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Updated 14 January 2022

Following the outbreak of a new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, Saudi Arabia has upped its vaccination drive and has administered over 52 million doses to date. The country has so far approved six COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson, Moderna, Covaxin, Sputnik V.

Here we share everything you need to know about vaccine registration in Saudi Arabia, how to register for the vaccine if you’re a resident or a traveller to the Kingdom, and more.

Vaccine registration for residents

Through the Ministry of Health, the Saudi authorities are inviting all Saudis and ex-pats to register for the vaccine by utilizing the Sehaty app

  • Find the Sehaty App link on Google Play or Apple Store.
  • Download the Sehaty App
  • Register your data
  • Click on “Corona Vaccine” to submit your request to receive the vaccine
  • Your eligibility to receive the vaccine is evaluated according to the information entered

Users will typically receive a text message within 48 hours of submitting the application detailing the date and location of the appointment. 

Alternatively, you can simply call 937 to book an appointment. 

The government has set up more than 587 centres all around Saudi Arabia, which includes drive-through centres. You can view the complete list of vaccination centres in the country on the Sehaty app.

Vaccine approval request for residents vaccinated abroad

Citizens and residents who have taken a KSA-approved vaccine abroad and wish to submit a request for registering their COVID-19 vaccine may request for vaccine approval in the kingdom by following these steps:

  1. Go to the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health vaccine registration website page here.
  2. Prepare your national ID or resident ID.
  3. The entered documents must be in PDF format, not exceeding (1 MB) in size.
  4. Make sure the certificate conforms to the following requirements:
    • Personal data must be shown in the certificate.
    • The certificate must be in Arabic, English, or French, or a certified translation into Arabic.
    • The certificate must clearly state the vaccine name, date, and batch number.
    • The documents to be attached are a copy of passport and a copy of vaccination certificate.
  5. Making sure the data entered is correct and accurate, entering wrong data may lead to rejection of the application.
  6. It is not allowed to submit a new application if you have an existing one.
  7. Those who do not have a national identity or a resident identity (Saudi residency) and want to visit the Kingdom can register their vaccine online.
  8. The Medical Committee reserves the right to reject any application submitted or to enforce additional requirements as it deems appropriate, after reviewing it.

You are not required to pay for the service since it’s free. It may take up to 5 business days for the application to be completed.

Muqeem vaccine registration for visitors to KSA

The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has mandated registering the data of immunized travellers arriving in the Kingdom who are non-Saudi citizens and exempted groups before arriving at the Kingdom, through the Muqeem portal.

Vaccinated visitor

Fully vaccinated travellers can register themselves with https://muqeem.sa/#/vaccine-registration/register-visitor?type=VaccinatedVisitor. They will further be asked to enter their nationality and other required details to complete the registration process.

Please note that to register under ‘Vaccinated visitor’ travellers will have to follow some conditions:

  • Travellers must be vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved in the Kingdom.
  • Travellers must present proof for vaccination on arrival – The vaccination certificates are required to be attested by the official health authorities in the country of arriving travellers (the Ministry of Health or an authorised health authority).
  • Travellers must enter the information before departure to the Kingdom with a maximum of 72 hours.
  • Travellers must download the Tawakkalna app before arrival and register upon arrival.

Different types of vaccinated visitors—tourists, medical visitors, pilgrims—may be directed to different Muqeem pages. Check out our article for a complete guide on Muqeem registration for visitors to Saudi Arabia.

Non-vaccinated visitor

Non-vaccinated exempted categories of travellers can register through the link: https://muqeem.sa/#/vaccine-registration/register-visitor?type=NotVaccinatedVisitor. They will further be asked to enter their nationality and other required details to complete the registration process.

Please note that to register under ‘Not-Vaccinated visitor’ travellers will have to follow some conditions:

  • Travellers must enter the information before departure to the Kingdom with a maximum of 72 hours.
  • Travellers must download the Tawakkalna app before arrival and register upon arrival.

Different types of unvaccinated visitors—tourists, medical visitors, pilgrims—may be directed to different Muqeem pages. Check out our article for a complete guide on Muqeem registration for visitors to Saudi Arabia.

Vaccine requirements in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has additionally made COVID-19 booster shots available to residents. The Ministry of Health recommends booster doses to be taken three months after the second vaccine dose. Effective 1 February 2022, individuals who have not received the booster shot after eight months of their second vaccine dose will no longer be considered ‘immune’ in the Kingdom’s contact-tracing Tawakkalna app.

Some other rules in place:

  • People wanting to board a plane or other modes of public transport in Saudi Arabia will have to have received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Access to several establishments, modes of transport as well as events in the kingdom will be restricted to only those who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • Entering any governmental or private establishment will also be prohibited for those who have not had two doses of a vaccine.
  • Anyone wishing to perform the Umrah pilgrimage must have received the necessary vaccine doses.

How much will the vaccine cost?

The Saudi government has made it clear that the vaccination jabs will be provided free of charge for all residents.