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

This page was last updated on 07 May, 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 7 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 08.03.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
-This does not apply to:
– nationals of Saudi Arabia;
– first degree family members of nationals of Saudi Arabia. They must be traveling together;
– 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 (tourist visa are not accepted). 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 be accompanied by the sponsor;
– 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 negative COVID-19 PCR test 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, the Ministry of Interior announced the suspension of entry into Saudi Arabia from 20 countries, including the UK, effective from 6pm GMT Wednesday 3 February. The suspension is also applicable to travellers who have visited or transited any of the listed countries 14 days prior to entering Saudi Arabia. Health workers, diplomats and Saudi nationals, and their families are exempt from the suspension. 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

Saudi Arabia bans flights to and from India due to COVID-19 outbreak
 

Lockdown Details

The Ministry of Interior announced that dine-in services in cafes and restaurants could resume from Sunday 7 March 2021. Cinemas, indoor entertainment centres, gyms and sports centres are also open. Events and parties in banquet halls, wedding halls, hotels, rest houses and camps remain suspended.

Many public places have hygiene measures in place, including taking a temperature check and sanitising hands upon entry. You are required to show your health status on the Tawakkalna app before being allowed to enter. Wearing a face mask in public places is mandatory. All gatherings must be limited to no more than 20 people.
 

Sources

https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/india/saudi-arabia-bans-flights-to-and-from-india-due-to-covid-19-outbreak
Data Source: covidcontrols.co