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Saudi Arabia kickstarts normal travel

September 17, 2020 | COVID-19, Immigration, Latest Thinking, News, Travel

In Saudi Arabia, the government’s grand plan for travel is for it to return to a complete normality, i.e without any limitations from 1st January 2021. As a means of kickstarting this programme of resuming unrestricted travel to and from Saudi Arabia, the travel restrictions related to the pandemic on arrivals and departures have been eased, albeit with certain conditions from Tuesday 15th September 2020. 

Passengers travelling to and from Saudi Arabia are advised to note the following changes to the COVID-19 travel restrictions:

  • Passengers wishing to travel to Saudi Arabia must hold a valid visa and obtain a COVID-19 test. This test must be conducted within 48 hours of arrival into Saudi Arabia, come from a legitimate laboratory overseas and reflect a negative result. 
  • Airlines now have permission to carry GCC passengers and non-Saudi citizens arriving to or departing from Saudi Arabia. This is on condition they hold a valid visa and a negative coronavirus test.  
  • All passengers will be subject to the health and safety controls associated with COVID-19 issued by the Saudi Arabian authorities.

Should you have any queries regarding the above information or if you require legal assistance with your visa application, please get in touch with a legal professional at Hudson McKenzie via email at or by telephone +44(0)20 3318 5794.