Saudi Arabia opens to vaccinated tourists from August 1

The UK announces 'No quarantine' for vaccinated travelers from Saudi Arabia.

RIYADH — Tourists that are fully vaccinated can enter Saudi Arabia without entering an institutional quarantine provided if they present vaccination certificates upon arrival and proof of negative PCR tests conducted within 72 hours from the time of departure.

The Ministry of Tourism announced that the Kingdom would open its doors to tourists and lift the suspension of entry for tourist visa holders, starting Sunday, August 1.

Visitors to the Kingdom are also required to register their vaccination data at https://muqeem.sa/#/vaccine-registration/home and are required to enter public places.

The Kingdom has upgraded its “Tawakkalna” application to accommodate travelers, allowing temporary visitors to register with their passport details. The app is required to enter many public places in Saudi Arabia, including shopping malls, cinemas, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

According to the statement, people vaccinated with Pfizer, AstraZeneca, or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson are considered fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, those who have taken two doses of the Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccines will also be allowed if they have received an additional dose of one of the four vaccines as mentioned above.

All visitors must observe all precautionary measures approved by the Ministry of Health, including maintaining physical distance and wearing a face mask in public.

The ministry said that those wishing to obtain a tourist visa could apply through the visitsaudi.com website.

The Kingdom launched the tourist visa program in September 2019, and 400,000 visas were issued within six months before the suspension of international travel.

The announcement of the travel resumption for tourists coincides with the 2021 summer tourism campaign launch.

Saudi Arabia introduced the country’s first-ever leisure cruise offering along the Red Sea on the Silver Spirit cruise ship in September 2020. Cruise is being offered once again as part of the Summer season, with the MSC Belissima operating out of Jeddah between July and September.

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