10 Rules for Institutional Quarantine in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Airlines has published the detailed rules for the 7 days of institutional quarantine in KSA which everyone coming to Saudi Arabia should know. Here are the details;

1 – Travelers who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease do not need to quarantine upon arrival in Saudi Arabia, said the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), but they must have vaccination certificates that have been attested by authorities in their home country.

2 – All arriving passengers to Saudi Arabia (above 8 years old) including the diplomats will have to provide a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours of boarding the flight.

3 – All international travelers must have medical insurance with the coverage of COVID19 treatment. The insurance available to visit visa holders and Iqama holders already cover it.

4 – All Non-Immune international travelers must complete a 7 days institutional quarantine in Saudi Arabia starting from the time of arrival at the institutional quarantine facilities at their own expense. However, the following are exempted;

  • Non-immune dependents and domestic workers accompanying an immune Iqama holder.
  • Saudi citizens, citizen spouses, their children, and their domestic workers. If they are not immune, they will complete the home quarantine for 7 days.
  • Diplomats and their families. 
  • Cabin Crew.
  • Those involved in health supply chains, according to MOH.

Who is treated immune? People who have taken any of the following set of COVID-19 vaccine are exempt from the institutional quarantine in Saudi Arabia provided that the vaccine certificates are required to be certified by official health authorities from the country that provided the vaccination

  • Iqama holders whose status is shown as “Immune” in tawakkalna;
    • immediately after taking 2 Doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
    • 14 days after taking one dose of coronavirus vaccine.
  • 2 doses of Pfizer BioNTech.
  • 2 doses of Oxford AstraZeneca.
  • 2 doses of Moderna.
  • 1 dose of Johnson Johnson s Janssen.

Sinopharm is not in the approved vaccination list.

5 – All guests, except passengers under the age of (8) years, to undergo two PCR Tests, within (24) hours of arrival and on the 7th day of arrival. If the result is negative, they are permitted to leave quarantine on the 8th day.

6 – Here is the list of approved institutional quarantine facilities in Saudi Arabia.  https://cdn.mt.gov.sa/public/licensedAccommodations/index.html

7 – People entering Saudi Arabia from 20 countries are still required to spend at least 14 days in an unbanned country. In addition, they will be required to spend 7 days in an institutional quarantine facility in Saudi Arabia if they are not exempt as stated in points 5 and 6 above.

8 – Fully vaccinated people coming from the 20 banned countries would also be required to spend 14 days in an unbanned country before entering Saudi Arabia.

9 – Entry to Saudi Arabia by road is allowed only for those people who are fully vaccinated as per the details given above.

10 – Saudi Arabia has urged all passengers including citizens, Iqama holders, GCC nationals, and visit visa holders to complete vaccine registration on the Muqeem website before arrival to Saudi Arabia.

You can book your Institutional Quarantine package from the Saudi Airlines website through this link. 

Source: Saudi Airlines

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