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Saudi Arabia coronavirus travel restrictions

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The travel advice is Reconsider your need to travel to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is Closed for travel. Get travel ban, restrictions alerts and advice before travelling to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is part of Asia with main city at Riyadh. Its Developing country with a population of 32M people. The main currency is Saudi Riyal. The languages spoken are Arabic.
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🚨 Travel Advice for Saudi Arabia

Closed

for travel
International travel to Saudi Arabia is permitted for vaccinated travelers. There are exceptions for non-vaccinated citizens and those traveling for 'essential reasons'.
It is necessary to comply with requirements to ensure entry is allowed.

Exceptional travel

Exemptions to the border closure are in place for essential reasons, including for those with valid business visas. Travel for tourism is not permitted unless fully vaccinated.
Exemptions are revoked another country has been visited in the last 14 days that is considered high risk. The list of countries affected can be found at https://www.saudia.com/before-flying/travel-information/travel-requirements-by-international-stations

Other restrictions

The 'Tawakkalna' mobile app should be downloaded and registered with a home location within 8 hours of arrival in Saudi Arabia. The 'Tatamman' mobile app must also be downloaded to complete daily health assessments.
Travelers are required to have valid medical insurance covering COVID-19 costs for the duration of the stay. This does not apply to citizens and residents of Saudi Arabia and citizens of GCC member countries.

Vaccination required

Travelers are required to present a valid international certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19, with the use of an approved vaccine, are exempt from quarantine requirements. The vaccination status must be registered before arrival at https://muqeem.sa/#/vaccine-registration/home
A list of accepted vaccines can be found at https://www.visitsaudi.com/en/covid-19-information-page
Vaccine requirements do not apply to Saudi citizens or those traveling for essential reasons. Authorized non-vaccinated travelers will be required to undergo quarantine for 5 days at a government facility, with further testing on days 2 and 5 of the quarantine period.

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative PCR test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided on arrival. This does not apply to Saudi citizens.

Other medical measures

All passengers are subject to health screening on arrival, such as temperature checks and visual assessment. Further health testing may be required for those displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

Additional documents required

A 'health disclaimer form' must be completed and presented on arrival. This will be provided onboard the flight, but we recommended confirming with the airline prior to departure to avoid delays on arrival.
For more details Saudi Tourism Authority

Government measures

Events and large gatherings remain prohibited and proof of vaccination via the Tawakkalna application is required to access most facilities and establishments. In addition to safety guidelines, preventative health measures such as frequent hand washing and social distancing are encouraged to combat further outbreaks. Information relating to the COVID-19 response in Saudi Arabia can be found at https://covid19.cdc.gov.sa/professionals-health-workers/preventive-protocols-from-29-10-1441/

Use of masks

Face masks are required in public spaces, enclosed environments, and on public transportation.

Public transport

Public transportation is operating for vaccinated travelers at a reduced capacity to allow for social distancing.

Restaurants

Restaurants are open for vaccinated customers, with a reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. Seating is limited to a maximum of 10 people per table.

Bars

Please be advised bars are not allowed to operate in this country. The sale of alcohol is prohibited.

Nightclubs

Please be advised nightclubs are not allowed to operate in this country. The sale of alcohol is prohibited.

Shops

Shops are open for vaccinated customers at reduced capacity with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer, temperature checks, and social distancing.

On return

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19 issued in some countries are exempt from pre-departure testing, post-arrival testing on day 8, and quarantine requirements. The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days before departure.
Vaccinated travelers are still required to book a rapid lateral flow test or PCR test for day 2 after arrival and complete a passenger locator form. Travelers testing positive on the rapid lateral flow test will undergo PCR testing. Those who test positive on the PCR test will be required to self-isolate for 10 days.
Vaccination exemptions will only apply if the full dose and certificate were issued in the United Kingdom, Europe, United States, and other specific countries. A full list of authorized vaccines and issuing countries can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england

Quarantine required

Travelers are required to self-quarantine for 10 days on arrival at their own residence or accommodation, or the full duration of the trip if staying less than 10 days.
If traveling to England, travelers may apply for the 'Test to Release' scheme to be tested on the fifth day after arrival and be relieved from self-isolation early, if the result is negative. Those with a positive result will be required to self-isolate for another 10 days.
Further details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-to-release-for-international-travel

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative nucleic acid test, such as a PCR, LAMP, or antigen test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided on departure. This certificate must be in English, French, or Spanish.
Further information on tests such as the minimum standards accepted can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england#test-providers-and-type-of-test

Testing on arrival

Those traveling to England are required to purchase a 'COVID Testing Package' before departure, for 'Day 2 and day 8 tests'. These tests must be administered twice during isolation, on or before day 2 and on day 8.
Vaccinated travelers who meet the exemption criteria are only required to book a 'Day 2 test'.
Unvaccinated travelers staying for less than 10 days, and vaccinated travelers staying for less than 2 days, are still required to book the relevant testing package regardless of the duration of their stay. The tests only have to be taken if the travelers are still in England on the test dates.
Proof of purchase for this testing package must be provided on departure. This can be booked directly at https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/ or a list of approved third-party test providers can be found at https://www.gov.uk/find-travel-test-provider

Travel restriction details for Saudi Arabia

🚫 Destination No quarantine
πŸ›¬ Return Quarantine required
πŸ–οΈ Some Visitors
🍽️ Restaurants & bars Open with restrictions
πŸ›οΈ Open shopping
🚌 Operational transport
πŸ“… events Partially Allowed

πŸ”’ Lockdown Details for Saudi Arabia

Curfews have been lifted across all regions and cities in the kingdom, and all economic and social activities have resumed. The following important safety precautions remain in place:
-Social distancing and precautionary measures, including wearing facemasks, must be maintained.
    - Gatherings should not exceed 50 people
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πŸ›‘οΈ Travel safety for Saudi Arabia

Reconsider your need to travel

Saudi Arabia has resumed tourist visas for vaccinated international travellers. You'll need proof of vaccination status. Travel to and from several destinations has been suspended. This is due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 (see 'Travel'). Check with local authorities for the latest updates. We now advise: Reconsider your need to travelΒ to Saudi Arabia overall due to terrorism and political tension.
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