Coronavirus travel health
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Saudi Arabia on the TravelHealthPro website
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Entry and borders
See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Saudi Arabia.
Returning to the UK
Travelling from and returning to the UK
Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.
You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements. You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities. Tests are also available to residents via the government’s Sehhaty app.
Be prepared for your plans to change
No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
- can access money
- understand what your insurance will cover
- can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
Travel in Saudi Arabia
There are no restrictions on travel to and from airports and ports. All modes of public transport (taxis, buses, trains and others) are permitted to operate at full capacity. The Saudi authorities have announced that wearing a face mask in enclosed public places is mandatory.
For domestic flights, travellers must be vaccinated with two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine to be allowed to board the aircraft.
The Saudi authorities will keep this plan under review depending on the progress of the virus. You should monitor announcements issued by the Saudi Ministry of Health and Ministry of Interior for any updates. The Saudi authorities may implement localised lockdowns in response to the detection of infection clusters. If you are subject to a localised lockdown, follow the instructions of the authorities.
Relevant penalties for breaches of regulations can be found on the Ministry of Interior website (see page three of this document)
Hotels and private rentals are open and available to book. Hygiene measures are in place, including temperature checks on entry and hand sanitiser in public spaces.
Public spaces and services
The Ministry of Interior aannounced the lifting of restrictions from 5 March 2022.
Many public places have hygiene measures in place, including taking a temperature check and sanitising hands upon entry. You are required to show your health status on the Tawakkalna app before being allowed to enter. Wearing a face mask in enclosed public places is mandatory.
Healthcare in Saudi Arabia
Select hospitals have been designated to treat patients with coronavirus. The Ministry of Health has a dedicated call centre (937) available 24/7 for residents and citizens to utilise in case of any enquiries regarding coronavirus.
For contact details for doctors, visit our list of healthcare providers.
Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.
View Health for further details on healthcare in Saudi Arabia.
See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.
COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Saudi Arabia
Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country where they live. We will update this page when the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.
The Saudi Arabian national vaccination programme started in December 2020 and is currently using the Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines. British nationals with residency status in Saudi Arabia may register their interest in receiving a vaccine via the Sehatty app. Once confirmed eligible, they can then book their vaccination appointments through the app.
Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.
If you’re a British national living in Saudi Arabia, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.
If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.