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Travel Restrictions in the Middle East

Check the countries below to find the official orders and decrees related to COVID 19. countries responses continue to evolve, so please keep checking often for updates. Also rely on your local and national government for the travel restrictions in the Middle East.

Bahrain, Dubai, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman & Saudi Arabia

1. Bahrain – Travel Restrictions

Last updated: 31 May 2021

Entry to Bahrain is restricted to specified nationalities and categories of passengers. Please check the requirements before you travel.

COVID‑19 PCR testing and quarantine

Travel Restrictions: From 24 May 2021, 23:59hrs (Bahrain time), fully vaccinated or recovered passengers travelling from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, State of Kuwait, Sultanate of Oman and the United Arab Emirates are not required to undergo a COVID‑19 PCR test before or after arrival. The original or a copy on an official GCC mobile app of the vaccination certificate stating that the last dose of the vaccine was administered at least 14 days before arrival in Bahrain or a recovery certificate must be presented.

This as well as the below exemptions related to COVID‑19 PCR testing is not applicable for passengers between 6 and 17 years old.

Passengers from countries with mutual recognition of vaccination certificates (Greece, Hungary, Israel and the Republic of Cyprus) are also exempted from COVID‑19 PCR testing before and after arrival if they can present proof that they have been vaccinated with a recognised vaccine.

Passengers with valid vaccination certificates recognised by the government of Bahrain are exempted from the testing and quarantine requirements.

In all cases, the last dose of vaccine must have been administered at least 14 days before arrival in Bahrain.

The above exemptions are not applicable for passengers arriving from or have transited through the Red List countries (Republic of India, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal) in the last 14 days. These passengers must present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate with a QR code for a test conducted not more than 48 hours before departure. They must also undergo COVID‑19 PCR testing on arrival and on the 10th day of their stay in Bahrain. Upon arrival, these passengers are required to quarantine for 10 days at an NHRA approved hotel or their residence. Proof of prepaid hotel reservation in their name for a designated quarantine facility must be provided before boarding a flight to Bahrain. Passengers who choose to quarantine at their residence must provide proof of residence either owned or leased by the passenger or an immediate family member before boarding.

From 1 June 2021, 23:59hrs (Bahrain time), all passengers arriving from or have transited through Vietnam in the last 14 days also must comply with the above mentioned testing and quarantine requirements for the passengers from Red List countries.

Non‑vaccinated (and those who are not vaccinated from Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, State of Kuwait, Sultanate of Oman and the United Arab Emirates, or from countries with mutual recognition of vaccination) passengers from other countries also must present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate with a QR code for a test conducted not more than 48 hours before departure. They must also undergo COVID‑19 PCR testing on arrival and on the 10th day of their stay in Bahrain. Upon arrival, these passengers also required to quarantine for 10 days at an NHRA approved hotel or their residence. Proof of prepaid hotel reservation in their name for a designated quarantine facility must be provided before boarding a flight to Bahrain. Passengers who choose to quarantine at their residence must provide proof of residence either owned or leased by the passenger or an immediate family member before boarding.

Please refer to the latest list of NHRA approved quarantine facilities.

Passengers with valid vaccination certificates issued by public health authorities in the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and the EU are exempted from the mandatory quarantine requirements. However, they must undergo a mandatory PCR test upon arrival and an additional test on the 10th day of their stay in Bahrain.

Passengers from countries other than the abovementioned countries, even if vaccinated, will need to go through the mandatory COVID‑19 PCR testing and quarantine requirements as directed by NHRA/MOH.

Mandatory testing (BD 24 for PCR tests on arrival in Bahrain) and quarantine costs will be at the passenger’s expense.

  • Children under six years of age are exempted from COVID‑19 test.
  • The payment for the test on arrival can be made through the ‘BeAware Bahrain’ App, which is a must to have with the passenger before reaching Bahrain. The links for downloading this app are:
  • Payment can also be made through the eGOVERNMENT website
  • Payment by cash is also accepted upon arrival, however this will cause delays for the passenger.

Travel Eligibility

Travel Restrictions: Entry to Bahrain is restricted to Bahraini citizens, residents, GCC citizens who do not need a visa, passengers eligible to obtain a visa on arrival, passengers with a valid eVisa, military personnel and airline crew.

Visa on arrival facility is reintroduced for citizens of nationalities that are eligible for it. To check if you are eligible for a visa on arrival or apply for an eVisa, please visit the Bahrain eVisa System.

Effective 24 May 2021, 2359hrs (Bahrain time), passengers are not allowed to enter Bahrain from the Republic of India, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, including those who have transited through these countries within the last 14 days of their intended travel to Bahrain, unless they are:

  • Bahraini Citizens
  • Passengers holding valid residence visas or LMRA employment visas for Bahrain

Effective 1 June 2021, 23:59hrs (Bahrain time), passengers from Vietnam, including those who have transited through the country within the last 14 days, are not allowed to enter Bahrain, unless they are:

  • Bahraini Citizens
  • Passengers holding valid residence visas or LMRA employment visas for Bahrain

The following professionals travelling to Saudi with a Saudi Iqama with more than 3 months’ validity and a valid re‑entry visa to Saudi via Bahrain, except from the above five countries, will be allowed entry to Bahrain if they intend to travel to Saudi after completing their quarantine:

  • Doctors
  • Engineers or architects
  • Managers
  • Auditors
  • IT specialist
  • Accountant
  • Software developer
  • Lawyer

Passengers under this category must have a valid hotel reservation for their quarantine of 14 days at a NHRA approved hotel and are required to download the BeAware Bahrain app and complete payment.

All other professionals will need to have a pre‑arranged visa from Bahrain embassy or apply for an e‑visa to enter Bahrain.

All arriving passengers must hold an e‑visa, a return ticket and sufficient funds to cover their stay in Bahrain. E‑visas and visa on arrival are currently suspended for passengers from the above mentioned 5 countries in the red list.

Required Forms

Travel Restrictions: All passengers must complete the Bahrain declaration health form before arrival.

If you’re travelling to Bahrain, please check our page: Things to do in Bahrain

 


 

2. Dubai – Travel Restrictions

Last updated: 01 September 2021

A. Dubai Tourists:

Tourists departing from Dubai:

Passengers will need to do COVID‑19 PCR tests only if it is mandated by the country they are travelling to.

Rapid COVID‑19 testing at Dubai International airport for flights to China

All passengers, except children under the age of 1, who are travelling to China must have a negative rapid COVID‑19 test certificate before travel. You must report to the check‑in counter 5 hours before your flight and take this test at Dubai International airport at Emirates Terminal 3 departure area, next to Costa. For further information please refer to the travel requirements for China.

Special COVID‑19 PCR test rates for Emirates passengers

Emirates has expanded its medical partnerships to offer all passengers exclusive home or office COVID‑19 PCR testing rates at the following centres:

  • Al Tadawi Medical Centre
    • Located at Al Masood building, Airport Road, Port Saeed area, Deira.
    • The test costs AED 130 per person. Home or office testing within Dubai costs AED 240 per person. Test results will be available within 24 hours.
  • Prime Medical Centres
    • Locations in Dubai:
      • Al Qusais Branch, Damascus Street
      • Premier Diagnostic and Medical Center, Salah Al Din Street
      • Prime Corp Medical Center, Salah Al Din Street, Deira
      • Sheikh Zayed Branch, Sheikh Zayed Street, near Noor Islamic Bank
      • Prime Specialist Medical Center Sharjah Branch, King Faisal St, Al Majaz
      • Ajman Branch, Grand Mall, Sheikh Khalifa St
    • The test costs AED 150 per person. Home or office testing within Dubai for a minimum of two passengers is also available at AED 240 per person. Test results will be available within 24 hours.

 

Tourists travelling to Dubai:

Before you book

  • Check if you need a visa. Depending on your nationality you can get a visa on arrival, or you can apply for your prearranged visit visa from Dubai Immigration before you travel.

    Before you travel

    GDRFA or ICA approval is not required for tourists travelling to the UAE.

    Passengers arriving from the following countries must follow specific protocols:

    • Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia

    Requirements for passengers from these countries:

    • A valid negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate with a QR code issued within 48 hours of the time the sample was collected from an approved health facility
    • A rapid PCR test report with a QR code for a test conducted at the departure airport within six hours of departure

    For passengers travelling to Dubai as their final destination from Bangladesh, Nigeria, Vietnam and Zambia, travel is currently not possible as there are no rapid PCR testing facilities at the airport.

    Requirements for all passengers arriving in Dubai

    All passengers travelling to Dubai from any point of origin (GCC countries included) must hold a negative COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure, except for travel from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Indonesia (for which specific requirements are stated above). Please see the requirements for travel from India below.

    The certificate must be a Reverse Transcription‑Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT‑PCR) test. Other test certificates including antibody tests, NHS COVID Test certificates, Rapid PCR tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai. Travellers must bring an official, digital or printed certificate in English or Arabic to check in – SMS certificates are not accepted. PCR certificates in other languages are acceptable if they can be validated at the originating station. Digital COVID‑19 certificates are accepted upon arrival at Dubai International airport verification points.

    COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test certificates must be issued by an authorised facility in the passenger’s departure country. Certificates that have already been presented for travel to another destination can’t be used for re‑entry even if they are still within the validity period.

    For passengers arriving from the following countries, it is mandatory that the COVID‑19 PCR report includes a QR code linked to the original report for verification purposes. The QR code must be presented at check‑in and to representatives of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) upon arrival in Dubai airports: Indonesia, Sudan, Lebanon, Egypt and Ethiopia.

    Indian Nationals with a normal passport who are travelling to or from India via Dubai can obtain a visa on arrival in Dubai for a maximum stay of 14 days provided they:

    • have a visitor visa or a green card issued by the Unites States, or
    • a residence visa issued by the United Kingdom or Europe union

    The visa issued by United States, United Kingdom or Europe union has to be valid for a minimum of 6 months

    Test on arrival

    Passengers arriving in Dubai from the following countries will be required to take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai International airport:

    Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Poland, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Russia, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe.

    Transiting in Dubai

    All transit passengers must complete all the requirements of their final destination.

    Transit passengers from the following countries must present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure:

    • Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Indonesia

    All other transit passengers are not required to present this certificate unless it is mandated by their final destination.

    Test exemptions:

    • UAE nationals are exempt from taking a COVID‑19 PCR test before departing for Dubai. They must be tested on arrival in Dubai, irrespective if they are holding a valid negative COVID‑19 RT‑PCR certificate from the point of origin.
      This is also applicable for:

      • Passengers accompanying a 1st degree UAE nationals’ relative or domestic workers
      • Domestic workers escorting a UAE national sponsor during travel.
    • Children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability are exempt from taking a COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test.
      • Moderate or severe disability includes neurological disorders and intellectual or developmental disabilities. For example: Acute spinal cord injury, Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Ataxia, Autism spectrum, Bell’s palsy, Brain tumours, Cerebral aneurysm, Cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy and seizures
      • All other passengers, including those who are visually impaired, hearing impaired or physically challenged must hold a negative COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test certificate as per the requirements.
    • There may be specific test exemptions in your country of origin and final destination. Please check the requirements before you travel.

    COVID‑19 testing laboratories:

    • The UAE government has specified designated laboratories. You can either use the recommended laboratories in the list or any trusted and certified laboratories in your country of origin to get your COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test.
    • If you are flying from India, Pakistan, Nigeria or Bangladesh , you must get your certificate from one of the labs listed in the designated laboratories document to be accepted on the flight.

    When you arrive

    • You may need to take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival. If you take a test at the airport, you must remain in your hotel or residence until you receive the test result.
    • If the test result is positive, you will be required to undergo isolation and follow the Dubai Health Authority guidelines.
    • You must also download the COVID19 – DXB Smart App iOSAndroid

Rules for travel from the United Kingdom

All passengers travelling to Dubai from the UK must hold a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure and the certificate must be a Reverse Transcription‑Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT‑PCR) test. Note that NHS Covid Test certificates are not accepted for travel from the United Kingdom.

UAE Nationals travelling to Dubai are exempted from COVID‑19 testing requirements prior to departure but will be subject to a COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival in Dubai.

 

Travelling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi

There are strict rules for travelling into Abu Dhabi by road.

Arriving passengers

Passengers who are planning to travel to Abu Dhabi must comply with the following protocols in place at all Abu Dhabi borders. These procedures may affect travel time.

Effective 15 August 2021, Abu Dhabi authorities have revised the rules and updated travel procedures for UAE citizens and residents as well as visitors entering Abu Dhabi.

Vaccinated travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi from green list destinations must take a COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival without the need to quarantine, and take a second COVID‑19 PCR test on Day 6.

When arriving from other destinations (non‑green), they must take a COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival, quarantine for seven days and take a second COVID‑19 PCR test on Day 6.

The protocol applies to fully vaccinated UAE citizens and residents as well as visitors, and must be documented on the Alhosn App.

Unvaccinated citizens, residents and visitors arriving in Abu Dhabi from green list destinations must take a COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival without the need to quarantine, and take COVID‑19 PCR tests on Days 6 and 9.

When arriving from other destinations (non‑green), they must take a COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival, quarantine for ten days and take another COVID‑19 PCR test on Day 9.

Restrictions for unvaccinated individuals

Effective 20 August 2021, entry into public places will be limited to vaccinated citizens, residents, and tourists. The approved process allows entry for those vaccinated with green status on the Alhosn App, which appears after a negative COVID‑19 PCR test result and is valid for 30 days.

Entry is also allowed for those exempted from vaccination with green status on Alhosn App, which appears after a negative COVID‑19 PCR test result and is valid for seven days. Children under 16 years old whose status will appear as green on the Alhosn App without the testing requirement will also be allowed entry.

Unvaccinated individuals and those with grey status on the Alhosn App, which reflects an expired COVID‑19 PCR test, are prohibited from entering public places.

Public spaces have been detailed as the following: shopping centres, restaurants, cafés, and all other retail outlets, including those not within a shopping centre, as well as gyms, recreational facilities and sporting activities, health clubs, resorts, museums, cultural centres, and theme parks. The list also includes universities, institutes, public and private schools, and children’s nurseries in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Vaccination certificate verification

Before departure, visitors need to register in the Register Arrivals section of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) app, complete the register arrivals form and upload an international vaccination certificate. Visitors will then receive an SMS, including a link to download the Alhosn App.

Upon arrival in Abu Dhabi, visitors will receive a Unified Identification Number (UID) either at the airport or via the ICA app or website. Visitors will then need to download and register on the Alhosn App using the UID and phone number used for ICA registration or when taking a COVID‑19 PCR test in the UAE.

Visitors will receive a one‑time password (OTP) to complete the Alhosn App registration process. The Alhosn App allows users to check status, vaccination information, test results and travel test requirements, and use a live QR code.

These tests and processes are a legal requirement and those failing to follow this process are liable for fines.

Find out where to get tested in Dubai before you enter Abu Dhabi.

 

If you’re travelling to Dubai, please check our page: Things to do in Dubai

If you’re travelling to Abu Dhabi, please check our page: Things to do in Abu Dhabi

 

B. Dubai Residence:

Dubai residence visa holders travelling from Dubai

Passengers will need to do COVID‑19 PCR tests only if it is mandated by the country they are travelling to.

  • If you travel out of Dubai and return, the process above will apply to your return journey.
  • Dubai residents do not need Dubai government approval to leave Dubai.
  • Please check the requirements of the country you are travelling to. The travel regulations change frequently. You may need to take a COVID‑19 PCR test before you depart or another particular type of COVID‑19 test specified by your destination.
  • This is a list of authorised COVID‑19 test laboratories in Dubai where you can get tested before you travel to your destination.

Rapid COVID‑19 testing at Dubai International airport for flights to China

All passengers, except children under the age of 1, who are travelling to China must have a negative rapid COVID‑19 test certificate before travel. You must report to the check‑in counter 5 hours before your flight and take this test at Dubai International airport at Emirates Terminal 3 departure area, next to Costa. For further information please refer to the travel requirements for China.

Special COVID‑19 PCR test rates for Emirates passengers

Emirates has expanded its medical partnerships to offer all passengers exclusive home or office COVID‑19 PCR testing rates at the following centres:

  • Al Tadawi Medical Centre
    • Located at Al Masood building, Airport Road, Port Saeed area, Deira.
    • The test costs AED 130 per person. Home or office testing within Dubai costs AED 240 per person. Test results will be available within 24 hours.
  • Prime Medical Centres
    • Locations in Dubai:
      • Al Qusais Branch, Damascus Street
      • Premier Diagnostic and Medical Center, Salah Al Din Street
      • Prime Corp Medical Center, Salah Al Din Street, Deira
      • Sheikh Zayed Branch, Sheikh Zayed Street, near Noor Islamic Bank
      • Prime Specialist Medical Center Sharjah Branch, King Faisal St, Al Majaz
      • Ajman Branch, Grand Mall, Sheikh Khalifa St
    • The test costs AED 150 per person. Home or office testing within Dubai for a minimum of two passengers is also available at AED 240 per person. Test results will be available within 24 hours.

 

Dubai residence visa holders travelling to Dubai

If you’re travelling to Abu Dhabi, please check our page: Things to do in Abu Dhabi

 


 

3. Iran – Travel Restrictions

Last updated: 19 May 2021

Travel Restrictions: If you are travelling to Iran, you must take a COVID‑19 PCR test and complete the self‑declaration form before departure.

Travel eligibility

Tourist or Visit visas will not be issued on arrival.

Passengers originating from or having visited the below countries within the past 14 days are not permitted to enter Iran:

  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • France
  • India
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Pakistan
  • South Africa
  • Slovakia
  • Zambia

Passengers originating or having visited countries within the European Union within the past 14 days are required to present the COVID‑19 PCR test negative in English or approved by an Iranian Consulate.

COVID‑19 testing requirements

Travel Restrictions: All passengers, including Iranian nationals, and children above the age of 8 years old must carry a negative COVID‑19 PCR test result certificate issued no later than 96 hours before departure. The certificate is mandatory to be accepted on the flight.

Passengers arriving from high risk countries mentioned below will additionally be subject to another COVID‑19 PCR test upon arrival in IKA airport at their cost (equivalent of 2,500,000 IRR):

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Bahrain
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia
  • Colombia
  • Egypt
  • Ecuador
  • Hungary
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo
  • Lithuania
  • Lebanon
  • Malta
  • Moldavia
  • Montenegro
  • Macedonia
  • Palestine
  • St. Lucia
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Syria
  • Tanzania
  • UAE

All passengers arriving in Tehran will undergo thermal screening, and suspected COVID‑19 cases will be isolated, regardless of their negative test result certificate.

Exemptions

Travel Restrictions: Iranian nationals not holding a negative test result can be accepted with a form of indemnity (FOI). They will undergo a COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival and will be isolated in IBIS Hotel for 48 hours until the test result is received. Passengers must cover the costs of the test and hotel stay.

Required forms

Travel Restrictions: Effective 5 August 2020, all passengers regardless of point of origin or nationality must complete the COVID‑19 screening self‑declaration form and present it to the health representatives on arrival.

Quarantine

Travel Restrictions: Iranian nationals must complete an indemnity form and quarantine themselves at the specified address (preferably their own home) for 14 days. Non Iranian nationals will be quarantined at the Ministry of Health assigned IBIS International Airport Hotel for 14 days.

Other information

Travel Restrictions: All costs for the COVID‑19 PCR test (around USD 17) as well as hotel quarantine charges (around USD 30 per night) will be at the passenger’s expense.

Travel from Iran

Travel Restrictions: If you are travelling from Iran, you are required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test before departure. You may also be required to submit additional documentation. Please check the requirements of your specific destination before you travel.

COVID‑19 testing requirements

Please check the list of laboratories authorised to conduct COVID‑19 PCR testing in Iran.

If you’re travelling to Iran, please check our page: Things to do in Iran

 


4. Iraq – Travel Restrictions

Last updated: 30 May 2021

With immediate effect, any passengers who have recently travelled to or through India or Bangladesh will not be permitted entry to Iraq.

Travel Restrictions: If you are travelling to Iraq, you are required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test and submit applicable documents before departure. Please also note that it is mandatory to wear facial masks throughout Baghdad (BGW) and Basra (BSR) airports.

Following passengers can travel to Iraq without an OK to board:

  • Passengers holding a valid sticker visa
  • Passengers holding a paper visa and a return ticket, and this will be under the responsibility of the passenger

Passengers holding a paper visa and one‑way ticket require an OK to board approval. They must submit copies of their passport, PNR and visa 48 hours before their date of travel. The required documents must be submitted to:

COVID‑19 PCR testing

Travel Restrictions: All passengers traveling to Iraq must have a printed medical certificate with a negative coronavirus COVID‑19 PCR test or RT‑PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure and the certificate must be in Arabic or English.

Quarantine rules

Travel Restrictions: Nationals of the following countries, regardless of their residency status, must follow the above regulations to enter Iraq. This category of passengers are subject to a 14‑day quarantine in their home or working camps.

  • Austria
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • South Africa
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • USA
  • Zambia

Exemptions

Travel Restrictions: All children under the age of 10 departing or arriving to Iraq are exempt from COVID‑19 PCR test requirements.

Entry exceptions are granted for Diplomats, Official Government Delegations and working employees of International Organizations and Associations.

Travel from Iraq

Travel Restrictions: If you are travelling from Iraq, you will be required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test before travel. UN Medical Clinic COVID‑19 PCR certificates are accepted for UN staff only.

Also note that it is mandatory to wear facial masks throughout Baghdad (BGW) and Basra (BSR) airports.

Passengers have to register their COVID‑19 PCR test result on Iraq Mosafer prior to travel.

All staff and passengers will be subject to thermal scanning and any passenger who shows symptoms of flu will not be allowed to check‑in. They will then be taken to a medical centre for further testing.

If you’re travelling to Iraq, please check our page: Things to do in Iraq

 


5. Jordan – Travel Restrictions

Last updated: 7 June 2021

Travel Restrictions: If you are travelling to Jordan, you must take a COVID‑19 PCR test before departure, fill in the health declaration form and submit complete requirements.

Passengers traveling to Jordan from India are required to stay 45 days outside India before arrival to Jordan. Exception: Jordanian citizens and their families can be accepted regardless of their last exit from India on the condition that they comply with other entry requirements for all arriving passengers and undergo mandatory institutional quarantine for 14 days at the passenger’s own expenses in addition to 10 days home isolation after institutional quarantine.

Jordanian nationals travelling to Jordan, who have spent less than 14 days outside of India must complete version B and version C of the indemnity form.

Jordanian nationals travelling to Jordan, who have spent more than 14 days outside of India must complete version A of the indemnity form.

COVID‑19 PCR testing

Travel Restrictions: All passengers must present a negative certificate for a COVID‑19 PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to the departure time from the first embarkation point. A certificate from any government approved lab will be acceptable.

Passengers will undergo a second COVID‑19 PCR test upon arrival. The cost of the test (JOD 28) must be paid online. After registration and successful payment, you will receive a QR code that must be presented at check‑in to be accepted for your flight. The QR code must also be presented to the authorities upon arrival for verification.

Passengers who do not hold proof of EMD payment will be charged on arrival.

Passengers arriving from Egypt are required to provide COVID‑19 PCR test only from the below listed approved labs:

  • The Central Laboratories
  • Al Borg Laboratories
  • Al Mokhtabar Laboratories

Required forms

Travel Restrictions: All arriving passengers must complete the below:

Passengers must have the health declaration form filled and presented for verification.

COVID‑19 PCR test certificate and health forms must be presented at check in for verification.

Quarantine

Travel Restrictions: All nationalities who have stayed more than 45 days outside of India before travelling to Jordan must undergo 14 days of home isolation.

Exemptions

Travel Restrictions: Children below 5 years old are not required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test before departure or on arrival.

Passengers coming to Amman for medical treatment can be accepted without a QR code if they carry an official letter of approval issued by the Private Hospital Association ‑ Jordan.

Diplomats and employees of regional and international organizations as well as their dependents and family members holding special and/ or normal passports who are residing in Jordan QR Code are exempted from the following:

  • COVID‑19 PCR test before departure
  • COVID‑19 PCR test upon arrival
  • Health insurance

Requirements for vaccinated passengers

Travel Restrictions: The following requirements apply for passengers who have completed a full course of vaccination issued from the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, China, the EU, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Morocco, New Zealand, Oman, Qatar, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom or USA

  • A negative COVID‑19 PCR test result for a test conducted within 72 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure to Jordan from the first departure airport. COVID‑19 PCR testing is not required upon arrival.
  • A medical certificate proving that the full course of vaccination has been completed to be presented in print or electronic copy at check‑in.
  • Passengers must register on the platform VISIT JORDAN to get a QR code.
  • Passengers must also submit passenger health declaration and locator forms available on the JCARC website at the check‑in counter before departure.

Other information

Travel Restrictions: Transfer passengers from outstations across the network can now be accepted through Dubai. The same restrictions apply to all passengers whether originating from Dubai or any other Emirates destination.

International transfer passengers are allowed at Jordanian airports following below criteria:

  • Negative COVID‑19 PCR test is required within 72 hours prior to departure to Jordan
  • The planned transfer time should not exceed 10 hours

If you’re travelling to Jordan, please check our page: Things to do in Jordan

 


6. Kuwait – Travel Restrictions

Last updated: 16 June 2021

Travel eligibility

Travel Restrictions: All non‑Kuwaiti passengers are not allowed to enter Kuwait with the exception of:

  • First‑degree relatives of Kuwaitis, provided they have proof of relationship and a valid entry/residence visa
  • Domestic workers sponsored by Kuwaiti nationals, provided they have a valid residence visa and accompanied by the sponsor
  • Diplomats and staff of diplomatic missions and their first‑degree relatives, provided they have a valid residence permit or entry visa
  • Employees of the Kuwait Ministry of Health/private medical sector and their first‑degree relatives (husband/wife/children), provided they have a valid entry/residence visa and a proof of relationship for the first‑degree relative. Non‑medical staff working for Kuwait Ministry of Health//private medical sector and their first degree relatives do not fall under this exemption category.
  • Domestic workers travelling alone registered on the Belsalamah platform.

Transit and transfer passengers are not allowed at Kuwait International Airport.

The visa on arrival facility is suspended until further notice.

Passengers travelling to Kuwait from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will not be allowed entry unless they fall under the exemptions and have stayed out of the country for 14 days before their arrival in Kuwait. This also applies to passengers who have transferred/transited via these countries within the last 14 days before their arrival in Kuwait. Kuwaiti nationals and their first degree relatives (spouse and children) as well as their domestic workers travelling along with them are exempted from this restriction.

Passengers can present their Kuwait mobile ID instead of a civil ID provided they have downloaded and registered on the app. The details on their mobile ID and must match details on their passport. This is applicable only for the entry eligible passengers.

Resident permit holders who have left Kuwait on or after 1 September 2019 and have stayed outside Kuwait for more than six months can return provided their resident permit/visa is still valid. This is applicable only for eligible passengers.

COVID‑19 PCR testing

Travel Restrictions: All passengers, except children under 6 years old, must carry an original negative COVID‑19 PCR test result certificate in English from any accredited laboratory. The certificate must not be older than 72 hours from the date the test was taken.

Passengers who have taken a COVID‑19 PCR test in Kuwait are eligible to return without restrictions by presenting the same COVID‑19 PCR test certificate provided the return journey is within 72 hours of their test date.

All passengers must pay for two COVID‑19 PCR tests prior to the departure of their flight through the Kuwait Mosafer platform. The first test will be conducted on arrival and the second test will be conducted on the 6th day of the institutional quarantine. (Please refer to exemptions.)

Required forms

Travel Restrictions: All passengers travelling to Kuwait should complete the Home Quarantine Consent and Shlonik Consent forms.

Quarantine

Travel Restrictions: Passengers must undergo a mandatory 14 day quarantine, 7 days at a locally approved hotel (list can be found on the Kuwait Mosafer platform) unless exempted at their own cost and the final 7 days at home. The 7‑day institutional quarantine must be booked before departure (please refer to exemptions).

Exemptions

Travel Restrictions: Non‑Kuwaiti diplomats and diplomatic mission staff, their first degree relatives and accompanying domestic workers are exempted from the requirement of paying for two COVID‑19 PCR tests prior to departure provided they present proof of their identity.

The following categories of passengers are required to pay for only one COVD‑19 PCR test prior to their departure through Kuwait Mosafer platform.

  • Passengers who were administered with one dose of a vaccine accredited by the State of Kuwait and two weeks have passed since, will be exempted from home/institutional quarantine provided they provide a negative COVID‑19 PCR test which has to be completed within 3 days after arrival in Kuwait.
  • Those who recovered from COVID‑19 infection and completed their recovery period within 90 days of travel.

The following categories of passengers are exempt from institutional quarantine but need to undergo home quarantine for 7 days:

  • Diplomats and diplomatic mission staff, their first‑degree relatives and accompanying domestic workers provided they present proof of their identity
  • MOH employees, first‑degree family members and accompanying domestic workers provided they present proof of their identity
  • Kuwaiti students abroad provided they have a certificate issued by the Kuwait cultural office proving they are enrolled in a university abroad.
  • Kuwaiti patients who were sent abroad for medical treatment and their companions who are travelling along with them provided they have a certificate issued by the Kuwait health office in the country of treatment. The companions will only be exempted if they are accompanying the patient during their return to Kuwait. Otherwise they will be subject to regular quarantine requirements.
  • Unaccompanied minors below 18 years old

Required apps

Travel Restrictions: All passengers should install and update all the required information on the Shlonik app and register on the Kuwait Mosafer Platform before boarding.

Other information

Travel Restrictions: Below types of vaccines are approved by the Kuwait Ministry of Health whether they were taken inside or outside the State of Kuwait.

  • Pfizer
  • Oxford AstraZeneca
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson

Passengers arriving from airports with e‑gate facilities need to ensure that they can present either an exit stamp on their passport or exit details to immigration officers in Kuwait.

For more information please refer to the Ministry of Interior and Kuwait Civil Aviation website.

Travel from Kuwait

Travel Restrictions: Restrictions to travel from Kuwait have been imposed by Kuwaiti authorities. Kuwaiti citizens, their first‑degree relatives and domestic servants who are travelling along with them will not be allowed to travel from Kuwait unless they have received the first dose of a vaccine approved by the Kuwait Ministry of Health and completed two weeks.

Below passengers are exempted from this requirement:

  • Citizens holding a certificate from the Ministry of Health proving their inability to be vaccinated due to health reasons.
  • Pregnant Kuwaiti citizens, provided they carry a certificate proving their pregnancy issued and approved by the Ministry of Health.
  • Accredited diplomatic mission to the State of Kuwait
  • Passengers below 16 years old.
  • Kuwaiti students who have received 1 dose of a vaccine accredited by the State of Kuwait and who have not completed two weeks since the date of vaccination

Other information

Travel Restrictions: All Kuwaiti citizens travelling from Kuwait must have active medical insurance covering treatment abroad in case of injuries or accidents

If you’re travelling to Kuwait, please check our page: Things to do in Kuwait

 


7. Lebanon – Travel Restrictions

Last updated: 16 June 2021

Travel Restrictions: If you are travelling to Lebanon, you must take a COVID‑19 PCR test and complete the “Registration form for traveller quarantine follow up” online, as well as download and activate the “covidlebtrack” tracking application before departure.

Travel Eligibility

Travel Restrictions: Effective 3 May 2021, entry to Lebanon is suspended for passengers coming from India unless they have stayed in another country for at least 14 days before travelling to Lebanon.

COVID‑19 testing requirements

Travel Restrictions: All passengers travelling to Lebanon must take a COVID‑19 PCR test in a laboratory certified by the country’s local authority no later than 96 hours between the release of the negative test result and their date of arrival in Lebanon. The negative COVID‑19 PCR test result must be presented at check in to be accepted on the flight. Children below 12 years old are exempted from COVID‑19 testing requirements.

Exemptions:

All passengers who have received the second dose of a COVID‑19 vaccine a minimum of 15 days before their departure are exempted from performing a COVID‑19 PCR test in the country they are travelling from but must perform a COVID‑19 PCR test upon arrival in Lebanon. This procedure applies to passengers who received the second vaccine dose in one of the following countries:

  • Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea (Dem. People’s Rep.), Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territory, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor‑Leste, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Vatican City (Holy See), Vietnam or Yemen
  • Passengers travelling back to Lebanon within a week (i.e., those who travelling out of the country during one day of the week and will return on the same day the following week) are not required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test at their destination but must take a COVID‑19 PCR test at the airport upon their arrival in Lebanon.

All arriving passengers must take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival. The cost of the COVID‑19 PCR test and other medical diagnostic measures is USD 50 (except for children under 12 years age and UNIFIL) and it is collected at the time of flight booking. The test shall be conducted in laboratories authorised by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health at the airport.

Quarantine for travel from 27 January 2021

Travel Restrictions: All arriving passengers should home quarantine for 72 hours. This will be monitored by the Lebanese authorities through an electronic application available here. Passengers are required to download and activate the “covidlebtrack” application and present it to the Ministry of Public Health representatives at the airport.

All passengers coming to Lebanon shall confirm their home quarantine localization upon arrival to Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport and respect the quarantine period of 72 hours.

Exemptions:

Travel Restrictions: The following are exempted from home quarantine:

  • Passengers with a proof of a previous COVID‑19 infection (A recent negative test with a positive test lasting for more than 15 days)
  • Holders of a positive IgG test showing the percentage of antibodies in the blood above the required rate according to each measurement techniques, provided the MOPH representatives at the airport review the medical case and approves it.
  • Holders of a of COVID‑19 vaccination with a medical report certifying that, and shall perform a COVID‑19 PCR test at the airport upon their arrival to Lebanon
  • Diplomats and their families, officials, official delegations, officers and UNFIL

Passengers travelling back to Lebanon within a week (i.e., those who travelling out of the country during one day of the week and will return on the same day the following week) are not required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test at their destination but must take a COVID‑19 PCR test at the airport upon their arrival in Lebanon.

Cabin crew arriving to Lebanon for a period of no more than 48 hours are exempted from doing COVID‑19 PCR test upon arrival at the airport, and they shall remain quarantined in their places of residence throughout their stay in Lebanon.

Quarantine for passengers arriving from the United Kingdom or Brazil effective 1 June 2021 starting from 08:00 am Beirut local time.

Travel Restrictions: All passengers travelling to Lebanon from the United Kingdom or Brazil (not including transit passengers) must have a confirmed booking for 4 nights/ 5 days at their own expense in one of the following hotels:

Passengers originating from the United Kingdom or Brazil not having a hotel booking in one of the above hotels will not be accepted to travel to Lebanon.

Upon the arrival of passengers to Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, buses from the above hotels will transport them from the airport to the hotel, where they shall remain quarantined for 4 nights / 5 days during which they will be subject to another COVID‑19 PCR test in one of the labs authorized by the Ministry of Public Health at their own expense.

If the COVID‑19 PCR test result was positive, passengers shall follow the instructions of the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health.

Exemptions from hotel quarantine:

Travel Restrictions: National and foreign diplomats with their families are exempted from hotel quarantine but must keep quarantined for 5 days at their places of residence.

Passengers who have received the second dose of a COVID 19 vaccine or a complete dose of single‑dose COVID‑19 vaccine minimum 2 weeks before departure from the United Kingdom or Brazil to Lebanon or passengers who were infected and cured from COVID‑19 within 90 days before their departure date after showing an official document confirming that are exempted from hotel quarantine and from performing a COVID‑19 PCR test in the UK or Brazil but shall perform a COVID‑19 PCR test upon their arrival at Beirut Airport.

The following passengers are also exempted from the mandatory hotel quarantine:

  • Passengers who have received one dose of any COVID‑19 vaccine a minimum of 2 weeks before their departure to Lebanon.
  • Land transit passengers to Syria through BRHIA
  • Arriving minors (passengers below 18 years old), whether unaccompanied or travelling with their parents
  • Passengers who travelled out of Lebanon and will return within one week, at the latest on the same day during the following week, will be also exempted from taking the COVID‑19 PCR test in the country of departure, but must perform a COVID‑19 PCR test at BRHIA upon their arrival in Lebanon.

Required Forms

All passengers arriving in Lebanon, except children under 12 years old, must fill in the “Registration form for traveller quarantine follow up” online and present their approval email or SMS before boarding their flight to Lebanon.

Apps required

Travel Restrictions: All passengers travelling to Lebanon must download and activate the “covidlebtrack” tracking application before departure.

Other information

The airport will remain open with capacity restriction maintained at 20%.

Travel from Lebanon

If you are travelling from Lebanon, you must take a COVID‑19 PCR test before departure. Please check the requirements of your specific destination before you travel.

COVID‑19 testing requirements

Please check the list of accredited laboratories for COVID‑19 PCR testing in Lebanon.

If you’re travelling to Lebanon, please check our page: Things to do in Lebanon

 


8. Oman – Travel Restrictions

Last updated: 7 June 2021

If you are travelling to Oman, you will be required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test and undergo institutional quarantine on arrival.

Travel eligibility

Travel Restrictions: Entry into Oman is limited to Omani citizens and passengers holding valid visas including residence visa, issued until 5 April 2021.

Workers who have been out of Oman for more than six months and whose residency is still valid will need to contact his / her sponsor to obtain a work visa form indicating that their residence visa is valid through Royal Oman Police website or through Sanad Centre.

Visa on Arrival is currently suspended.

Suspension of entry into Oman

Until further notice, entry to Oman is restricted for passengers travelling from the following countries. The restriction also applies to passengers travelling from any other country but have passed through the specified countries in the 14 days prior to requesting entry to Oman.

  • India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, United Kingdom, Sudan, Brazil, Nigeria, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Philippines, Egypt, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Omani citizens, diplomats, health staff and their families are exempted from the restriction but are subject to the procedures for entry mandated by the Sultanate.

Only Omani Citizens, employees and seconded staff to the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom are allowed to enter Oman from the United Kingdom.

COVID‑19 testing requirements

Travel Restrictions: Passengers travelling to and transiting through Oman on flights or layovers of more than 8 hours must take the COVID‑19 PCR test no later than 96 hours before their scheduled time of arrival in Oman.

Passengers on shorter flights (less than 8 hours) must take their COVID‑19 PCR test no later than 72 hours before their scheduled time of arrival in Oman.

Exemptions

  • Children aged 15 years old and below are exempted from the COVID‑19 PCR test and bracelet requirements.
  • Crew are exempted from the COVID‑19 PCR test, bracelet and quarantine requirements.
  • Diplomats working at foreign embassies accredited to the Sultanate of Oman and diplomats visiting the Sultanate are exempted from COVID‑19 PCR testing, Tarassud+ and bracelet requirements but will be subject to a seven‑day quarantine on arrival.
  • Omani citizens who test positive after recovering from COVID‑19 are allowed to travel to the Sultanate if they can present proof that they have completed the prescribed quarantine period before taking the COVID‑19 PCR test before travelling to Oman.

Apps required

  • Download (Tarrasud+) and H Mushrif applications bracelet that will be paired with HMushrif mobile app.

Health Insurance

Travel Restrictions: All passengers arriving to the Sultanate of Oman are required to have international health insurance covering the cost of treatment from COVID‑19 for one month except for citizens, GCC nationals and passengers with free treatment card.

Required forms

  • All passengers must complete the COVID‑19 PCR test pre‑registration form before departure to the Sultanate of Oman and pay the OMR twenty five (25) online

Quarantine

All passengers arriving in Oman must book accommodation for institutional isolation in hotels via the Sahala platform.

In line with the quarantine regulations, travel to the Sultanate of Oman for a period of less than 8 days is not permitted.

All passengers must conduct the COVID‑19 PCR test on the 8th day from the date of arrival. If the result is shown negative, the bracelets can be removed as per the established procedures and quarantine can be ended.

If the result of the test conducted on the 8th day is positive, the passenger must remain in quarantine for further 10 days starting from the time of sample collection.

The following categories of passengers are exempted from the mandatory institutional quarantine:

  • Omani citizens arriving in Oman are exempted from the mandatory institutional quarantine but should undergo home quarantine and follow other procedures applicable to all passengers arriving in Oman. Omani citizens also not required to present a hotel booking or a guarantee letter for institutional quarantine.
  • Diplomats working at foreign diplomatic missions accredited to the Sultanate, diplomats visiting the Sultanate and their families
  • Passengers aged 18 years old and below if travelling alone and passengers aged 60 years old and above
  • Aircrew, subject to the precautionary measures issued by the Ministry of Health
  • Holders of permits for private institutional isolation centres that are pre‑approved by the Relief and Shelter sector
  • Sick passengers whose health conditions require special attention as per the Patient’s Medical Evaluation Form
    • The exception includes two companions for female patients or those below 18 years old. Only one companion will be allowed for male patients over 18 years old. The form must be completed in full and have the name and signature of the treating doctor along with the hospital stamp.
  • Sea crew moored in the territorial waters of the Sultanate must hold a hotel reservation covering the duration of their stay in Oman based on the letter of the shipping agent

Travel from Oman

Travel Restrictions: Omani citizens shall have health insurance covering COVID‑19 valid in the country they are travelling to.

Passenger shall comply with the conditions of the country they are traveling to.

Omani citizens and foreigners are allowed to travel from Oman without a permit.

If you’re travelling to Oman, please check our page: Things to do in Oman

 


9. Saudi Arabia – Travel Restrictions

Last updated: 20 June 2021

Travel Restrictions: There are restrictions on the categories of passengers who can enter Saudi Arabia at this time. Please check the requirements before you travel. If you are travelling to Saudi Arabia, you must take a COVID‑19 PCR test before departure.

COVID‑19 testing requirements

Travel Restrictions: All non‑Saudi nationals, except children 8 years old and below, must present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test result issued by an accredited laboratory. The test must be done not later than 72 hours before the scheduled departure for the Kingdom.

General provisions

  • All non‑vaccinated international travellers arriving in Saudi Arabia must complete their institutional quarantine at their own expense starting from the time of arrival at the institutional quarantine facilities (exempted categories are mentioned below).
  • The duration of the institutional quarantine for all travellers arriving in Saudi Arabia, with the exception of the categories mentioned below, is for a period of 7 days and will include 2 COVID‑19 PCR tests.
  • Quarantine shall be in the city of arrival.
  • All passengers must carry a valid passport (including GCC citizens).

Passengers under the following categories are exempted from institutional quarantine:

  • Saudi citizens, spouses, children and domestic workers accompanying any of individuals mentioned in these categories. Non‑vaccinated travellers in this category must quarantine at home for 7 days and take a COVID‑19 PCR test on day 6 of quarantine.
  • Non‑vaccinated domestic workers accompanying a vaccinated resident. Non‑vaccinated travellers in this category must quarantine at home for 7 days and take a COVID‑19 PCR test on day 6 of quarantine.
  • Vaccinated travellers, and passengers under the age of 18 traveling with them. The unvaccinated travel companion(s) below 18 years old will need to comply with the 7‑day home quarantine requirement on arrival, and take a COVID‑19 PCR test on day 6 of quarantine.
  • Those holding a diplomatic visa, diplomats and their residing families, provided they comply with quarantine procedures by staying in their homes in accordance to the MOH approved regulations.
  • Cabin crew
  • Those involved in health supply chains, according to Ministry of Health
  • Health practitioners working in government sectors, their families and companions who are under the age of 18. Travel companions below 18 years old must comply with home quarantine for 7 days and take a COVID‑19 PCR test within 24 hours of arrival and another on day 7 of quarantine.

Vaccinated travellers:

Travel Restrictions: Passengers who have been vaccinated are exempted from quarantine (home or institutional), provided they present proof that they have received the required doses of the following vaccines authorised by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health:

  • Two doses of Pfizer
  • Two doses of Oxford AstraZeneca
  • Two doses of Moderna
  • One dose of Johnson & Johnson

Vaccine certificates must be certified by official health authorities of the country of vaccination, and not less than 14 days have passed since the last dose (the second dose of a two dose vaccine or the first dose of a single dose vaccine) was administered before traveling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Definition of vaccination status requirements:

  • Saudi citizens or residents
    • Those who are completely vaccinated against COVID‑19 and whose status shows Immune in the Tawakkalna app
    • Those who have completed 14 days since their first dose of an approved vaccine, or those who have recovered from COVID‑19 within the last 6 months
  • Non‑residents and first time visitors
    • Who have completed 14 days since receiving all doses of a vaccine authorised by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and who can present a certificate or proof in accordance with the requirements set by the Ministry of Health and fill the required online form before travelling to Saudi Arabia.

Booking institutional quarantine

Travel Restrictions: As required by government regulations, travellers subject to institutional quarantine must book quarantine packages through an Emirates appointed agency.

Quarantine packages must be booked no less than 72 hours before arrival, and passengers must present a printed copy of the booking voucher at check‑in.

Details of the passenger’s quarantine hotel booking, ticket number and flight information will be presented to government authorities before departure.

Institutional/home quarantine procedures for specific traveller categories coming from restricted countries: Argentina, Indonesia, Pakistan, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, Lebanon, Egypt and India

Travel Restrictions: Entry into the Kingdom is temporarily suspended for passengers coming from Argentina, Indonesia, Pakistan, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, Lebanon, Egypt and India. This includes passengers coming from other countries if they have passed through any of the aforementioned countries in the past 14 before arrival in Saudi Arabia.

This does not apply to the following specific traveller categories: Saudi Nationals, Saudi family members and their accompanying workers who have been in the suspended countries, diplomats, health practitioners and their families.

  • Non‑vaccinated Saudi citizens:
    • COVID‑19 PCR is not required before travelling
    • Must comply with home quarantine for 7 days and COVID‑19 PCR testing on day 6 of quarantine
  • Vaccinated Saudi citizens:
    • No procedures required
  • Vaccinated non‑citizens who are family members of Saudi citizens and their accompanying worker traveling with them:
    • Must provide COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding
    • No quarantine or COVID‑19 PCR testing is required on arrival
  • Non‑vaccinated diplomats and their families and companions who are below 18 years old:
    • Must provide COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding
    • Must comply with home quarantine for 7 days and COVID‑19 PCR testing on day 6 of quarantine
  • Non‑vaccinated health practitioners and their families:
    • Must provide COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding
    • Those working in government sectors must comply with home quarantine for 7 days and take a COVID‑19 PCR test within 24 hours and another on day 7 of quarantine
    • Those working in private sectors must comply with institutional quarantine for 7 days and take a COVID‑19 PCR test within 24 hours and another on day 7 of quarantine

List of health government entities that have quarantine facilities in their headquarters and institutional quarantine is not required for their employees

  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs
  • Ministry of Education
  • Armed Forces Medical Services
  • MOI Medical Services
  • King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre
  • General Intelligence Presidency
  • Presidency of State Security
  • Royal Clinic
  • Saudi Aramco
  • Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu
  • General Sport Authority
  • Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development

Required forms – Travel Restrictions

Travel Restrictions: All passengers must complete the health disclaimer form provided on board and present it on arrival to the Airport Health Control Centre.

Effective 16 June 2021, all non‑Saudi citizens must register their vaccination data online before travelling to Saudi Arabia. Passengers must present confirmation of registration either as a printed certificate or on their mobile device at check‑in.

Other information

Effective 20 May 2021, passengers who are planning to travel to Saudi Arabia must have medical insurance that covers COVID‑19 treatment. This excludes citizens, residents, and GCC citizens. The insurance should cover the costs of treatment in outpatient clinics, emergencies, and hospitals, including institutional quarantine for a period of up to 14 days.

Passengers travelling to Saudi Arabia must download and register on the TAWAKKALNA app on arrival.

Travel from Saudi Arabia – Travel Restrictions

Travel Restrictions: If you are travelling from Saudi Arabia, you may be required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test and submit additional documentation before departure. Please check the requirements of your specific destination before you travel.

Effective from 01:00LT of 17 May 2021, the following Saudi nationals are allowed to travel from Saudi Arabia subject to specific conditions:

  • Saudi nationals who have received 2 doses of the COVID‑19 vaccine must update their status on the Tawakkalna app.
  • Saudi nationals who have received 1 dose of the COVID‑19 vaccine are eligible to travel 14 days after the date of vaccination and must update their status on the Tawakkalna app.
  • Saudi nationals who have recovered from COVID‑19 can travel within 6 months of the date they were diagnosed and must update their status on the Tawakkala app.
  • Saudi nationals below 18 years old must have an insurance policy approved by the Saudi Central Bank that covers treatment for COVID‑19 while abroad.

All nationalities travelling from Saudi Arabia are allowed to travel to or transit through Dubai.

Required forms

Passengers must carry the prescribed documents as per the regulations of their destination.

Other information

Please refer to the Ministry of Health website for the list of authorised COVID‑19 PCR testing centres in Saudi Arabia.

If you’re travelling to Saudi Arabia, please check our page: Things to do in Saudi Arabia

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