Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has made new concessions on travel rules for expats and visitors. The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation has issued instructions to airlines operating in the country. Accordingly, the current seven-day mandatory hotel quarantine will be reduced to five days for those coming from countries where there is no travel ban.
The hotel quarantine system applies to travelers who have not been vaccinated at all or who have only taken one vaccine approved in Saudi Arabia. Similarly, this provision applies to those who have taken two doses of the vaccine that are not approved by the World Health Organization, or those who have taken only one dose of the vaccine that is approved by the World Health Organization but not approved in Saudi Arabia. They have to produce a negative certificate of PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. In addition, each PCR test should be performed within 24 hours of entering the quarantine and on the fifth day of the quarantine. If the second Test is negative, the quarantine may end.
At the same time, a five-day home quarantine is sufficient for dependents under the age of 18 who arrive with passengers. However, they must undergo a PCR test on the fifth day. However, hotel quarantine is mandatory for dependents over the age of 18 who have not been vaccinated. Those who come to the country with only one dose of vaccine should get the second dose of vaccine immediately after the quarantine. Those who take two doses of synoform and synovac vaccines, which are not approved in the country, will have to take a third booster dose.
The Saudi General Authority for Civil Aviation (DGCA) has said that visitors who receive at least one dose of any of the vaccines approved in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to enter government and private offices, tourist attractions, malls and ceremonies in the country.