The Saudi Arabian government has lifted all COVID-related entry restrictions for holders of tourism visas, making the destination one of the most accessible to travellers in the world.
Visitors to Saudi will no longer need to present proof of vaccination or a PCR test to enter the country. Institutional quarantine requirements will be entirely removed, and all travellers from the countries currently red-listed will be allowed entry. Social distancing rules will be lifted across the country, including Makkah and Madinah, and masks will be required in enclosed public places only. Fees for all visa categories will include a nominal fee for medical insurance for COVID-19.
This lifting of restrictions on leisure, business and religious visitors marks the most comprehensive update to travel regulations since Saudi first opened to international travellers in September 2019.
“We welcome this decision by the central government, which protects both lives and livelihoods while welcoming travellers back to Saudi,” said Ahmad Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. “The return to pre-pandemic levels of openness was made possible by our country’s ambitious vaccination program and other successful efforts to minimize the spread of the virus. By reducing costs and inconveniences for travellers, we are also supporting the many thousands of people who depend on tourism, while driving revenue to companies that have been severely affected by the pandemic.”
Administering 61.3 million vaccines, 99 percent of the population over the age of 12 is now fully vaccinated. In terms of total COVID cases per million in the population, Saudi ranks 152nd in the world, significantly below the global average and lower than any other OECD country.
In addition, in the last six months, Saudi has hosted some of the largest public events in the world. The MDLBeast electronic dance festival attracted more than 720,000 visitors and the Riyadh Season entertainment festival has welcomed more than 11 million.