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

This page was last updated on 23 February, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Quarantined for 14 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 03.02.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
-This does not apply to:
– nationals of Saudi Arabia and their family members;
– nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates. They must not have transited through or been in Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates or United Kingdom in the past 14 days;
– residents of Saudi Arabia. They must not have transited through or been in Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates or United Kingdom in the past 14 days;
– residents of Saudi Arabia. They must have not been in Argentina, Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa or United Kingdom in the past 14 days;
– passengers with an exit/entry, work, residence or visit visa issued by Saudi Arabia. They must not have transited through or have been in Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates or United Kingdom;
– domestic workers of nationals of Saudi Arabia. They must not have transited through or have been in Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates or United Kingdom in the past 14 days;
– domestic workers of nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates. They must be accompanied by the sponsor or one of the first degree family members of the sponsor. They must not have transited through or have been in Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates or United Kingdom in the past 14 days.
2. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Saudi Arabia.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Saudi Arabia;
– passengers younger than 8 years.
3. Passengers could be subject to quarantine.
4. Airline crew are subject to quarantine until their next flight.
5. A completed health disclaimer form must be presented upon arrival.
6. Suspension of visa on arrival facilities.
7. Suspension of e-visa issuance.
8. Airlines can check the validity of the exit/entry visas for residents of Saudi Arabia at https://muqeem.sa/#/visa-validity/check .

 

Detailed Tourist Information

In response to the spread of a new strain of COVID-19, on 20 December 2020, the Ministry of Interior announced the suspension of all international flights for travellers entering and leaving the Kingdom (except in exceptional cases). On 3 January 2021, the Saudi Government announced that the suspension of entry into the Kingdom would be lifted from 11am on Sunday 3 January.

The Saudi authorities require anyone who is travelling from a country where the new strain of COVID-19 has spread to spend at least 14 days outside the effected country before entering the Kingdom. This includes travellers from the UK.

Travellers from countries where cases of the new strain have been registered are required to quarantine at home for 7 days, and undergo a PCR test on the 6th day before ending quarantine. Travellers from all other countries are required to quarantine at home for 7 days, or 3 days followed by a negative PCR test.

Domestic flights continue to operate.

You should keep up to date with information from your airline or tour operator on the impact on any existing travel plans
 

Lockdown Details

Cafes, restaurants, and places of worship are permitted to operate. Many public places have hygiene measures in place, including taking a temperature check and sanitising hands upon entry. Wearing a face mask in public places is mandatory. All gatherings must be limited to no more than 50 people.
 

Sources

https://sa.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co