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Updated 16 June 2022

With a vibrant fall in the number of Omicron cases around the world, countries around the world are slowly stepping towards normalcy. Similarly, the United Kingdom, as well as, Saudi Arabia have eased their Covid-19 restrictions making international travel easier.

Here is the latest information on Saudi to the UK flight news and travel restrictions in 2022.

Can I travel to the UK from Saudi Arabia?

Yes, you can. Following a drop in the number of Covid-19 cases, both countries have eased their travel restrictions. Hence, travel from Saudi Arabia to the UK is possible, provided you follow certain entry requirements before travelling to the UK.

Saudi residents wishing to travel to the UK may do so if they are able to satisfy the following requirements.

Requirements for travellers departing from Saudi Arabia

Saudi Citizens departing from the Kingdom must have:

  • 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.

UK entry requirements

Yes, you can. There are currently no red list restrictions in place for travel to England. Any Saudi traveller with a UK tourist visa or other kinds of travel purposes can visit the UK.

You do not need to complete a UK passenger locator form before you travel. At the airport, you’ll need to show your identity document, such as your passport, visa or national identity card. You must:

  • have your identity document ready – remove it from a holder or wallet if you use one
  • remove your face covering or sunglasses, if you’re wearing them
  • move through passport control together if you’re in a family

Visa requirement

Saudi Arabia is eligible to visit the UK without the need for a visa under the UK Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW), provided they are visiting for purposes of tourism, business, study or medical treatment.

UK Electronic Visa Waiver 2022: Which Countries Are Eligible?

An Electronic Visa Waiver lets the eligible visitors visit the UK for up to six (6) months, and it cannot be used to work, get married or enter into a civil partnership in the UK. Please note that the Electronic Visa Waiver is for a single entry, so visitors will need a new one every time they visit the UK. Additionally, visitors will have to make a separate online EVW application for each person travelling, including children.

If you are staying in the UK for longer periods of time, click here to check the documents and visa you would need to visit the UK, depending upon your purpose of entry.

Testing and quarantine requirements

Both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers are exempt from all testing and quarantine measures. When you travel to England, you:

  • do not need to complete a UK passenger locator form before you travel
  • do not need to take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive
  • do not need to quarantine when you arrive

Flights from Saudi Arabia to the UK

Gulf Air and British Airways, along with a number of other airlines, are operating direct daily flights from Saudi Arabia to the UK. Turkish Airlines, Saudia, Qatar Airways also offer connecting flights to the UK. Multiple daily flights are available departing from Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Madinah to Gatwick and Heathrow Airport, among others. 

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