by kahaf | May 30, 2021 | Uncategorized
Last updated: 23 May 2021, 16:51 (GMT +4)
Travel to Saudi Arabia
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
All non‑Saudis, except children 8 years 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 to the Kingdom and the test validity is from the time the sample was taken.
Saudi nationals, diplomats, health practitioners and their families coming from the below list of countries or transiting in any of these countries within (14) days prior to their return to Kingdom shall be quarantined in their homes for a period of (7) days in the kingdom. Passengers in this category must undergo a COVID‑19 PCR test on day 6 of quarantine.
Argentina, United Arab Emirates, Germany, United States of America, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Pakistan, Brazil, Portugal, United Kingdom, Turkey, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Lebanon, Egypt, India and Japan
Effective 20 May 2021, passengers arriving from non‑restricted countries must have medical insurance with cover for COVID‑19 treatment, and must undergo institutional quarantine at their expense.
Institutional quarantine exemptions are applicable for the following passenger categories under the specified conditions:
Vaccinated Saudi Nationals or residents:
if their status is “immune” on Tawakklna app after completing the required vaccination
if 14 days have passed since the first dose was received
if a previously infected passenger has recovered from COVID‑19 within a period not exceeding 6 months
Non‑residents and first‑time visitors:
If 14 days have passed since they received all doses of an authorised vaccine
Authorised vaccines by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health:
Two doses of Pfizer
Two doses of Oxford‑AstraZeneca
Two doses of Moderna
One doses of Johnson & Johnson
Passengers must present a certificate of vaccination that mentions the validity period.
Please check the list of Institutional Quarantine Licensed Accommodation facilities in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia by Ministry of Tourism.
All passengers must complete the health disclaimer form provided on board and present it on arrival to the Airport Health Control Centre.
Vaccinated passengers must fill out the online Registration Immunization Information Form before traveling to the Saudi Arabia. Passengers will be able to use the TAWAKKALNA App once their data has been registered. This does not apply to Saudi Citizens and exempted categories as mentioned above under the “Quarantine” section.
Entry into the Kingdom is temporarily suspended for passengers coming from Argentina, United Arab Emirates, Germany, United States of America, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Pakistan, Brazil, Portugal, United Kingdom, Turkey, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Lebanon, Egypt, India and Japan. This includes those coming from other countries if they have passed through any of aforementioned countries during (14) days preceding the request to enter to the Kingdom.
This does not apply to Saudi Nationals, Saudi family members and their accompanying workers who have been in the suspended countries, diplomats, health practitioners and their families.
All passengers who are exempted from the above entry regulations must have completed the required doses of the vaccine. Otherwise, they must present proof of booking for a 7‑day institutional quarantine at an approved facility to be accepted for travel.
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.
Travel from Saudi Arabia
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.
Passengers must carry the prescribed documents as per the regulations of their destination.
Please refer to the Ministry of Health website for the list of authorised COVID‑19 PCR testing centres in Saudi Arabia.
Travelling to, from and through Dubai
If you’re travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.
by kahaf | May 29, 2021 | Saudi Arabia, Uncategorized
DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior said it will re-allow visitors from 11 countries which were put on the red list earlier, state news agency SPA reported on Saturday.
The list of re allowing countries include the UAE ( Dubai,Sharjah,Abhu dhabi), German, USA, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan and France.
The authorities moved them off the red list due the countries’ efforts to control the coronavirus pandemic.
All international passengers arriving in Saudi Arabia must undergo seven days of institutional quarantine at their own expense, starting from the time of arrival at quarantine facilities in the Kingdom.
They must take a PCR test on the seventh day of arrival, and if the result is negative, they are permitted to leave quarantine the next day.
The countries include the UAE, Germany, USA, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan and France
by kahaf | May 29, 2021 | HAJJ, Uncategorized
Saudi Arabia is all set for welcoming Pilgrims for Hajj 2021. Due to pandemic, several stringent measures are being laid in place to contain the spread of infection during the annual Islamic pilgrimage.
Hajj and Umrah Ministry said that Hajj 2021 will go ahead this year with all necessary health and security measures .Standard regulations will be in place to safeguard the health and well-being of the Haj pilgrims.
Hajj pilgrimage comes as under the jurisdiction of Saudi Arabia. 2 doses of covid vaccine approved by the governance of Saudi Arabia is mandatory for anyone wanting to step foot into the country.Approved vaccinations are Pfizer, Astrazeneca, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson’s are the only vaccines considered valid here. This year they have decided to allow 60,000 pilgrims only. However, they haven’t approved the vaccines manufactured in India and China.
Pakistan has requested the Saudi authorities to add Chinese vaccines Sinopharm and Sinovac in the approved list as majority of Pakistanis are administered Chinese jabs. Meanwhile, Malaysia has begun vaccination drive for Hajj pilgrims separately.
In Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur media reported that those selected for Haj this year, will be given Pfizer-BioTech and AstraZeneca vaccines as they have been approved by Saudi Arabia.
Terms & Conditions for haj 2021 laid by Saudi Arabia for Hajj pilgrimage:
1. People under the age of 18 and above 60 years won’t be eligible
2. Pilgrims must have completed both doses of covid vaccine before starting for Hajj and pilgrims of foreign origin should have taken Saudi approved vaccines.
3. A negative PCR test conducted 40 hours before dispatching to the area of pilgrimage in Saudi-approved laboratories is another condition announced by Riyadh.
4. Hajj pilgrimage should be done by following strict health protocols and guidelines.
5. The pilgrim shouldn’t have a history of sickness or hospitalization prior to 6 months from the date of travel.
Last year, Saudi Arabia allowed very few pilgrims for Hajj. Hajj is Mandatory for those who can afford charges & is one of the five pillars of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime. Only around 10,000 residents of Saudi Arabia were allowed last year. On the contrary in 2019, 2.5 million Muslims from around the world had taken Hajj pilgrimage.
by kahaf | May 28, 2021 | Saudi Quarantine PAckage- Philipiness Airline
Saudi Institutional Quarantine Packages for Philippine Airline PAL Passengers
Philippine Airline PAL Passengers who wish to avail of complete institutional quarantine packages (including a 7-day institutional quarantine hotel reservation, full board meals, airport-hotel transfers, medical insurance, 2 RT-PCR tests upon arrival, etc.) may contact our PAL GSAs in KSA:
View available institutional quarantine packages
*PAL passengers are required to book their institutional quarantine packages with PAL’s accredited travel partners. Otherwise, passengers might not be accepted in the flight.
Institutional quarantine packages must be booked and paid 96 hours before arrival into KSA. Bookings and settlement of payment will be done directly to the packagers mentioned above.
COVID-19 Health Requirements
Passengers are reminded of the new and additional travel guidelines set by The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of all its international passengers.
All arriving passengers, except children under the age of eight are required to:
– Provide a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result from a verified laboratory conducted no later than (72) hours before the scheduled departure to KSA;
– A PRINTED Certificate from a verified lab must include: passenger’s name, passport number or ID which verifies that the passenger tested negative within 72 hours before scheduled the scheduled time of departure.
Effective May 20, 2021, Passengers shall also be required to:
– Obtain, at their own expense, a medical insurance or a present a medical card (for returning residents) that covers the risk of COVID-19 infection;
– Undergo, at their own expense, institutional quarantine for 7 days from the time of arrival at an institutional quarantine facility licensed by the Ministry of Tourism and;
– Take a COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test on the first (1st) day of arrival (within 24 hours of arrival) and on the seventh (7th) day to confirm there are no symptoms before checking out of the institutional quarantine facility.
The following passengers are exempt from institutional quarantine:
A. Immune Passengers exempt from institutional quarantine:
a. Saudi citizens or residents, whose status shows “immune” in the Tawakkalna (COVID-19 KSA) application by completing their vaccinations against COVID-19, those who have passed 14 days after their first dose, or those who have recovered from COVID-19 in a period not exceeding 6 months;
If Tawakkalna app is offline, passengers may validate their vaccination status by registering online through this link: https://muqeem.sa/#/vaccine-registration/home.
b. Non-residents and first-time visitors who have completed 14 days since receiving all doses of the vaccination by an authorized vaccine by KSA, while providing a certificate or proof in accordance with the requirements set by the Ministry of Health (MOH). Vaccine certificate must have an official stamp/seal or a QR Code from official health authorities or from their local government unit that provided the vaccine.
The following are the authorized vaccines by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:
Pfizer Biontech Vaccine (2 doses)
Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine (2 doses)
Moderna Vaccine (2 doses)
Johnson Vaccine (1 dose)
The duration between receiving the last dose (the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or the first dose of a single-dose vaccine) should not be less than 14 days before traveling to KSA.
Passengers must provide a vaccine certificate certified by official health authorities from the country that provided the vaccination. They should keep their vaccine certificates at all times during their stay in KSA.
All ‘Immunized Travelers’ must register their vaccination status before their arriving in KSA. Passengers may register through: https://muqeem.sa/#/vaccine-registration/home
B. Non-immune Passengers exempt from institutional quarantine are:
a. Saudi citizens, citizen spouses, citizen children and domestic workers accompanying any individuals mentioned in these categories. (Non-immune travelers, in this category, shall comply with home quarantine for a period of 7 days, and take a PCR on the 6th day of quarantine)
b. Non-immune domestic workers accompanying an immune resident. ((Non-immune travelers, in this category, shall comply with home quarantine for a period of 7 days, and take a PCR on the 6th day of quarantine)
c.Immune travelers, (and their companions under the age of 18 years of citizens and residents. Non-immune travelers, in this category, shall comply with home quarantine for a period of 7 days, and take a PCR on the 6th day of quarantine)
d.Those holding a diplomatic visa, diplomats and their residing families, on the basis that they adhere to the quarantine procedure by staying in their homes in accordance to the MOH approved requlations.
f.Those involved in health supply chain, according to Ministry of Health (KSA Government Health Worker).
– Passengers who test positive for COVID-19 shall undergo isolation for a period of 10 to 14 days, depending on the state of recovery for those whose health status does not require hospitalization. Those who require treatment shall be referred to a hospital if necessary. The required medical insurance should cover the cost for their treatment of COVID-19.
– Please be reminded that the procedures and services from the time of your arrival and in the institutional quarantine facility (transportation, accommodation, meals, PCR test, etc.) where you will quarantine will be at your own expense.
– Failure to comply with these travel requirements and regulations may result to non-acceptance to the flight and makes traveler subject to legal liabilities in addition to being banned from entry to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
With reference to Article 23 of the Civil Aviation Act, effective May 17, 2021, 01:00AM (Saudi Local Time):
– Allow to transport all vaccinated Saudi citizens who received (2) doses of the (COVID-19) vaccine, and who received (1) dose on the condition that 14 days of their 1st vaccination has passed which matched the status on the Tawakkalna app.
– Allow to transport recovered citizens from (COVID-19) on the condition that 6 months from their (COVID-19) infection has not passed, which matches the status on the Tawakkalna app.
– Allow to transport citizens who are younger than the age of 18, on the condition that they provide an insurance policy approved by the Saudi Central Bank, which covers the treatments of (COVID-19) abroad, according to what instructions the concerned entities declare.
All Non-Saudis must submit a negative result (PCR) test from a verified laboratory, and it must be done no later than (72) hours before the scheduled departure to KSA.
All non‑Saudis, except children 8 years and below, must present a negative RT-PCR test result issued by a verified laboratory.
PRINTED Certificate from a verified lab with the passenger’s name, passport number or ID which verifies that the passenger tested negative within 72 hours before STD.
Passengers must be tested at a government-accredited COVID-19 health facility: https://doh.gov.ph/licensed-covid-19-testing-laboratories
Lifting the suspension of all international flights and travel to the Kingdom:
– The transport of non-Saudi citizen travelers to the KSA coming from the United Kingdom, South Africa as well as from any other country being specified by the competent health authorities, in which the new variant of the new coronavirus (B117) is spread, shall spend no less than 14 days outside the country in which the new coronavirus variant (B117) is spread before entering KSA, with a PCR examination after the expiration of this period, proving that the passenger is COVID-19 infection-free.
Allowing non-Saudis to leave the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
– Effective December 27, 2020, airlines are permitted to carry non-Saudi passengers outside the Kingdom, taking into account precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19
– This does not include the countries where the new strain of COVID-19 has appeared, according to what is decided by the competent health authority.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Saudi has decided to remove the travel ban for inbound / outbound movement starting September 15, 2020, with precaution and requirements. Specifically:
– GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) citizens are permitted to travel to/from the Kingdom.
– Non-Saudi passengers holding a valid visa (Exit/Entry, Residence [Iqamah], and Visit) are permitted to travel to/from the Kingdom.
Expired exit re-entry visas are no longer acceptable because K.S.A already extended all expired exit re-entry visas online till 20 August 2020.
Health practitioners in India and their families are exempt from the suspension of travel to / from countries where COVID-19 has outbreak.
Passengers who have official government invitations are excluded from above.
Temporarily suspending entry into the kingdom for passengers coming from (Argentina, United Arab Emirates, Germany, USA, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Pakistan, Brazil, Portugal, United Kingdom, Turkey, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Lebanon, Egypt, India, Japan) and it included those coming from other countries if they have passed through any aforementioned countries during (14) days preceding the request to enter the Kingdom. This does not apply to Saudi Citizens, diplomats, health practitioners and their families.
Approval of lifting the suspension for Saudi citizen’s travel outside the Kingdom – GACA Document No. 4/67566 (May 18, 2021)
– Saudi citizens are to travel to the Kingdom of Bahrain according to the following conditions:
Passengers must be over the age of 18 years old
The health status in Tawakkalna application must be immune, completed the COVID-19 vaccine doses or a recovered immune, and this does not include those vaccinated with a single dose.
Exception applies to those holding diplomatic bias, diplomats and their accompaniers, official delegations, Cabin crew, and those associated with health supply chains.
Failure to comply with the circular of issued by GACA is an explicit violation of government orders, and legal procedures will be applied in the violator and will be held responsible.
by kahaf | May 19, 2021 | Saudi Arabia, Uncategorized
Last updated: 18 May 2021, Saudi Arabia Time.
FLIGHTS FROM / TO SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Arabia Travel Guidlines & Updated Institutional Quarantine Process
If you are flying from / to The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, you are kindly requested by health authorities in Saudi Arabia to follow health guidance below to keep you protected when you travel with SAUDIA.
- Continuing the suspension of travel for Saudi Citizens to the following countries:
“Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iran, Turkey, Armenia, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Belarus, the Republic of India and any country where the pandemic remains unstable”.
- Allowing Saudi Citizens to travel to the Kingdom of Bahrain according to the following conditions:
– Passengers must be over the age of (18) years, The health status in Tawakkalna must be IMMUNE, completed the COVID-19 vaccine doses or a recovered immune. This does not apply to those vaccinated with a single dose.
– Exception applies to those holding diplomatic visa, diplomats and their accompaniers, official delegations, cabin crews and those associated with health supply chains.
- Starting from 01:00 AM on 17 May 2021, the following conditions will be applicable to Saudi Citizens traveling abroad :
- Saudi Citizens should have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, or have received one dose on the condition that (14) fourteen days has passed from the day of their first vaccine dose which matches the status on Tawakkalna APP.
- Saudi Citizens who had recovered from COVID-19 on the condition that (6) six months had not passed from their infection which matches the status on Tawakkalna APP.
- Saudi Citizens who are younger than the age of (18) eighteen years on the condition that they provide an insurance policy approved by the Saudi Central Bank which covers the treatments of COVID-19 abroad according to the instructions as established by the concerned entities.
- Non-Saudi nationals holding Tourist Visas are not allowed to enter the Kingdom during COVID-19 pandemic.
- Travelling with ID has been suspended for GCC citizens.
- All arriving guests including the members of diplomatic missions accredited in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and their families (except Saudi citizens and children below 8 years of age) must provide negative PCR test certificate issued from a verified laboratory does not exceed (72) hours from the time the test is undertaken until departing to the kingdom, and guests who did not provide the certificate will be denied from boarding the airplane.
- All guests, except passengers under the age of (8) years, to undergo two PCR Tests, within (24) hours of arrival and on 7th day of arrival. If the result is negative, they are permitted to leave quarantine on the 8th day.
- All guests travellers who intend visiting the Kingdom (excluding Citizens, Residents and GCC Citizens) must have medical insurance that covers the costs of COVID-19 treatment in outpatient clinics, emergencies and hospitals, including the institutional quarantine for a period of (14) days.
- All guests must obtain and show a prof of vaccination (vaccine certificates for COVID 19) with one of the flowing vaccines:
• 2 doses of Pfizer BioNTech
• 2 doses of Oxford AstraZeneca
• 2 doses of Moderna
• 1 dose of Johnson Johnson s Janssen
- Vaccine certificates are required to be certified by official health authorities from the country that provided the vaccination for incoming passengers, and the duration between receiving the last dose (the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or the first dose of a single dose vaccine) should not be less than 14 days before traveling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Guests must carry their vaccine certificates at all times during their stay in the kingdom (Or prove of health status through applications and accredited programs in the kingdom) Failure to comply with these regulations makes travellers subject to legal liabilities .in addition to being denied.
- All international travellers’ guests arriving to Saudi Arabia must complete a period of (7 days) of institutional quarantine at their own expense starting from the time of arrival at the institutional quarantine facilities to the Kingdom. The following categories are exempted from the institutional quarantine:
• Saudi citizens, citizen spouses, citizen s children and domestic workers accompanying any of individuals mentioned in these categories.
Non immune travellers, in this category, shall comply with home quarantine for a period of 7 days, and be allowed to take the COVID 19 PCR test starting on the 6TH day of quarantine.
• Non immune domestic workers accompanying an immune resident Non immune travellers shall comply with home quarantine for a period of 7 days, and be allowed to take the COVID 19 PCR test starting on the 6TH day of quarantine
• Immune travellers as follows:
– For citizens or residents: whose status shows in (Tawaklna) application by completing their vaccinations against (COVID-19) those who have passed 14 days after their first dose or those who have recovered from (COVID-19) in a period not exceeding 6 months.
– For non-residents and first time visitors : Who have completed 14 days since receiving all doses of the vaccination (by an authorized vaccine by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), while providing a certificate or proof in accordance with the requirements set by the Ministry of Health.
• Those holding a diplomatic visa, diplomats and their residing families, on the basis that they adhere to the quarantine procedures by staying in their homes in accordance to the minatory of health (MOH) approved regulations.
• Cabin Crews
• Those involved in health supply chains, according to MOH
- All Guests must take a PCR test on the 7th day of arrival If the result is negative, they are permitted to leave quarantine on the 8th day.
- The list of the institutional quarantine facilities licensed by the Ministry of Tourism are available
- Above points not applied on countries that suspended from traveling to/from the kingdom in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as decided by the competent committee as a result of COVID-19 outbreak in these countries.
- Temporarily suspending entry into the Kingdom for all guests coming or passed from (Argentina, United Arab Emirates, Germany, United States of America, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Pakistan, Brazil, Portugal, United Kingdom, Turkey, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Lebanon, Egypt, India, Japan) and same applies to those who are coming from other countries if they have passed through any of the aforementioned countries during (14) days preceding their entry to the Kingdom. ( Except Saudi Citizens and their families and accompanying workers , Diplomats, Health Practitioners and their families. Also, they must undergo for self-quarantine as mentioned below and providing a negative result of (PCR) test certificate for Non-Saudi nationals over eight years old.
- Family members of Health Practitioners are allowed to travel to the Kingdom from the suspended countries stated in above point #12 without the need to be accompanied by the Health Practitioner and without the need to spend (14) days out of the suspended countries.
- All guests will undergo for self-quarantine as following :
- All guests arriving from countries (Argentina, United Arab Emirates, Germany, United States of America, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Pakistan, Brazil, Portugal, United Kingdom, Turkey, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Lebanon, Egypt, India, Japan) shall be quarantined in their homes for a period of (14) days.
- All guests arriving from countries in which cases of the strain of the new Corona Virus (B.1,1,7) were registered shall be quarantined in their homes for a period of (7) days.
- All guests who are arriving from the rest of other countries, the (7) days mandatory home quarantine shall be applied or (3) days at least with mandatory laboratory PCR exam.
- All guests must download and register on Tatamman and Tawakkalna Applications.
- Guests must assign home location Through Tatamman app within 8 hours of arrival.
- Guests most monitor COVID-19 symptoms, and immediately call 937 if any symptoms appeared or go to primary healthcare center or emergency if necessary.
- Guests must do daily health assessment in Tatamman app.
- Guests must follow precautionary procedures during self-quarantine at home as stated in the Health Disclaimer Form.
- Non-Saudi Citizens being family members (husband, wife or children) of Saudi Citizens or home workers (driver or domestic worker) of Saudi Citizens are allowed to enter the Kingdom directly if travelling with the Saudi Citizens and without the need to spend no less than (14) days outside the country in which the new strain of Corona Virus is spread but still need to provide a negative PCR test certificate issued from a verified laboratory does not exceed (72) hours from the time the test is undertaken until departing to the kingdom.
- Allow Saudi Woman who is married to Non-Saudi Man to travel to/from Saudi Arabia accompanied by her husband or joining her husband abroad by providing marriage document.
- Allow Saudi Men who are married to Non-Saudi Women who happen to be residing abroad to travel to/from Saudi Arabia to their wives by providing marriage document.
- Traveling abroad from UK :
- All guests traveling abroad from the UK must complete the Travel Declaration Form before their travel via the link here to confirm that they are legally allowed to travel abroad from UK.
- All guests must follow the rules & guidance of the UK lockdown, please check the “Stay at Home” restrictions via the link here.
01 Is institutional quarantine is needed for Passenger Travelling through Bahrain Cause way ?
Answe : No, its not needed for traveller who is already spending 14 days Quarantine in Bahrain,Home Quarantine Needed.
02 Institutional quarantine package for those ?
- Quarantine packages are subject to guest holding a valid SAUDIA TICKET PNR, reservation can only be availed if the air ticket was booked through SAUDIA, Or Registered Saudi Airlines Agency.
- Guests must check their eligibility for travel by the concerned countries and obtain the required permits and/or permissions, if needed.
- Conditions and guidelines are subject to frequent changes without prior notice.
- Guests must check the latest information about the conditions and guidelines required for travel from the official and authorized sources before traveling.
- Guests will obtain 2 Covid tests on entry and before exit.
- Please ensure you read and understood the terms and conditions as all packages are non-refundable. Please read the terms here.
by kahaf | May 16, 2021 | Saudi Arabia, Uncategorized
Manama, May 15th May 2021 (BNA): King Fahd Causeway Authority (KFCA) has finalised all preparations to receive passengers crossing the bridge linking to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Bahrain.
“All equipment has been completed as part of a development plan which began ever since the movement was halted due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19”, it said in a statement today.
Preparations were in full swing after Saudi Arabia issued a statement lifting the ban on citizens to travel abroad and announced the reopening of the land, sea and air borders, starting, from Monday (May17 – Shawwal 5).
KFCA Chief Executive Officer Emad Al Muhaisan praised Saudi and Bahraini leaderships for their keenness on citizens and residents’ health and safety & imposing mandatory precautionary measures to combat the pandemic and curb infections.
He said that decision to lift the ban on travelling between the two countries will contribute to the re-establishment of social ties and the strengthening of economic activities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Bahrain.
He announced that the levels of readiness will be raised to the highest degree by opening all causeway lanes, adding that competent authorities in both countries will apply the regulations and requirements stipulated by the health authorities for the departure and arrival of all travelers.
In a statement today, he said that the permission to leave Saudi Arabia would be restricted to vaccinated passengers and those who have recovered as shown in the (Tawakkalna) application or a Corona insurance certificate for those under the age of 18 years.
And for passengers heading from Bahrain to Saudi Arabia, they will be required to carry any of the health applications approved in the GCC countries, which confirm whether they are vaccinated of have recovered from the virus as shown in the “Tawakkalna” application or the approved applications in the GCC countries.
All Passengers can also show PCR certificates which should not exceed a period of (72) from the time of taking the sample.
He said that the National Medical Taskforce For Combating COVID-19 in the Kingdom of Bahrain had announced the precautionary measures from the first day of Eid Al Fitr, cancelling the arrival COVID-19 tests.
Passengers will be required to display the green logo of the vaccinated and recovered in the official applications approved for them, or submit vaccination and recovery certificates issued by the ministries of health in the GCC countries without the need to apply a precautionary quarantine.
Decision to cancel the COVID-19 tests does not apply to the age groups between 6-17 years and those who are not vaccinated or have not recovered from the virus.
Passengers coming to Saudi Arabia will not be subjected for now to additional procedures for Saudis, while travelers from other nationalities are required to have PCR certificates not exceeding the period of (72) hours from the time the sample is taken, or any further requirements that are added by the competent authorities.
KFCA Chief Executive Officer Al Muhaisan stressed the importance of following up on updated requirements issued by the official authorities in both countries.
He urged passengers to adhere to all the precautions and restrictions to avoid any problems or difficulties that may face them, stressing the necessity of complying with preventive measures to ensure their safety of travelers.
For further Details and booking of Bahrain Quarantine Package,Please click the below link.
by kahaf | May 12, 2021 | Saudi Arabia, Uncategorized
Foreign citizens arriving in Saudi Arabia must quarantine for a week in government-approved accommodation starting May 20 to combat the spread of COVID-19, the Saudi civil aviation authority (GACA) said on Monday.
As the kingdom reopens, exempted individuals such as Saudi citizens, flight crews and diplomats will have to quarantine at home unless they are vaccinated, state news agency SPA said, citing an interior ministry official.
Airlines are required to contract accommodation approved by the tourism ministry to house people in quarantine. The cost will be added to airfare.
Fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine if they present a vaccination certificate.
Non-Saudi travelers over 8 years old must show a negative PCR COVID-19 test result less than 72 hours old.
The authority obligated air carriers to sign contracts with accommodation facilities approved by the Ministry of Tourism to accommodate travelers who meet the conditions of institutional quarantine for a period of 7 days.
by kahaf | May 9, 2021 | Uncategorized
MAKKAH — Saudi Arabia has announced on Sunday the Hajj will be held this year following health and safety requirements due to the pandemic.
The Hajj and Umrah Ministry said in a statement that Hajj will go ahead this year with all the health, security and regulatory standards and regulations in place in order to preserve the health and well being of the pilgrims.
“Health authorities in the Kingdom continue to assess the situation and are taking all measures to ensure the safety of all,” the spokesman said during a press conference.
He also said further details on the operational plans for this year’s Hajj will be announced “at a later time.” Last year, the Kingdom only allowed a limited number of those livin in the country and who met certain criteria to participate in the Hajj pilgrimage, which is one of the five pillars of Islam and required for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime
Those who managed to secure a spot were randomly selected through an automated raffle system, with no human involvement, according to the Minister of Hajj and Umrah.
The group was required to self isolate at home seven days prior to arriving in Mecca, as part of the requirements to participate in the Haj pilgrimage 2021.
The participants were then Quarantined in the designated hotel until the start of the rituals.
The Haj pilgrims were transported in assigned groups daily while every 50 individuals were accompanied by a health leader to ensure safety measures,including wearing a mask & social distancing,were implemented at all times.
by kahaf | May 9, 2021 | Uncategorized
RIYADH — The Deputy Ministry of Tourism Princess Haifa Al-Saud, said that Saudi Arabia is preparing to receive foreign tourists starting from May 17.
Attending a television program titled “Direct Question,” she said that as many as 93 new companies have entered the Kingdoms’ tourism market and the government has provided SR120 billion as incentives for the sector to counter the effects of coronavirus, noting that the volume of domestic spending on tourism jumped 33 percent over the past summer.
Princess Haifa said that Kingdom’s tourism sector started receiving foreign tourists in 2019. “However, during the coronavirus pandemic, our first task was the safety and security of citizens and expatriates in Saudi Arabia, and we were able to provide the vaccine and reached a stage that enabled us to open the land and airports.”
Referring to Saudi Arabia’s targets for the tourism sector, Princess Haifa said: “In 2018, the contribution of the tourism sector to the gross domestic product (GDP) was 3.2 percent, which is equal to SR147 billion of the volume of spending, and in 2019 it amounted to SR169 billion, with an increase of 3.5 percent. In 2020, the volume of spending dropped to SR63 billion due to coronavirus-related procedures, resulting in a sharp drop in the number of pilgrims.”
According to Princess Haifa, the tourism sector’s contribution to GDP at the global level is 7.9 percent and it ranges between 10 and 12 percent in the countries which attract the largest number of tourists.
Saudi Arabia is expected to reach the global rates by 2030, with several major tourism projects are underway and whose results will come out in the near future.
“The volume of foreign investments in the tourism sector is SR30 billion, and a total of 50,000 new hotel rooms will be operational within two years. The first phase of the tourism strategy targets eight destinations and this will contribute to creating new jobs,” she said adding that the government’s priority is to empower Saudi men and women who possess many skills to work in tourism,” she said.
Princess Haifa said the percentage of women working in the tourism sector reached 11 percent.
“The tourism sector seeks to improve the quality of services and to overcome obstacles facing the Saudi investor, as 40 percent of complaints last summer related to prices and quality, and the percentage of complaints dropped to about 10 percent in the winter season,” she added.
by kahaf | May 8, 2021 | Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj & Umrah announced guidelines for issuing Umrah & prayer permits for the month of Ramadan. Vaccinations are at the top of priority list, No worshippers will allowed into either Makkah’s Grand Mosque or the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah without having received at least minimum one dose of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.
Additionally, Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah & Guidance has highlighted the need to follow all precautionary measures to ensure the safety, health & security of those visiting the two holy mosques. Millions of worshippers have visited the mosques while wearing masks and maintaining physical distance since a seven-month suspension of prayers and Umrah was lifted last October.
An estimated 1.5 million worshippers have been to the Grand Mosque in the first 10 days of Ramadan alone. Exclusive interview with Arab News, Dr. Amr Al-Maddah, deputy minister for Hajj and Umrah services at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, answered all possible questions of pilgrims and worshippers who wish to perform the Islamic ritual this Ramadan.
All foreigners Traveller who come to Saudi Arabia on Umrah, visit and tourism visas must have insurance coverage against the risks of coronavirus infection.
The Saudi Central Bank and the Council of Cooperative Health Insurance announced on Sunday the need for updating the insurance policy format in this regard by adding coverage for the risks of coronavirus infection.
The addition of this condition aims to provide healthcare services for non-Saudis coming from outside the Kingdom for tourism, visit, and Umrah purposes in the event of their infection with the virus.
This is in order to ensure the safety of everyone, as well as to ensure quick and easy access to treatment services.
The insurance coverage includes the costs of treating the infected people; the costs of quarantine procedures for the infected, and the medical evacuation in cases of emergency.