Saudi Arabia Travel requirements, advice , Coronavirus status and Visa Policy

2023-07-13 16:19:01

Saudi Arabia is located in Western Asia. It is a developing country. Current Travel Advice to visitors travelling to Saudi Arabia is Reconsider Travel. Check Saudi Arabia Travel Advisory, visa Requirements below.

Travel advice and advisories

Published 28.03.2022
1. The following passengers are allowed to enter.
- nationals and residents of Saudi Arabia;
- first degree family members of nationals of Saudi Arabia;
- nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates;
- passengers with an exit/entry, residence, tourist, visit or work visa issued by Saudi Arabia;
- passengers who can obtain a visa on arrival;
- domestic workers of nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. They must be accompanied by the sponsor;
- Umrah passengers.
2. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in Iran, Lebanon or Turkey are not allowed to enter.
- This does not apply to nationals and residents of Saudi Arabia with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in Saudi Arabia.
3. Passengers must download and register on the TAWAKKALNA app before departure or on arrival.
4. Passengers with a visit visa must have medical insurance to cover COVID-19 expenses.
5. Airlines can check the validity of the exit/entry visas for residents of Saudi Arabia at

Travel Advisory By USA

Thu, 13 Jul 2023

Reissued with obsolete COVID-19 page links removed.

Reconsider travel to Saudi Arabia due to the threat of missile and drone attacks on civilian facilities. Exercise increased caution in Saudi Arabia due to terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Do not travel to the following locations due to missile and drone attacks and terrorism:

  • Within 50 miles of the Saudi-Yemen border, as well as the cities of Abha, Jizan, Najran, and Khamis Mushayt;
  • Abha airport;
  • Qatif in the Eastern Province and its suburbs, including Awamiyah.

Country Summary: U.S. government personnel must adhere to the above travel restrictions. As such, the U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in these locations.

Missile and drone attacks perpetrated by Iran and Iran-supported militant groups represent a significant threat. The Islamic Republic of Iran has supplied Yemen-based Houthis and other regional proxy groups with weapons to conduct destructive and sometimes lethal attacks using drones, missiles, and rockets against a variety of Saudi sites, including critical infrastructure, civilian airports, military bases, and energy facilities throughout the country, as well as vessels in Red Sea shipping lanes. Recent attacks were aimed at targets throughout Saudi Arabia including Riyadh, Jeddah, Dhahran, Jizan, Khamis Mushayt, the civilian airport in Abha, Al Kharj, military installations in the south, as well as oil and gas facilities.

Debris from intercepted drones and missiles represents a significant risk to civilian areas and populations. Militant groups continue to plan and conduct attacks against locations in Saudi Arabia. U.S. citizens living and working near military bases and critical civilian infrastructure, particularly near the border with Yemen, are at heightened risk of missile, drone, and rocket attacks.

Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks against Saudi and Western targets throughout Saudi Arabia. Terrorists attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, large gatherings, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Terrorists are also known to time attacks around major holidays and/or in response to military operations. Terrorists have targeted both Saudi and Western government interests, mosques and other religious sites (both Sunni and Shia), and places frequented by U.S. citizens and other Westerners. ISIS claimed responsibility for a November 2020 IED attack at a cemetery in Jeddah during a ceremony commemorating the end of World War I. Several Western diplomats were in attendance.

Due to risks to civil aviation operating within the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman region, including Saudi Arabia, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an advisory Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM). For more information U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Saudi Arabia.

If you decide to travel to Saudi Arabia:

Yemen Border, Abha airport, and Qatif in the Eastern Province and its suburbs, including Awamiyah – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Militant groups in Yemen have attacked Saudi border towns and other sites in Saudi Arabia with armed drones, missiles, and rockets. Civilians that are near the border with Yemen are especially at risk. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Saudi Arabia, including in Qatif.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens within 50 miles of the Saudi-Yemen border as U.S. government personnel and their families are restricted from travel to this area.

Visit our website for information on travel to high-risk areas.

Visa Policy for Visitors travelling to Saudi Arabia

Visa required

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eVisa / Visa on arrival

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Visa on arrival

  • Croatia

Admission refused

  • Israel

Visa on Arrival

  • Maldives (30 days)

Visa Requirements for Saudi Arabia Citizens