Saudi Arabia has re-opened its borders for certain categories of foreigners, including fully vaccinated tourists under some conditions.
Travel to or from Ethiopia, Vietnam and Afghanistan is not allowed without prior permission until further notice. Those who arrive from these countries are required to undergo institutional quarantine regardless of whether or not they are citizens. The Kingdom has resumed travel to/from the UAE, Argentina and South Africa. Learn more here.
Fully vaccinated tourists are allowed entry without the need to quarantine but must present a vaccination certificate plus a negative PCR test result. In order to be considered fully vaccinated, they must have received all required doses of an approved vaccine: two doses of Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson. They are also required to register their vaccination data on the muqeem portal and be registered on the Tawakalna app. They can apply for visas through Visitsaudi.com. Learn more here.
According to the General Directorate of Passports, all non-Saudi passengers arriving in the Kingdom must register on https://muqeem.sa/#/vaccine-registration/home 72 hours before departure whether they have been vaccinated or not. Unvaccinated visitors under the age of 18 are exempt.
The following rules apply on passengers arriving from permitted countries:
All non-Saudi passengers, except children under the age of 8, must provide a negative result of a PCR (COVID-19) test that has been conducted by a verified laboratory no more than 72 hours before departure.
Non-citizens and non-residents who haven't been fully vaccinated are required to undergo 7 days of insitutional quarantine at one of the government-approved hotel/accommodations in the city of arrival and take additional PCR tests during their quarantine period (some categories are exempt and home quarantine is allowed for select categories). Learn more here. The tests will be on days 1 and 7 of arrival. The reservation of institutional quarantine will mostly be made by the airline and the cost will be added to the flight ticket. Please note that non-citizens and non-residents who have received their final dose of an approved vaccine (namely Pfizer-BioNtech, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson's Janssen) at least 14 days before are considered fully vaccinated or "immune".
As per the government’s recent announcement, non-Saudi residency permit (iqama) holders coming from countries on the current ban list, including Egypt, are now allowed to enter the Kingdom but need to present proof that they have received the full vaccine doses in the Kingdom before exiting. Learn more here.
According to the Ministry of Health, those who received full doses of Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccines may be accepted if they had received a booster dose of any vaccine approved in the Kingdom.
"Immune" Saudi nationals and residents - defined as those who have received either two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine or one dose at least 14 days before their trip and those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months - are exempt from quarantine upon arrival. Their immune status must be registered on the Tawakkalna app. People who are "non-immune" need to undergo 7 days of home quarantine and take a PCR test on day 6.
All travellers, except citizens, residents and GCC nationals, must obtain a valid medical insurance that covers COVID-19 treatments.
Fully vaccinated passengers must provide a proof of vaccination.
Travelling outside the Kingdom:
Citizens must have received both vaccine doses to be allowed to travel outside the Kingdom. Those who have received only one dose of a two-dose vaccine will not be allowed, unless they have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months as well. Children under the age of 12 will be exempt from this rule as long as they have health insurance that has been pre-approved by the Saudi Central Bank and covers COVID-19 treatment abroad. It is currently unclear if these rules have an impact on the above entry rules when citizens return to the Kingdom. It is also unclear how the rule affects children between the ages of 12 and 17 who have not been vaccinated.
The Kingdom has been gradually resuming Umrah in phases:
Vaccinated or "immune" citizens and residents inside the Kingdom are allowed to perform Umrah. They must have either received all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, one dose at least 14 days before their visit, or have recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection. So far, the approved vaccines are: Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
According to the recent decisions, fully vaccinated non-Saudis will be allowed to enter the Kingdom for Umrah. The capacity is set to be raised to 2 million Umrah performers per month.
Foreigners who want to enter the Kingdom for Umrah purposes must provide proof of receiving full doses of any vaccine approved in the Kingdom. Those under the age of 18 are not allowed. As per a recent statement by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, foreigners coming from countries on the banned list will be required to adhere to institutional quarantine. Further information about additional requirements is yet to be announced.
Fully vaccinated children from inside the Kingdom aged 12 years or above are also allowed, but those under 12 may not be permitted.
The final phase - when Umrah services will resume for all travellers - will be announced at a later stage depending on the situation surrounding COVID-19.
The entry for Umrah purposes will be regulated through the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah's "Eatmarna" application (iOS; Android) and the Tawakkalna app (iOS, Android).
All travellers need to check the official health regulations before travelling to Saudi Arabia for -to-date information on entry restrictions.
They must download and register on Tetamman (iOS; Android) and Tawakkalna (iOS, Android) applications, which have been launched to curb the spread of COVID-19, enable contact tracing and provide guidance during the quarantine period.
Visitors must do daily health assessment in Tetamman app.
They must also assign a home location through Tetamman app within 8 hours of arrival.
For questions related to visas, please call 922 (in Saudi Arabia), or +966 920 000 890 from outside the kingdom.
IMP: Travel to and from the following types of countries is still not allowed:
Those that have suspended inbound and outbound flights due to a continuing outbreak of COVID-19.
Those that Saudi Arabia has suspended travel to for the same reason above.
Those that Saudi Arabia has suspended travel to due to reasons unrelated to COVID-19."
From 23 September (at 12pm local time), the quarantine duration will be reduced to 5 days for the following categories arriving from permitted countries:
Unvaccinated passengers and those who have received one dose of any vaccine approved in the Kingdom.
Passengers who have received full doses of any vaccine not approved by the WHO or approved in the Kingdom.
They will be required to provide a negative result of a pre-travel PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure and take two post-arrival PCR tests: one within 24 hours of arrival and another one on day 5 to end their quarantine.