Finally, a piece of good news for people who are aggressively waiting to travel to Saudi Arabia, the country has now recognized and approved the Covishield vaccine, which means Indians can now travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia without mandatory quarantine.
Following this announcement, Covishield, produced by the Serum Institute of India, joins the list of eight other approved vaccines including;
Covid-19 Vaccines Approved By Saudi Arabia For Travel
- Pfizer BioNTech
- Oxford AstraZeneca
- SK Bioscience
- Spikevax and
- Johnson & Johnson
Travelers who are fully vaccinated with Saudi-approved vaccines are able to enter the country without having to undergo institutional quarantine.
While entry into Saudi is still temporarily suspended for travelers coming or passing through India in the 14 days prior to their arrival into Saudi, the approval of Covishield is a positive development as Saudi prepares to open its borders to Indian tourists.
Indian travelers who have spent 14 days in a country that is not on the list of countries where entry is temporarily suspended immediately before entering Saudi are also permitted as long as they are fully immunized.
A negative PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours before departure is a mandatory requirement in all cases.