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Updated 14 July 2022

The resumption of international flights and the reopening of airports throughout the Kingdom witnessed international travel to and from Saudi Arabia gradually being restored. Major airlines, such as Saudia (الخطوط السعودية), Emirates, Air India, PIA, have largely resumed service to and from the Kingdom.

Moreover, Saudi Arabia has now scrapped most of its COVID restrictions, including the removal of both the use of masks in closed places and showing the health status on the Tawakkalna application for travellers entering the country. The Kingdom has also removed its travel ban on all countries that were barred from entering the Kingdom.

Here is everything you need to know about flight resumption and travel bans in the Kingdom.

Saudi citizens travelling abroad

Health requirements

The health requirements for Saudis travelling outside the Kingdom are as follows:

  • Received three doses of COVID-19 vaccine, with the third dose received after eight months of taking the second dose
  • Exemptions for those groups who have received a vaccine waiver on medical grounds as per the status on the Tawakkalna application
  • Those under 16 and 12 require two doses of the vaccine

As for those who are under the age of 12, they are required to have a valid insurance policy against coronavirus while travelling.

Passport requirements 

Four outbound travel from the country, the validity of the passport should be more than three months for travelling to Arab countries. As for citizens, who travel to other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, the validity of their national ID card must be more than three months.

The Jawazat reiterated that the soft copy of the national ID on Absher and Tawakkalna applications is not sufficient for travel to GCC states.

The original ID card and family registry must be produced for the travel in addition to a document of proof of dependents inside the Kingdom whose holders are unable to travel to the Gulf countries.

Saudi Arabia travel ban

The General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) has announced a fresh travel ban on citizens of 10 countries due to rising COVID-19 cases. These countries are as follows:

Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Libya, Armenia, Belarus, and Venezuela.

When is Saudia open?

Saudia (الخطوط السعودية), the national carrier of Saudi Arabia has resumed most of its domestic and international flight operations.

Saudia’s flights are mostly functional and are subject to change according to the changing travel scenarios and restrictions imposed by governments. Saudi Airlines’ international and domestic flight operations are available for passengers, on condition that they are eligible for travel by adhering to the entry and exit restrictions placed by their destination countries and Saudi Arabia.

Entry guidelines

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.

Furthermore, 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.

However, wearing masks is still a requirement for entry into the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, and those places for which protocols are issued by the Public Health Authority (Weqaya).

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.

Saudi Arabia Scraps Most COVID-19 Restrictions and Flight Suspensions

Non-Saudi nationals holding tourist visas are now allowed to enter the Kingdom if they have fulfilled such requirements:

  • Passengers travelling to Saudi Arabia must download and register on the Tawakkalna app on arrival, or at least within 8 hours after arrival.
  • Visit visa holders are required to have insurance to cover the costs of COVID‑19 treatment during their stay in Saudi Arabia.
  • All passengers must carry a valid passport (including GCC citizens).

Please note that starting from 9 June until the end of the Hajj season, travellers on a visit visa to Saudi will face an entry ban should they travel to Saudi Arabia’s 4 airports located in Jeddah, Madinah, Yanbu and Taif.

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.

Saudi Arabia Allows Entry to Unvaccinated Visitors

Tawakkalna health status verification can also be made for the entry to facilities, activities, occasions, events and means of public transport that wish to implement higher levels of protection by continuing the immunization requirement.

Immune Status in Saudi Arabia: How to Qualify as “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 been done away with.

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