Saudi Arabia opens its doors to tourists

The Saudi Ministry of Tourism announced that the Kingdom opens its doors to tourists, and lift the suspension of entry for tourist visa holders, starting from August 1, 2021.

Fully vaccinated tourists can enter Saudi Arabia without the need for an institutional quarantine period, provided that an official vaccination certificate is presented upon arrival and proof of a PCR test within 72 hours from the time of departure.

Visitors to Saudi Arabia are also required to register their data related to vaccination doses on the new dedicated portal.

Their data must also be registered through the “Tawakkalna” application, and shown to enter public places.

Those who are fully vaccinated are those who have received two vaccination doses of one of the approved vaccines in the Kingdom, which is Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson.

Tourism Minister Ahmed Al-Khatib said, “We welcome tourists again, and we are very happy to receive the Kingdom’s guests again after a pause due to the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic.”

He added: “We focused our efforts during this time on close cooperation with our partners in all sectors to ensure a safe return through which visitors to the Kingdom can enjoy exploring Saudi Arabia’s tourist destinations and landmarks.

The Kingdom had launched the tourist visa in September of the year 2019, in a historic decision in which Saudi Arabia opened its doors to tourists from different countries of the world.

At that time, it achieved remarkable numbers, as 400,000 visas were issued within 6 months, before the approval of the travel suspension and the closure of ports and borders due to the pandemic.

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