arrival.

What about testing at the airport?

Airports have started operating at full capacity in Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom has done away with all pre-entry and post-entry testing requirements for passengers entering the country. So there will be no testing done in airports.

Testing in quarantine

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.


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