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Updated 12 July 2022

Following rising COVID cases, months after relaxing entry restrictions in Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom has yet again decided to ban travel to 15 countries to control the spread of the virus. However, with the aim to boost tourism in the Kingdom, Saudi Arabia has now relaxed most of its Covid-19 measures scrapping the mask mandate and verifying the health status through the Tawakkalna application.

So which countries are Saudi travellers prohibited from visiting? What are the other travel restrictions in place? Read on to find out. Arabic language guide is available here – الدول الممنوع السفر لها للسعوديين 2022

Saudi Arabia travel ban update

Travel ban on 10 countries 

The General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) has announced a fresh travel ban on citizens for 10 countries due to rising COVID-19 cases. These countries are as follows:

  1. Syria
  2. Iran
  3. Afghanistan
  4. Yemen
  5. Somalia
  6. The Democratic Republic of the Congo
  7. Libya
  8. Armenia
  9. Belarus
  10. Venezuela

Outbound travel only for citizens who received booster dose

Health requirements

The health requirements for Saudis travelling outside the Kingdom are as follows:

  • Received three doses of COVID-19 vaccine, with the third dose received after eight months of taking the second dose
  • Exemptions for those groups who have received a vaccine waiver on medical grounds as per the status on the Tawakkalna application
  • Those under 16 and 12 require two doses of the vaccine

As for those who are under the age of 12, they are required to have a valid insurance policy against coronavirus while travelling.

Passport requirements 

Four outbound travel from the country, the validity of the passport should be more than three months for travelling to Arab countries. As for citizens, who travel to other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, the validity of their national ID card must be more than three months.

The Jawazat reiterated that the soft copy of the national ID on Absher and Tawakkalna applications is not sufficient for travel to GCC states.

The original ID card and family registry must be produced for the travel in addition to a document of proof of dependents inside the Kingdom whose holders are unable to travel to the Gulf countries.

Saudi Arabia entry requirements

Non-Saudi nationals holding tourist visas are now allowed to enter the Kingdom (even if they are unvaccinated) if they have fulfilled such requirements:

  • Passengers travelling to Saudi Arabia must download and register on the Tawakkalna app at least 8 hours after arrival.
  • All guests intending to visit the Kingdom (excluding Saudi Citizens, Residents and GCC Citizens) must have medical insurance that covers the costs of COVID-19 treatment.

Please note that, as stated by the Ministry of Interior, Saudi Arabia has now scrapped its mask mandate lifting most of the coronavirus-related restrictions including showing the health status on the Tawakkalna application. Wearing masks in closed places is not required in most cases.

It is also required for the facilities, activities, events and means of public transport that wish to continue applying higher levels of protection by wearing a mask for the entry.

However, wearing masks is still a requirement for entry into the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, and those places for which protocols are issued by the Public Health Authority (Weqaya).

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.

Saudi Arabia Allows Entry to Unvaccinated Visitors

Tawakkalna health status verification can also be made for the entry to facilities, activities, occasions, events and means of public transport that wish to implement higher levels of protection by continuing the immunization requirement.

Quarantine and testing requirements

All COVID‑19 restrictions for travel to Saudi Arabia have been lifted. Passengers are no longer required to hold a COVID‑19 vaccination certificate or a COVID‑19 test result to enter the country. Quarantine restrictions have also been lifted. 

Saudi Arabia Scraps Most COVID-19 Restrictions and Flight Suspensions

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