Saudi Arabia Reopens Borders for Foreign Tourist Travel


Saudi National Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reopened its borders after more than a year of postponing travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Tourism for Strategy and Investment Princess Haifa Al Saud said that Riyadh will start receiving foreign tourists from 17th of May.

International flights began today from King Khalid international airport in Riyadh to Sarajevo International airport. Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz International airport in Medina has also reopened for citizens departing from or arriving in the Kingdom.



Travel Requirements to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has lifted the travel ban, ports reopened as of 1 am on the 17th of May. The Kingdom’s General Directorate of Passports said individuals wishing to travel from Saudi Arabia must follow Interior Ministry regulations for the category they have been assigned. Categories of travelers included individuals.

  • Received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine
  • Received one dose at least two weeks before travel
  • Recovering from the virus within 6 months of their travel schedule
  • Citizens aged under 18

Visitors traveling to Saudi Arabia, both nationals and foreigners, who are fully vaccinated will be able to enter without having to quarantine. Foreigners must carry proof of vaccination at all times, and people traveling after receiving only one vaccine dose or a negative PCR test must quarantine at their own expense. Quarantine-free travel does not apply to arrivals from countries where high-risk variants have been detected.


According to the Interior Ministry of Saudi Arabia, the use of national identification cards remains suspended for GCC nationals, who must travel with their passports. All travelers to Saudi Arabia must have health insurance to cover the cost of Covid-19 treatment in case they are infected while in the kingdom.

Both residents and nationals must make sure that their vaccine status is updated in the government’s Tawakkalna application. All other travelers to Saudi Arabia must produce proof of two doses of vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca, or Moderna, or one from Johnson & Johnson. People traveling to the kingdom after only one shot or just a negative PCR test are required to complete seven days of quarantine at their own expense.

Source: Travel & Tour World


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