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Last updated: 7 October 2021, 13:24 (GMT +4)

Travel to Saudi Arabia

There are restrictions on the categories of passengers who can enter Saudi Arabia at this time. Please check the requirements before you travel. If you are travelling to Saudi Arabia, you must take a COVID-19 PCR test before departure.

COVID-19 testing requirements

All non-Saudi nationals, except children below 8 years old, must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued by an accredited laboratory. The test must be done not later than 72 hours before the scheduled departure for the Kingdom.

Vaccination status requirements

Saudi Citizens:

  • Those who are vaccinated against COVID-19 and show Immune in the Tawakkalna app.

Residents:

  • Those who have received all doses of a vaccine authorised by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Those who have received all doses of a vaccine approved by WHO but not authorised by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and received a booster dose from one of the approved vaccines in KSA (provided that the dose received outside the Kingdom has been registered on MOH platform

Recovery from COVID-19 infection will not cause for exemption from institutional quarantine.

Non-residents and first-time visitors:

  • Those who are above 12 years old and have completed the required doses of a vaccine approved in KSA.
  • Those who have received all doses of a vaccine approved by WHO but not authorised by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and received a booster dose from one of the approved vaccines in KSA. 
    • Both categories of passengers must provide proof vaccination in accordance with MHO requirements, and must register on the Quddum platform.

Recovery from COVID-19 infection will not cause for exemption from institutional quarantine.

General provisions

  • Effective 23 September 2021, all travellers who are unvaccinated or have received one dose of a vaccine approved in Saudi Arabia or who have received a vaccine not approved in Saudi Arabia and are coming from non-restricted countries must complete quarantine at their own expense starting from the time of arrival at the institutional quarantine facilities.
    • Passengers under this category must submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure and undergo a 5-day institutional quarantine. They must take a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours of arrival at the quarantine facility and another one at the end of day 5 of quarantine. Quarantine will be lifted if the result of the day 5 test is negative.
    • Accompanied travellers are allowed to enter with the vaccinated parents under the following rules:
      • Unvaccinated accompanying passenger below 18 years old must home quarantine for a period of 5 days and take a COVID-19 PCR test on day 5. Children below the age of 8 years are exempted from PCR testing on day 5.
      • Unvaccinated accompanying passenger 18 years old and above undergo institutional quarantine for a period of 5 days and take a COVID 19 PCR test within 24 hours of arrival and another one at the end of day 5.
    • Passengers who have recovered from COVID-19 are not exempted from the quarantine requirement.
  • Quarantine shall be in the city of arrival.
  • All passengers must carry a valid passport (including GCC citizens).
  • Vaccinated non Saudis must present proof that they have received the required doses and register their vaccination data online.

Passengers travelling from non-restricted countries under the following categories are exempted from institutional quarantine:

  • Saudi citizens, spouses of citizens and their mothers, children of citizens and domestic workers accompanying any of individuals mentioned in these categories. Non-vaccinated travellers in this category must quarantine at home for 5 days and take a COVID-19 PCR test on day 5 of quarantine.
  • Non-vaccinated domestic workers accompanying a vaccinated resident. Non-vaccinated travellers in this category must quarantine at home for 5 days and take a COVID-19 PCR test on day 5 of quarantine.
  • Vaccinated citizens and residents (including their companions under the age of 18), the residents’ wives children under the age of 18 who are not accompanied by their families. Non-vaccinated travellers in this category must undergo a 5-day home quarantine take a COVID-19 PCR test on day 5 of the quarantine period.
  • Those holding a diplomatic visa, diplomats and their residing families and their domestic workers, provided they comply with quarantine procedures by staying in their homes in accordance to the MOH approved regulations.
  • Official delegations: Passengers who are receiving an exemption from the institutional quarantine.
  • Cabin crew
  • Those involved in health supply chains, according to Ministry of Health
  • Health practitioners working in government sectors, their families and companions who are under the age of 18. Travel companions below 18 years old must comply with home quarantine for 5 days and take a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours of arrival and another on day 5 of quarantine.

Note: Non-immune travellers from the above category must comply with 5-day home quarantine requirement and take a COVID-19 PCR test on day 5 of quarantine.

Vaccinated travellers:

Passengers who have been vaccinated are exempted from quarantine (home or institutional), provided they present proof that they have received the required doses of the following vaccines authorised by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health:

  • Two doses of Pfizer
  • Two doses of Oxford AstraZeneca
  • Two doses of Moderna
  • One dose of Johnson & Johnson
In addition, travellers who have completed two doses of the following vaccines.
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac
On condition of that they have receive an additional dose of one of the four approved vaccines in the kingdom mentioned above.

Vaccine certificates must be certified by official health authorities of the country of vaccination, and not less than 14 days have passed since the last dose (the second dose of a two dose vaccine or the first dose of a single dose vaccine) was administered before traveling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Required forms

All passengers must complete the health disclaimer form provided on board and present it on arrival to the Airport Health Control Centre.

Effective 16 June 2021, all non Saudi citizens must register their vaccination data online before travelling to Saudi Arabia. Passengers must present confirmation of registration either as a printed certificate or on their mobile device at check in.

Booking institutional quarantine

As required by government regulations, travellers subject to institutional quarantine must book quarantine packages through an Emirates appointed quarantine package agency portal .

Quarantine packages are applicable only on Emirates operated flights to Saudi Arabia and must be booked no less than 72 hours before arrival, and passengers must present a printed copy of the booking voucher at check-in.

Passengers travelling on Emirates codeshare or interline flights operated by flydubai, must book the quarantine package through the flydubai quarantine packages portal . Quarantine packages must be booked no less than 72 hours before arrival, and passengers must present a printed copy of the booking voucher at check in.

Details of the passenger’s quarantine hotel booking, ticket number and flight information will be presented to government authorities before departure.

Temporarily entry into the Kingdom is suspended for all passengers coming from (Indonesia, Pakistan, Brazil, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, India, Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Vietnam).This includes passengers coming from other countries if they have passed through any of the aforementioned countries in the past 14 days before arrival in Saudi Arabia. The exempted categories are mentioned below:

Category 01:

Institutional/home quarantine procedures for exempted specific traveller categories coming from restricted countries: Indonesia, Pakistan, Brazil, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and India

Saudi Nationals, Saudi family members and their accompanying workers who have been in the suspended countries, diplomats, health practitioners and their families, vaccinated residents of KSA who have received two doses of COVID-19 inside the Kingdom, non-diplomatic workers in embassies, consulates and international organisations accredited in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and their families and accompanying workers.

Non-vaccinated Saudi citizens:
  • COVID-19 PCR is not required before travelling
  • Must comply with home quarantine for 5 days and COVID-19 PCR testing on day 5 of quarantine
Vaccinated Saudi citizens:
  • No procedures required
Saudi Residents vaccinated in KSA:
  • Must provide COVID 19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding
  • No quarantine or COVID-19 PCR testing is required on arrival
Non-vaccinated diplomats and their families:
  • Must provide COVID-19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding
  • Must comply with home quarantine for 5 days and COVID-19 PCR testing on day 5 of quarantine
Non-vaccinated health practitioners and their families:
  • Must provide COVID-19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding
  • Those working in government sectors must comply with home quarantine for 5 days and take a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours and another on day 5 of quarantine
  • Those working in private sectors must comply with institutional quarantine for 5 days and take a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours and another on day 5 of quarantine
Non-diplomatic workers in embassies, consulates and international organisations accredited in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and their families and accompanying workers:
  • Must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding
  • Must comply with home quarantine for 5 days and take a COVID-19 PCR test on day 5 of quarantine
Categories working in the public and private sectors (faculty members in universities, colleges and education institutes, teachers in public education), those who are working as general training authority in a general institution for technical and occupational training and training institutes, scholarship students and their companions or families:
  • Must present a negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding
  • Must comply with institutional quarantine for 5 days and take a COVID 19 PCR test on day 5 of quarantine. Those who have received one dose or have completed vaccine doses inside the Kingdom are exempted from institutional quarantine.


Category 02:

Institutional quarantine will be applied on all passengers ( including Saudi citizens) travelling from the following countries ( Ethiopia, Vietnam and Afghanistan), excluded from the institutional Quarantine are the following: 

  • Diplomats and their families.
  • Cabin crew
  • Health practitioners and their families.
  • Those involved in health supply chains, according to MOH.

List of health government entities that have quarantine facilities in their headquarters and institutional quarantine is not required for their employees

  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs
  • Ministry of Education
  • Armed Forces Medical Services
  • MOI Medical Services
  • King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre
  • General Intelligence Presidency
  • Presidency of State Security
  • Royal Clinic
  • Saudi Aramco
  • Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu
  • General Sport Authority
  • Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development
Other information

Effective 20 May 2021, passengers who are planning to travel to Saudi Arabia must have medical insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment. This excludes citizens, residents, and GCC citizens. The insurance should cover the costs of treatment in outpatient clinics, emergencies, and hospitals, including institutional quarantine for a period of up to 14 days.

Passengers travelling to Saudi Arabia must download and register on the TAWAKKALNA app on arrival.

Travel from Saudi Arabia

If you are travelling from Saudi Arabia, you must present additional documents and a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be done not later than 72 hours before the scheduled departure. 

Please check the requirements of your specific destination before you travel.

Effective from 09 September 2021, the following Saudi nationals are allowed to travel from Saudi Arabia subject to specific conditions:

  • Saudi nationals who have received the full doses of the approved COVID-19 vaccine in the kingdom and must update their status on the Tawakkala app.
  • Saudi nationals who have recovered from COVID?19 can travel within 6 months of the date they were diagnosed and must update their status on the Tawakkala app.
  • Saudi nationals who have recovered from COVID?19 and they have received one dose of the approved vaccines in the kingdom.
  • Saudi nationals below 12 years old must have an insurance policy approved by the Saudi Central Bank that covers treatment for COVID?19 while abroad.

All nationalities travelling from Saudi Arabia are allowed to travel to or transit through Dubai.

Required forms

Passengers must carry the prescribed documents as per the regulations of their destination.

Other information

Please refer to the Ministry of Health website for the list of authorised COVID-19 PCR testing centres in Saudi Arabia.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you re travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.