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Saudi Arabia travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: no Open for tourism: no Quarantine: no
Airlines Updates

Published on 14.06.2020
Saudia will resume flights between Jeddah and Hail starting 15 June; international flights remain suspended until further notice

Published on 29.05.2020
flynas outlines limited domestic operations from 31MAY20

Published on 27.05.2020
Flynas to resume some domestic flights from 31 May

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Flight Restrictions

published 19.05.2020
Flights to Saudi Arabia are suspended.
– This does not apply to technical stops, humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights. These flights are subject to prior approval from GACA.

Quarantine

Travelers arriving from outside Saudi Arabia, including Saudi citizens and residents, will be placed in health isolation for 14 days following their arrival.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 1 year or
over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for more
than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Malaria (2019)
The country is in the pre-elimination phase of malaria. Local transmission is reported only in villages on the
border with Yemen (except in the high-altitude areas of Asir Province) due predominantly to P. falciparum
and mainly from September through January. The infection rate is reduced to less than 0.3 cases per 100 000
inhabitants. No risk exists in the cities of Mecca and Medina.
WHO recommended prevention in risk areas: C

Other country requirement(s) (2019)
Meningococcal meningitis
Adults and children aged over 2 years arriving for Umrah, Hajj or for seasonal work in Hajj zones, are required
to submit a valid vaccination certificate with a quadrivalent (ACYW) meningococcal vaccine administered
not less than 10 days prior to the planned arrival to Saudi Arabia. Vaccination with ONE of the following
vaccines is acceptable:
• Quadrivalent (ACYW) polysaccharide vaccine within the last 3 years.
• Quadrivalent (ACYW) conjugate vaccine within the last 5 years.
Current scientific evidence suggests that conjugate vaccines are safe and effective for those above 55 years of
age. Health authorities at the pilgrim countries should ensure vaccinating their pilgrims within the required
validity period and make sure that the type of vaccine is clearly showed in the vaccination certificate.
If the vaccine type is not indicated in the certificate, the certificate will be valid for 3 years.

Vaccination with quadrivalent (ACYW) conjugate vaccine is also required for:
• Domestic pilgrims.
• Residents of the two holy cities (Mecca and Medina).
• Any person who may come in contact with pilgrims, including personnel in health-care settings and
other authorities.
The Ministry of Health in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia may opt to administer prophylactic antibiotics to some
travellers to at the points of entry if deemed necessary.

Poliomyelitis
Travellers from areas with active poliovirus transmission (i.e. those with active transmission of a wild or
vaccine-derived poliovirus) and from countries at risk of polio reintroduction are required to submit a valid
polio vaccination certificate.

Travellers arriving from Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger,
Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Syrian Arab Republic, Somalia and Yemen should present proof of
vaccination with at least one of the following vaccines:
•At least one dose of bivalent oral polio vaccine (OPV) within the previous 12 months and administered
at least 4 weeks prior to arrival or
• At least one dose of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) within the previous 12 months and administered
at least 4 weeks prior to arrival.
Travellers arriving from Afghanistan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Syrian Arab Republic,
Somalia and Yemen will also receive one dose of OPV at the border points on entry in Saudi Arabia.

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  • Saudi Arabia Saudia resumed flights between Jeddah and Hail starting 15 June; international flights remain suspended until further notice. (Saudi Gazette, 14.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The suspension of all international flights to/from Saudi Arabia is extended until further notice. All land crossings remain restricted to commercial trucks only. Saudi citizens and residents are NOT exempted. The Saudi authorities have introduced an online registration system to facilitate the repatriation of expatriates holding exit/re-entry or final exit visas to their home countries. Approved residents will receive an SMS with available dates and will be able to purchase flight tickets. Departures will take place through Riyadh-based King Khalid International Airport, Jeddah-based King Abdulaziz International Airport and Dammam-based King Fahd International Airport.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Economic and commercial activities will continue as normal. People can go out for essentials from 09.00 to 17.00, except for Mecca and other areas under a full lockdown. A 24-hour curfew is in effect in Mecca and Medina and seven neighbourhoods in Jeddah: Al-Mahjar, Al-Qurayyat, Ghulail, Kilo 13, Kilo 14 North, Kilo 14 South and Petromin until further notice. Until 13 May, the 24- hour curfew the capital Riyadh, Tabuk (Tabuk province), rest of Jeddah, Taif (both Mecca province), Dammam, Dhahran, Qatif, Khobar (all Eastern province) and Hofuf will be reduced to 17.00 to 09.00. Curfew restrictions have been eased in Al-Qatif governorate (Eastern province). Residents are now allowed to go out during the curfew i.e. 09.00- 17.00, as well as enter and exit the governorate. In cities and neighbourhoods under 24-hour lockdown only one adult from each household is allowed to leave their home to procure essentials such as food and medicine between 09.00 and 17.00. Residents seeking to travel between provinces for humanitarian, emergency or exceptional circumstances can apply for permits through this online system.
    Exemptions apply to those in vital public and private sectors such as security, military and media. Those who work in health services are also excluded from the curfew. Saudi Arabian Airlines domestic flights appear to be available for booking from 1 June, however this might change at short notice.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Saudi Arabia will lift a nationwide curfew and resume all economic and commercial activities as of Sunday 21 June morning.(Reuters, 20.06.2020)

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    20.06.2020
  • Saudi Arabia Government to end curfew for all areas except Mecca starting 21 June (Reuters, 25.05.2020) Flights to Saudi Arabia are suspended. – This does not apply to technical stops, humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights. These flights are subject to prior approval from GACA.

    International restrictions:

    The suspension of all international flights to/from Saudi Arabia is extended until further notice. All land crossings remain restricted to commercial trucks only. Saudi citizens and residents are NOT exempted. The Saudi authorities have introduced an online registration system to facilitate the repatriation of expatriates holding exit/re-entry or final exit visas to their home countries. Approved residents will receive an SMS with available dates and will be able to purchase flight tickets. Departures will take place through Riyadh-based King Khalid International Airport, Jeddah-based King Abdulaziz International Airport and Dammam-based King Fahd International Airport.

    Internal restrictions:

    From 14 to 22 May, economic and commercial activities will continue as normal. People can go out for essentials from 09.00 to 17.00, except for Mecca and other areas under a full lockdown.

    From 23 to 27 May, the authorities will impose a 24-hour full lockdown countrywide. A 24-hour curfew is in effect in Mecca and Medina and seven neighbourhoods in Jeddah: Al-Mahjar, Al-Qurayyat, Ghulail, Kilo 13, Kilo 14 North, Kilo 14 South and Petromin until further notice. Until 13 May, the 24- hour curfew the capital Riyadh, Tabuk (Tabuk province), rest of Jeddah, Taif (both Mecca province), Dammam, Dhahran, Qatif, Khobar (all Eastern province) and Hofuf will be reduced to 17.00 to 09.00. Curfew restrictions have been eased in Al-Qatif governorate (Eastern province). Residents are now allowed to go out during the curfew i.e. 09.00- 17.00, as well as enter and exit the governorate. In cities and neighbourhoods under 24-hour lockdown only one adult from each household is allowed to leave their home to procure essentials such as food and medicine between 09.00 and 17.00.. Residents seeking to travel between provinces for humanitarian, emergency or exceptional circumstances can apply for permits through this online system. Exemptions apply to those in vital public and private sectors such as security, military and media. Those who work in health services are also excluded from the curfew. Saudi Arabian Airlines domestic flights appear to be available for booking from 1 June, however this might change at short notice.

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    26.05.2020
  • Saudi Arabia Government enforces 24-hour curfew during five-day Eid al-Fitr holiday (Reuters, 12.05.2020), Government allows entry into, exit from Qatif province from 30 April (Reuters, 29.04.2020) 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Saudi Arabia. – This does not apply to nationals of Saudi Arabia. 2. Airline crew are subject to quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival if they passed through the passport control in a country with an ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the past 2 weeks. The suspension of all international flights to/from Saudi Arabia is extended until further notice. All land crossings remain restricted to commercial trucks only. Saudi citizens and residents are NOT exempted. The Saudi authorities have introduced an online registration system to facilitate the repatriation of expatriates holding exit/re-entry or final exit visas to their home countries. Approved residents will receive an SMS with available dates and will be able to purchase flight tickets. Departures will take place through Riyadh-based King Khalid International Airport, Jeddah-based King Abdulaziz International Airport and Dammam-based King Fahd International Airport.

    Internal restrictions:

    Saudi Arabia will enforce a 24-hour curfew across the kingdom during a 5-day holiday to celebrate Muslim Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan to stem the spread of coronavirus. Until then economic activities will remain open and people can move freely between 9 a.m. local time (0600 GMT) and 5 p.m., excluding Mecca which remains under full curfew. (Reuters, 13.05.2020) A 24-hour curfew is in effect in Mecca and Medina and seven neighbourhoods in Jeddah: Al-Mahjar, Al-Qurayyat, Ghulail, Kilo 13, Kilo 14 North, Kilo 14 South and Petromin until further notice. Until 13 May, the 24-hour curfew the capital Riyadh, Tabuk (Tabuk province), rest of Jeddah, Taif (both Mecca province), Dammam, Dhahran, Qatif, Khobar (all Eastern province) and Hofuf will be reduced to 17.00 to 09.00. In cities and neighbourhoods under 24-hour lockdown only one adult from each household is allowed to leave their home to procure essentials such as food and medicine between 09.00 and 17.00 local time. Residents seeking to travel between provinces for humanitarian, emergency or exceptional circumstances can apply for permits through this online system. Exemptions apply to those in vital public and private sectors such as security, military and media. Those who work in health services are also excluded from the curfew.

    Source: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm https://sa.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/ https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening

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    13.05.2020
  • Saudi Arabia Government allows entry into, exit from Qatif province from 30 April (Reuters, 29.04.2020)
    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Saudi Arabia.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Saudi Arabia.
    2. Airline crew are subject to quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival if they passed through the passport control in a country with an ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the past 2 weeks.

    The suspension of all international flights to/from Saudi Arabia is extended until further notice.
    All land crossings remain restricted to commercial trucks only.
    Saudi citizens and residents are NOT exempted.
    The Saudi authorities have introduced an online registration system to facilitate the repatriation of expatriates holding exit/re-entry or final exit visas to their home countries. Approved residents will receive an SMS with available dates and will be able to purchase flight tickets. Departures will take place through Riyadh-based King Khalid International Airport, Jeddah-based King Abdulaziz International Airport and Dammam-based King Fahd International Airport.

    Internal restrictions:

    A 24-hour curfew is in effect in Mecca and Medina and seven neighbourhoods in Jeddah: Al-Mahjar, Al-Qurayyat, Ghulail, Kilo 13, Kilo 14 North, Kilo 14 South and Petromin until further notice. Until 13 May, the 24-hour curfew the capital Riyadh, Tabuk (Tabuk province), rest of Jeddah, Taif (both Mecca province), Dammam, Dhahran, Qatif, Khobar (all Eastern province) and Hofuf will be reduced to 17.00 to 09.00. In cities and neighbourhoods under 24-hour lockdown only one adult from each household is allowed to leave their home to procure essentials such as food and medicine between 09.00 and 17.00 local time. Residents seeking to travel between provinces for humanitarian, emergency or exceptional circumstances can apply for permits through this online system. Exemptions apply to those in vital public and private sectors such as security, military and media. Those who work in health services are also excluded from the curfew.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source [https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm]
    [https://sa.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/]
    [https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening]
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