Saudi Arabia (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was updated on 24 March 2022

Is Saudi Arabia open for visitors?

Yes. Saudi officials have now dropped all COVID-19 related restrictions for travellers to the nation, effectively granting entry to vaccinated, as well as, unvaccinated travellers to the Kingdom.

Can tourists travel to Saudi Arabia?

The Saudi government has resumed the issuance of tourist and most other categories of visas. 

Non-Saudi nationals holding tourist visas are currently allowed to enter the Kingdom, regardless of their vaccination status. They should, however,  download the Tawakkalna application before travelling, as it may still be required to enter offices, some public and private buildings, airports and public transport vehicles.

Can Umrah pilgrims travel to Saudi Arabia?

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has confirmed that foreign pilgrims are allowed to partake in the Umrah. Saudi Arabia has lifted all Covid related restrictions on foreign travellers, including mandatory vaccination. Additionally, as stated by the authorities all travel-related restrictions on Umrah have also been lifted.

The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has revealed that pilgrims, regardless of their vaccination status, and individuals aged 5 and above can enter the Grand Mosque in Makkah and Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. Social distancing norms at all mosques have been lifted along with all other public spaces, activities, and events. However, people must continue to wear masks inside the mosques.

Umrah pilgrims in the KSA are also no longer required to book prayer appointments to enter the two holy mosques. However, those who want to pray in the Rawdah at the Prophet’s Mosque must book their prayer slots through the Eatmarna or Tawakkalna apps 

What are Saudi Arabia’s vaccine requirements?

Please note that non-Saudi citizens or residents will only be considered immune if they are categorized into the following:

  • individuals over the age of 12 who have been fully vaccinated by one of the vaccines approved in the Kingdom, or;
  • individuals who are immune by being fully vaccinated by one of the vaccines approved by WHO but not approved in the Kingdom AND have received a booster dose from one of the vaccines approved in the Kingdom within 8 months before their departure

These individuals will be considered ‘immune’ on Tawakkalna.

However, international arrivals will now be allowed entry in Saudi Arabia, regardless of their vaccination status. Additionally, arrivals are no longer required to show a vaccination certificate for entry,

What are Saudi Arabia’s testing and quarantine requirements?

International arrivals to the Kingdom are no longer required to present a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test result on arrival. All quarantine measures have also been lifted.

Additional entry requirements

International travellers arriving on visit visas must have medical insurance to cover COVID-19 expenses. This does not apply to nationals and residents of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

All travellers are required to instal the Tawakkalna app on their mobile devices within 8 hours of arrival.

Transiting Saudi Arabia

Transiting through Saudi Arabia is permitted for travellers who are fully vaccinated with Saudi-approved Covid-19 vaccines.

Exit requirements for Saudis

Saudi citizens looking to travel abroad are required to have received a booster dose for those who had spent three months after receiving the second dose. This does not apply to those under the age of 16 or the exempted groups, as shown in the Tawakkalna app.