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

This page was updated on 18 August 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. Travellers can download and install the Tawakkana mobile app to verify their vaccine status in Saudi Arabia.

Proof of vaccination and health verification via the Tawakkalna application is no longer required to enter facilities, events, public transportation or to board planes except for those establishments whose nature demand otherwise.

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.

All foreign pilgrims are now allowed to enter Saudi Arabia for Umrah without having to provide a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result before departure to the Kingdom. Additionally, travellers arriving on visit visas must have medical insurance to cover any COVID-19-related treatment costs during their stay.

While Saudi Arabia has lifted most COVID-19-related restrictions, pilgrims looking to perform the Umrah are required to present proof of vaccination upon their arrival at the Kingdom.

The approved vaccines are:

  • Moderna
  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Janssen
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca

For holders of Umrah visas vaccinated with vaccines other than the ones mentioned above, quarantine may be mandatory.

The Hajj and Umrah authorities have lifted the social distancing measures in the Grand Holy Mosque, the Prophet’s Holy Mosque and all other mosques. Note that mask-wearing, though not required outdoors, is still required to be worn inside mosques and other indoor facilities.

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Saudi Arabia entry 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.

Moreover, 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 entry.

These are the current requirements for entering Saudi Arabia as a tourist visa holder:

  • The passport must be valid for no less than six months from the date of entry into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (except for citizens of the United States of America, they may enter as long as the passport is valid, regardless of the validity)
  • The age should not be less than 18 years old. For those under 18 years old, the applicant is allowed to enter but requires the presence of a guardian. (First degree: father, mother, brother, sister, grandfather and grandmother)
  • Having insurance that covers the costs of treatment from infection with COVID-19 during the period of stay in the Kingdom (included in the tourist visa).
  • It’s not required to provide a negative result for an approved PCR test or an approved Rapid Antigen Test before coming to the Kingdom.
  • Passengers travelling to Saudi Arabia must download and register on the Tawakkalna app on arrival.

Registration of arrival and registration of vaccinations is not required to enter the Kingdom, and fully vaccinated individuals can register their vaccine details through the Muqeem web portal.

Vaccination criteria

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.

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.

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 eight 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.

Travel ban for Saudis

The General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) stated that there are 8 countries in total that Saudis are banned from travelling to in order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The list of countries includes:

  1. Libya
  2. Syria
  3. Lebanon
  4. Yemen
  5. Iran
  6. Somalia
  7. Democratic Republic of Congo
  8. Afghanistan

 

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