Saudi Arabia Just Reopened for Tourism to Vaccinated Travelers From 49 Countries

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Saudi Arabia is the most recent country to be added to the growing list of nations open for tourism for fully vaccinated travelers.  

The relatively new tourism program in Saudi Arabia started just before the pandemic began and will allow far more tourism into the country than in the past.

On August 1st, Saudi Arabia reopened for tourism visa applications from visitors from 49 countries. All applying must be fully vaccinated with either Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson. 

Additionally, Saudi Arabia will allow those vaccinated with either Sinovac or Sinopharm to apply once they have received one additional dose of any of the above-approved vaccines.

You can find the complete and up-to-date list of countries currently accepted here.

The entire visa process is done online via the Saudi eVisa portal

You’ll need to enter your vaccine information into the official vaccine registration before entry.

Saudi Arabia also requires travelers to present a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours before departure. You’ll also need paper proof of your vaccination from an official source. A CDC card, for example, meets this requirement.

These new regulations mean quarantine-free travel to Saudi Arabia is now open for the first time in 18 months. 

Lauren Allain
Lauren is a freelance journalist from Seattle. She travels the globe in search of the best grocery stores, bouldering gyms, and snorkeling locations. Her mission at Freedom Is Everything is to help others make the transition into location-independent lifestyles.