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Updated 7 June 2021

Saudi Arabia International Flight Open Date

After months of border closing, Saudi’s first international flight has resumed on the 17th of May. The resumption started with a flight departing from King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on a journey to Sarajevo International Airport.

The flight signifies the lifting of the restrictions on residents and citizens traveling abroad.

Guidelines and requirements for Saudi citizens looking to travel abroad

According to travel guidelines on Saudia website, only the following Saudi citizens are allowed to travel abroad for the time being:

  • Saudi citizens who have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, or have received one dose. Fourteen (14) days has also passed from the day of their first vaccine dose which matches the status on Tawakkalna app.
  • Saudi Citizens who had recovered from COVID-19 on the condition that six (6) months had not passed from their infection which matches the status on Tawakkalna app.
  • Saudi Citizens younger than the age of eighteen (18) years on the condition that they provide an insurance policy approved by the Saudi Central Bank which covers the treatments of COVID-19 abroad according to the instructions as established by the concerned entities.

Guidelines and requirements for travellers into the Kingdom

Non-Saudi nationals holding tourist visas are currently not allowed to enter the Kingdom. Travelling with ID has also been suspended for GCC citizens.


All visitors must carry proof of vaccination (vaccine certificates for COVID 19) with one of these vaccines:
• 2 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech
• 2 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca
• 2 doses of Moderna
• 1 dose of Johnson&Johnson’s Janssen

The duration between receiving the last dose (the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or the first dose of a single dose vaccine) should not be less than 14 days before traveling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


All visitors (except Saudi citizens and children below 8 years of age) must provide 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. Without the certificate, visitors will be denied from boarding the airplane.


All international travellers arriving to Saudi Arabia must complete a period of seven (7) days of institutional quarantine at their own expense starting from the time of arrival at the institutional quarantine facilities to the Kingdom.

Some exemptions include:
• Saudi citizens, citizen spouses and children and domestic workers accompanying any of individuals mentioned in 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 travellers 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 travellers as follows:
– For citizens or residents whose status on Tawaklna application shows that they’ve completed their vaccinations against COVID-19: those who have passed 14 days after their first dose or those who have recovered from COVID-19 in a period not exceeding 6 months.
– For non-residents and first time visitors who have completed 14 days since receiving all doses of the vaccination (by an authorized vaccine by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), while providing a certificate or proof in accordance with the requirements set by the Ministry of Health (MOH)
• Those holding a diplomatic visa, diplomats and their residing families, on the basis that they adhere to the quarantine procedures by staying in their homes in accordance to MOH approved regulations.
• Cabin crew
• Those involved in health supply chains, according to MOH

All visitors (excluding citizens, residents and GCC citizens) must have medical insurance that covers the costs of COVID-19 treatment in outpatient clinics, emergencies and hospitals, including the institutional quarantine for a period of 14 days.

Saudi Arabia’s travel ban

As Saudi Arabia has resumed all international flights, the Kingdom has also lifted the ban on 11 countries which means that travellers originating from these countries can now enter Saudi Arabia. They will still have to go through the quarantine procedure.

The listed countries are as follows:

United Arab Emirates, Germany, the United States, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Switzerland, France and Japan.

Ban on these red list countries remain in place and these travellers cannot enter Saudi Arabia, with the exceptions of Saudi residents:

Afghanistan, Armenia, Belarus, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Iran, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Turkey, Venezuela, Yemen.