All visitors arriving in Saudi Arabia need to enter institutional quarantine for a period of 7 days

Saudi Arabia: All unvaccinated visitors coming from countries not facing ban need to go into institutional quarantine upon their arrival in Saudi Arabia as part of measures to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Kingdom, an official source said at the Ministry of Interior said on Monday in a statement carried by the SPA.

The move, which will come into force on May 20 (Thursday), makes it mandatory for all unvaccinated travelers to abide by institutional quarantine procedures for a period of 7 days and obtain a valid health insurance document to cover the risks of coronavirus.

The unvaccinated travelers also must undergo a PCR test for coronavirus on the 1st and 7th day of their arrival.

The measures exempt the following categories;

1* Citizens, citizens’ spouses, sons and daughters of citizens, and domestic workers accompanying any of the aforementioned groups.

2* Unvaccinated domestic workers accompanying a vaccinated resident.

3* Vaccinated travelers

4* Official delegations

5* Those holding diplomatic visas, diplomats and their families residing with them

6* Airline crew, sea crew

7* Truck drivers and their assistants from all ports

8* Those involved in health supply chains, according to the Ministry of Health.

In a circular sent to all airlines operating in the Kingdom, the GACA said that all unvaccinated travelers will have to bear expenses for their institutional quarantine, which will be included in their ticket price.

The civil aviation authority called on air carriers to ensure all travelers over the age of 8 barring Saudi citizens or other exempted groups must carry coronavirus test certificates approved in the Kingdom not exceeding 72 hours from the scheduled flight departure.

Meanwhile, non-Saudi travelers and the exempted groups who have received full doses of one of the vaccines approved by the Ministry of Health are allowed to enter the Kingdom without the need to quarantine themselves provided they present an official vaccination certificate before and upon their arrival, the GACA added in its statement.

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.

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