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Updated 11 August 2021

Guidelines and requirements for Saudi citizens looking to travel abroad

Fully vaccinated Saudi citizens may now travel abroad. As per the latest travel guidelines, the following categories are exempted:

  • Children under the age of twelve provided that they obtain a valid health insurance policy approved by the Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) to cover the risks of COVID-19.
  • Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 in a period not exceeding six months.
  • Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 and received one dose of the approved vaccines in the Kingdom.
  • Individuals whose status in Tawakkalna appear (Exempted) from COVID-19 vaccine, are to be treated equally as those whose status in Tawakkalna appear as IMMUNE.

Keep in mind that only the Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccines have been approved.

 

Guidelines and requirements for travellers into the Kingdom

Non-Saudi nationals holding tourist visas are now allowed to enter the Kingdom should they have completed the required doses of one of the COVID-19 vaccines approved by the Saudi Ministry of Health. Travellers must also have successfully registered on the Arrival Registration Platform and are required to provide a negative PCR test certificate issued from a verified laboratory that does not exceed 72 hours from the time the test is undertaken until departing to the Kingdom. Vaccinated tourists will be allowed to enter without having to be institutionally quarantined

Vaccination

Saudi Arabia is requiring all non-Saudi arrivals to have been fully vaccinated. A vaccination certificate is thus necessary from one of the following:

  • 2 doses of Pfizer BioNTech
  • 2 doses of Oxford AstraZeneca
  • 2 doses of Moderna
  • 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson

The duration between receiving the last dose (the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or the first dose of a single dose vaccine) must not be less than 14 days.

Travellers who have completed two doses of the Sinopharma and Sinovac vaccines will also be accepted on the condition that they have received an additional dose of one of the vaccines approved in the Kingdom mentioned above.

Vaccinated travellers, except Saudi citizens and those who are exempt, must fill out the Registration Immunization Information Form before departure.

For more details, please visit Saudia’s travel requirements page.

Testing and quarantine

Travellers are required to provide a negative PCR test certificate issued from a verified laboratory that does not exceed 72 hours from the time the test is undertaken until departing to the Kingdom. Vaccinated tourists will be allowed to enter without having to be institutionally quarantined.

Otherwise, all non-Saudi arrivals over the age of eight must provide a negative PCR test certificate conducted by a verified laboratory issued within 72 hours. Within 24 hours of arrival, all non-Saudi travellers over the age of eight will be subjected to another PCR test and proceed to serve a 7-day institutional quarantine. On the 7th day, a second PCR test will be conducted and if the result is negative, they are permitted to leave quarantine on the 8th day.

International arrivals must also have successfully registered on the Arrival Registration Platform.

Who is exempted from institutional quarantine?

  • Saudi citizens, citizen spouses and their mothers, citizens children and domestic workers accompanying any of these categories
    • Non-immune travellers, in this category, shall comply with home quarantine for a period of 7 days, and be allowed to take the COVID 19 PCR test starting on the 6TH day of quarantine
  • Non-immune domestic workers accompanying an immune resident
    • Non-immune Guests shall comply with home quarantine for a period of 7 days, and be allowed to take the COVID 19 PCR test starting on the 6TH day of quarantine
  • Immune Guests of citizens and residents and their companions, resident’s wives and resident’s children those who are under the age of (18) who are not accompanied by their parents
  • Non-immune Guests, shall comply with Home Quarantine for 7days, and take PCR test on the 6th day of quarantine
  • Those holding a diplomatic visa, diplomats and their residing families, and their domestic workers
    • they’ll have to adhere to the quarantine procedures by staying in their homes in accordance to the minatory of health (MOH) approved regulations)
  • Cabin Crews
  • Those involved in health supply chains, according to MOH
  • Health practitioners working in Government sectors, their families and companions those who are under the age of 18
    • they must comply with home quarantine for 7 days with 2 PCR tests, one within 24 hours and another on the 7th day

The following categories will be exempted from institutional quarantine. However, they will have to home quarantine for 2 weeks:

  • Saudi citizens, their spouses and children
  • Passengers who received COVID-19 vaccines
  • Official delegates
  • Diplomats and their families residing with them
  • Workers in the healthcare supply chain
  • Airline cabin crew, navy and truck drivers

It is also mandatory for travellers to take RT-PCR tests on the first and seventh day of quarantine.

Saudi Arabia’s red list

The travel ban on countries that pose a risk of transmission still remains in force. Saudi travellers are strictly prohibited from travelling to the following countries:

United Arab Emirates, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iran, Turkey, Armenia, Ethiopia, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Belarus, India, Vietnam, Republic of Indonesia.

For citizens found to have visited these countries, the penalty of infringement is a three-year international travel ban. Non-compliance will also result in legal action and hefty fines.