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Updated 2 June 2021

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has recently re-established its connection to the outside world by way of reopening international flights to and from the Kingdom. The first international flight to Sarajevo International Airport signifies the lifting of the restrictions on residents and citizens traveling abroad.

As Saudi residents travel abroad, the Kingdom is also accepting returning residents and international arrivals travelling on essential purposes from approved countries into its borders.

 

Saudi Arabia quarantine rules

All international travellers arriving in Saudi Arabia must complete a period of seven (7) days of institutional quarantine at their own expense starting from the time of arrival at the institutional quarantine facilities to the Kingdom.

Some exemptions include:
–  Saudi citizens, citizen spouses, citizens children and domestic workers accompanying any of these categories.
(Non-immune travellers, in this category, shall comply with home quarantine for a period of 7 days, and be allowed to take the COVID 19 PCR test starting on the 6TH day of quarantine).
– Non-immune domestic workers accompanying an immune resident
(Non-immune Guests shall comply with home quarantine for a period of 7 days, and be allowed to take the COVID 19 PCR test starting on the 6TH day of quarantine).
–   Immune Guests and their companions under the age of 18 years of citizens and residents.
(Non-immune Guests, shall comply with home quarantine for a period of 7 days, and take a PCR test on the 6th day of quarantine).
–   Those holding a diplomatic visa, diplomats and their residing families.
(on the basis that they adhere to the quarantine procedures by staying in their homes in accordance to the minatory of health (MOH) approved regulations).
–   Cabin Crews
–   Those involved in health supply chains, according to MOH

All visitors (excluding citizens, residents and GCC citizens) must have medical insurance that covers the costs of COVID-19 treatment in outpatient clinics, emergencies and hospitals, including the institutional quarantine for a period of 14 days.

 

Travellers eligible for entry

Apart from Saudi residents, entry to Saudi Arabia is extended only to government, business and essential travellers or those visiting friends and family. This means that non-Saudi nationals holding tourist visas are currently not allowed to enter the Kingdom. Travelling with ID has also been suspended for GCC citizens.

 

Vaccination and testing requirements

All visitors must carry proof of vaccination (vaccine certificates for COVID 19) with one of these vaccines:
• 2 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech
• 2 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca
• 2 doses of Moderna
• 1 dose of Johnson&Johnson’s Janssen

The duration between receiving the last dose (the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or the first dose of a single dose vaccine) should not be less than 14 days before traveling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

All visitors (except Saudi citizens and children below 8 years of age) must provide negative PCR test certificate issued from a verified laboratory that does not exceed 72 hours from the time the test is undertaken until departing to the kingdom. Without the certificate, visitors will be denied from boarding the airplane.