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Saudi Arabia Finally Lifted the Ban on International Travels

Saudi Arabia resumes travelling by air, land, and sea, with the exception of 13 countries.

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17 May 2021

Last updated on 17 May 2021
Saudi Arabia resumes travels by air, land and sea

The kingdom will continue to remain closed to visitors on tourist visas.

Saudi Arabia lifted the ban on air, sea, and land travel going in and out starting Monday 16 May, 2021. For the first time since March 2020, people will able to enter or leave the country.

The move comes with certain restrictions and does not allow free travel for all. Anyone who wishes to enter or exit the kingdom must meet the following:

For non-Saudi nationals:

  • Proof of vaccination.
  • Must complete a "period of seven days of institutional quarantine at their own expense" upon arrival in the kingdom, according to Saudia Airline.
  • Non-Saudi citizens must then take a PCR test on the seventh day of self-isolation, and receive a negative result in order to leave quarantine.

For Saudi nationals:

  • Be a vaccinated Saudi Arabian national (must have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, or one dose more than 14 days before travelling).
  • Citizens under 18 years old must carry proof of an insurance policy approved by the Saudi Central Bank.
  • Anyone who recovered from Covid-19 within the past six months is eligible for travel.

Quarantine is not mandatory for Saudi nationals who have been vaccinated more than 14 days before arrival in the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia allows international travels again

Who is not allowed to enter Saudi Arabia?

Non-Saudis are prohibited from entering Saudi Arabia if they have been in any of the following countries 14 days before their arrival:

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Lebanon
  • Pakistan
  • Portugal
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • UAE
  • UK
  • US

The exception are domestic workers accompanying Saudi families, or diplomats, health professionals and their families. Domestic workers must quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

In addition, any non-Saudis travelling from the kingdom of Bahrain must present a negative PCR test result issued within the past 72 hours, or a GCC-approved application proving they have been vaccinated.

Where are you not allowed to travel to from Saudi Arabia?

Flights to the following countries are still prohibited:

  • Afghanistan
  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • India
  • Iran
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Somalia
  • Syria
  • Turkey
  • Venezuela
  • Yemen

Regardless of going inbound or outbound, Saudi travellers must show authorities an "immune" or "recovered" status on the Saudi Tawakkalna app, according to King Fahd Causeway Authority.