How to directly enter KSA from 11 banned countries?

The Ministry of Interior has allowed manufacturing companies to bring their critical employees from 11 banned countries to Saudi Arabia without spending 14 days in another country.

11 banned countries

As a general rule of law, a Non-Saudi coming from any of the following 11 countries would be required to spend 14 days in another country if he has not taken 2 doses of the COVID19 vaccine within Saudi Arabia.

  1. Turkey.
  2. Lebanon.
  3. Ethiopia. 
  4. Afghanistan.
  5. South Africa. 
  6. Namibia.
  7. Botswana.
  8. Zimbabwe.
  9. Mozambique.
  10. Lesotho.
  11. Eswatini.

8 conditions to avoid quarantine

However, companies can request the Ministry of Interior to exempt 14 days quarantine for expats coming from 10 banned countries if the following conditions are met;

1- Only a manufacturing company can request it.

2- The company does not have any violation of coronavirus protocols.

3- The worker’s Tawakkalna status is Immune.

4- The expat is a critical employee for the operations.

5- The workers obtain a negative PCR 72 hours before the travel.

6- The worker commits to complete 7 days home quarantine after arrival.

7- Complete vaccine registration on the Muqeem website before arrival.

8- The exemption is not available to the dependents of the expat.

Required Documents

Make one PDF file for all the below-mentioned documents.

1- A letter from the employer requesting the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources to waive off the requirement of 14 days stay for its designated workers.

2- Iqama.

3- Passport.

4- Exit Reentry Visa.

5- Travel Ticket.

6- Company Commercial Registration.

7- Print from the labor office showing the worker the employee of the company.

8- Another file contains the following details in a tabular form of all employees for whom the exception is requested.

  • Full Name.
  • Passport number.
  • Visa number.
  • Itinerary.

How to apply for 14 days quarantine exemption?

In order to apply for an exemption, the manufacturing company is required to;

  • Open the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resource website.
  • Click on the “Log in” button.
  • Enter your Absher account details.
  • Click on the “Place Request” option.
  • Scroll down and “Confirm” the terms and conditions.

  • Now fill one application form for each worker.
  • Attach the PDF file with the required documents.
  • Submit the application.
  • The application process time: 10 working days.


Here is an exemption letter received by one of our readers when his company applied for it following the above-mentioned way.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.