The Saudi Arabian government has ended its COVID-19 testing and quarantine entry requirements and lifted its suspension of direct flights from certain countries.

Key Points:

  • As of March 5, individuals traveling to Saudi Arabia will no longer be required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine upon arrival. Individuals must still submit proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 through the Quddum platform to enter the country.
  • Saudi authorities have lifted a ban on direct flights from Afghanistan, Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Additional Information: Foreign nationals under the age of 12 are exempt from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Foreign nationals who hold a Visit Visa are required to have health insurance that covers COVID-related health issues to be able to enter the country.

BAL Analysis: The response to COVID-19 continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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