Saudi Arabia: Ban On Entry of Visit Visa Holders At 4 Airports From June 9

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According to a media report, holders of all types of Saudi Arabia visit visas will be barred from entering the Kingdom at four airports beginning June 9.

Jeddah, Madinah, Yanbu, and Taif airports were among the four Saudi airports. The reason for this restriction is related to the hajj.

  • King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED)
  • Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport (MED)
  • Yanbu Airport (YNB)
  • Taif International Airport (TIF)

All visit visa holders, however, are permitted to enter the Kingdom through Riyadh International Airport (RUH).

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) published a circular stating that the restriction will be in effect until the 10th of Dhul-Hijjah 1443 AH, which corresponds to July 9, 2022.

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Ban on visit visa holders at 4 Saudi airports

Saudia, the state-owned airline, published a circular to tourism and travel agencies and informed them about the ban on the entry of Visit visa holders.

“The holders of all kinds of visit visa will not be allowed to enter the Kingdom via the four airports, which have been designated for only holders of Hajj permits from inside and outside the Kingdom during the one-month period, as it corresponds to the Hajj season.” 

The airline also specified in the circular that holders of visit visas to the Kingdom must have round-trip tickets, with arrival and departure via Riyadh airport.

Ban on Saudi citizens from travelling to 16 countries

Recently, Saudi Arabia has also imposed a ban on its citizens from travelling to 16 countries including India.

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According to the General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat), Saudi residents have been barred from travelling to the below 16 countries owing to COVID-19 situations in those countries.

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Armenia
  3. Belarus
  4. Ethiopia
  5. India
  6. Indonesia
  7. Iran
  8. Lebanon
  9. Libya
  10. Somalia
  11. Syria
  12. The Democratic Republic of the Congo
  13. Turkey
  14. Venezuela
  15. Vietnam
  16. Yemen

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