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.
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Saudi citizens travelling abroad
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.