Saudi Arabia allows direct entry from 6 countries

Saudi Arabia has allowed direct entry of Non-Saudis from 6 countries without spending 14 days in another country starting from the 1st of Dec 2021 with 1 condition.

List of allowed Countries

The list of countries from where direct travel is allowed is the following;

  1. Pakistan.
  2. India.
  3. Egypt.
  4. Indonesia.
  5. Brazil.
  6. Vietnam.

Mandatory Institutional Quarantine

Direct flights have been allowed with the only condition that passengers coming from these countries have to spend 5 days in institutional quarantine even if they have taken the double dose of vaccine outside Saudi Arabia.

People who have taken one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Saudi Arabia would be required to spend 3 days in institutional quarantine. Although it is not yet announced, we believe that the Tawakkalna status of the resident must show “Immune” status.

Before arrival, passengers coming from these countries are still required to;

What if vaccinated in Saudi Arabia?

Those Iqama holders who have taken 2 doses of the coronavirus vaccine inside Saudi Arabia are allowed to fly directly from any country in the world to Saudi Arabia without any quarantine requirement.

What about visit visa and Umrah Visa?

People coming on Umrah and Visit Visa are allowed to enter Saudi Arabia directly with 5 days institutional quarantine as explained above.

How to get Institutional Quarantine Package?

Every Airline is selling the institutional quarantine package on its website. Before booking the ticket with any airline, check their institutional quarantine package. Here are some links;

List of Banned Countries

With the recent development, now there are only 11 countries from where direct travel is not allowed namely;

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

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