Saudi Arabia Imposed Ban On Citizens From Travelling To India And 15 Other Countries

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

Saudi citizens are recommended not to go to the following 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

Requirements for Saudi citizens to travel outside the Kingdom

Last week, the General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) also highlighted that Saudi Citizens who wish to travel to non-Arab nations must have a passport that is valid for longer than six months. In a statement on its Twitter account, the Jawazat explained the rules for Saudis travelling overseas.

According to the statement, the passport should be valid for at least three months before flying to Arab countries. Citizens who travel to other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states must have a national ID card that is valid for more than three months.

The Jawazat emphasised that the soft copy of the national ID on Absher and Tawakkalna applications is insufficient for travel to GCC countries.

The original ID card and family registry, as well as documentation of dependents within the Kingdom whose holders are unable to go to the Gulf countries, are required for travel.

The Jawazat emphasised that the health criteria of Saudis travelling outside the Kingdom include receiving three doses of coronavirus vaccine or not having passed three months after taking the second dose of the vaccine.

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Exemptions will be granted to those groups who have been granted an exception on medical grounds, according to the status of the Tawakkalna application.

According to the Jawazat, those between the ages of 16 and 12 require two doses of the vaccination.

Those under the age of 12 are required to carry coronavirus insurance coverage with them when travelling outside of the Kingdom.


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