Saudi Arabia Lifts Travel Ban On UAE and 2 Other Countries Starting Sep 08


As per the report of Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Saudi Arabia has decided to lift the travel ban on United Arab Emirates (UAE), South Africa, and Argentina effective from 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

The Ministry of Interior said on Tuesday that it had decided to lift the suspension of entry to the kingdom from these countries through the land, sea, and airports which Saudi citizens will also be allowed to visit these countries.


The decision comes on the basis of the report submitted by the competent health authorities about the stable coronavirus pandemic situation in these countries.

According to the source, all procedures and measures are subject to continuous evaluation by the competent health authorities in the Kingdom, according to the developments in the epidemiological situation in the world.


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With this announcement, the number of countries facing a travel ban came down to 10 and they are;

  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Indonesia
  • Egypt
  • Turkey
  • Brazil
  • Ethiopia
  • Vietnam
  • Afghanistan
  • Lebanon

It must be noted that on 24th Aug. 2021, the ministry had issued directives to permit direct entry of fully vaccinated expatriates from countries facing travel ban.

This decision applies only to those foreigners who have a legitimate residency permit (iqama) and left the kingdom on exit and re-entry visas after taking two doses of vaccine against coronavirus from Saudi Arabia.


The authorities had allowed earlier direct entry to Saudi citizens, as well as to foreign diplomats, health practitioners, and their families from the countries facing travel ban.

All other segments are required to spend 14-day quarantine in a third country before they enter the kingdom.

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