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Saudi Arabia Travel Restrictions

68,15% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 67,66% last week
Unvaccinated visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter Saudi Arabia.
Vaccinated visitors from South Africa can enter Saudi Arabia with a negative COVID-19 test result.

For restrictions that apply to vaccinated visitors, please check the official guidelines from Saudi Arabia for the types of accepted and permitted COVID-19 vaccinations, requirements on proof of vaccination certificates, vaccination validity period, and persons and/or groups that may be exempt from vaccination restrictions.


Saudi Arabia entry details and exceptions

Travelers must have valid tourism visa obtained before arrival. Visa on arrival remains suspended for health and safety reasons They must also have COVID 19 insurance. This insurance is included in all new tourism visa issues. If you are entering on a previously issued tourism visa, you will need to pay an additional fee of SAR 40 at the airport on arrival to cover insurance for any COVID-19 related medical expenses.

All visitors arriving in the country with a valid tourism visa must provide evidence of a full course of one the four vaccines currently recognized: two doses of the Oxford/Astra Zeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or a single dose of the vaccine produced by Johnson and Johnson.Guests who have completed two doses of the Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccines will be accepted if they have received an additional dose of one of the four vaccines approved in the Kingdom.


Outgoing travel to Saudi ArabiaTravelling from South Africa to Saudi Arabia

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Visitors from South Africa must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Saudi Arabia.

Details and exceptions

Upon entry to Saudi Arabia, all travelers, including Saudi Arabians (except children who are 8 years old and below) are required to undergo two (2) PCR tests. The first test must be taken within 24 hours on arrival and the second test must be on the 7th day from the date of entry to the country.

All visitors arriving in the country with a valid tourism visa must provide evidence of a full course of one the four vaccines currently recognized: two doses of the Oxford/Astra Zeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or a single dose of the vaccine produced by Johnson and Johnson. Guests who have completed two doses of the Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccines will be accepted if they have received an additional dose of one of the four vaccines approved in the Kingdom.

Quarantine requirements

Unvaccinated visitors from South Africa will need to quarantine for 5 days upon entering Saudi Arabia.

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.

Details and exceptions

Unvaccinated travelers of any age must undertake a five day period of institutional quarantine in a designated hotel. Quarantine will be lifted upon a negative PCR result on the fifth day after arrival.

Travelers are advised to book the quarantine package through the airline on which they are arriving. For your convenience, you should check the current entry requirements with your chosen airline before purchasing a ticket.

Health Practitioners; Health supply chain workers; Travelers under 8 years old, Holders of a diplomatic visa; Fully-vaccinated Saudi Arabia citizens and residents who received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine in Saudi Arabia are not required to quarantine.

Documents
Arrival Registration

Non-Saudi nationals holding Tourist Visas are allowed to enter the Kingdom during COVID-19 pandemic if they completed the required doses of one of the COVID-19 vaccines approved by Saudi Ministry of Health and have successfully registered on the "Arrival Registration" Platform.

Tawakkalna app

Download and register the Tawakkalna application before arriving at the point of departure. To use Tawakkalna in Saudi you will need phone and data services on your cellphone.


Return travelReturning to South Africa from Saudi Arabia

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Travellers returning from Saudi Arabia must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure to South Africa.

Details and exceptions

traveler with no proof of a negative COVID-19 test result will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at his or her own cost and if positive for COVID-19, he or she will be required to isolate at their own cost, for a period of 10 days.

Children under the age of 5 are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from Saudi Arabia are not required to quarantine upon entering South Africa.

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.

Details and exceptions

Travelers who display any COVID-19–related symptoms must be tested on arrival. In the event that the result of the COVID-19 test is positive, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days. The cost of testing and quarantine will be on the travelers' expense.

Documents
Health Declaration Form

Must be completed in 48 hours prior to arrival in South Africa.


Other COVID-19 restrictions for Saudi Arabia

Masks:Required in public spaces.

FAQs

  • Vaccinated visitors from South Africa can enter Saudi Arabia with a negative COVID-19 test result. Unvaccinated visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter Saudi Arabia.

  • Vaccinated visitors from South Africa can enter Saudi Arabia with a negative COVID-19 test result.

  • Unvaccinated visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter Saudi Arabia.

  • Travelers coming from South Africa will need a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure.

  • Fully vaccinated travellers from South Africa are not required to quarantine. Unvaccinated travellers from South Africa are required to isolate for 5 days. Please read the details under the "Quarantine Requirements" section.

  • Mask usage in Saudi Arabia is required in public spaces.

  • Restaurants in Saudi Arabia are closed. Bars in Saudi Arabia are closed.