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Saudi Arabia opens its doors for vaccinated tourists from August 1

Planning a trip to Saudi Arabia? Not unless you’re fully vaccinated…

Visitors to Saudi Arabia who have been fully vaccinated can enter the Kingdom without the need for an institutional quarantine period.

This is provided that a vaccination certificate and proof of negative PCR tests conducted within 72 hours from the time of departure are presented.

In a statement by the Saudi Press Agency, starting from Sunday, August 1, international visitors from 49 eligible countries will be allowed entry as long as they meet the criteria.

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

Visitors to the Kingdom must also register their data related to their vaccination doses on the new electronic portal, in addition to registering on the Tawakkalna application.

The Kingdom has upgraded the Tawakkalna application to accommodate travellers, allowing temporary visitors to register with their passport details. The app is required to enter many public places, including shopping malls, cinemas, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

Minister of Tourism 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 with our partners in all sectors to ensure a safe return through which visitors can enjoy exploring its treasures, important destinations and landmarks, and unique tourist experiences, and learn about the culture of generosity and hospitality that characterises Saudi society.”

All visitors must observe all precautionary measures approved by the Ministry of Health, including wearing a face mask in public and maintaining physical distancing.

To obtain a tourist visa, you can apply through the VisitSaudi.com

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