As of June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer require air travelers to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation attesting to their recovery from COVID-19 before boarding the United States. The Saudi authorities have declared the area along the northern border and between Hafr Al-Batin and Khafji in the Eastern Province to be prohibited, and care must be taken not to enter these areas when travelling to the area. Travellers requiring accessibility assistance: People with disabilities may find that accessibility and accommodation are very different from what is usually found in the United States. Saudi law does not prohibit discrimination against persons with disabilities and there is no legislation mandating accessibility to the public. However, new commercial and government buildings often include such access. According to the Department of Labour and Social Development, there are many state-sponsored centres for people with disabilities. Note that Saudi Arabia has limited infrastructure to care for people with intellectual disabilities. Saudi embassies do not have the power to rule on citizenship applications or issue passports, but they can issue a pass to presumed Saudi citizens for whom citizenship has not been decided, such as children of a Saudi parent or parents married outside Saudi Arabia. After entering Saudi Arabia with a pass, the traveler must obtain a Saudi passport before leaving the country. Saudi citizenship is not conferred quickly or easily, and the processing time for a Saudi passport in these cases was often six months or years. Obtaining a U.S. passport will not help as you cannot leave Saudi Arabia without an exit visa, which will not be issued if you entered as a Saudi citizen.
Unaccompanied female travellers may receive unwanted attention or feedback from the public. Residents (non-Saudi nationals with iqamas) who have received two doses of locally approved Covid-19 vaccines in Saudi Arabia prior to travel will be allowed to enter Saudi Arabia directly from any of the above countries without restrictions. Health workers and their families are exempt from the restriction, but may be required to complete a period of home quarantine and PCR testing upon arrival. Irish citizens should not travel to areas close to the Saudi-Yemeni border. Irish nationals within 80 km of the border must leave the area, unless it is strictly necessary to reside. Saudi law states that all Saudi citizens must enter and leave the country with a Saudi travel document. If you enter the country on a Saudi laissez-passer (temporary travel document), you may have difficulty leaving the kingdom. Saudi authorities have taken a number of measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Health and travel advice from local authorities in Saudi Arabia should be monitored. You must comply with any additional verification measures taken by local authorities. The government can issue travel bans against people who: If you plan to travel abroad, you should monitor official advice and information from the authorities at your destination. See below for more information on entry restrictions in other countries. Additional restrictions may be imposed by the country of your destination, including during your visit. Tourist visas are currently available to travel to Saudi Arabia for fully immunized passengers (those who have completed 14 days since receiving the last dose of vaccines approved by Saudi Arabia). For more information on tourist visas, please visit: Welcome to Saudi Arabia – Visit the Official Website of Saudi Arabia The best help is often nearby; Try to talk to your local contacts, tour operator representatives, or hotel management. You can also contact the Irish Embassy in Riyadh if you need help or advice, but please read each tab of this travel tip first, as you may find that your question has already been answered. For the most up-to-date information, you must reconfirm the requirements with your airline or travel supplier before travelling. All other passengers traveling to Saudi Arabia who have not received the last dose of locally approved vaccines must complete institutional quarantine in Saudi Arabia for 5 days, including a PCR test within (24) hours of arrival and another PCR test on the fifth day at their personal expense. The institutional quarantine period ends if the PCR test result is negative after the fifth day. You will also need to provide a negative PCR test taken no later than 72 hours before your arrival in Saudi Arabia.
The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens within 50 miles of the Saudi-Yemeni border because U.S. government personnel and their families are not allowed to travel to the region. While some visas are usually obtained upon arrival in Saudi Arabia or through the Saudi government`s tourist visa portal, VisitSaudi.com due to COVID-19 restrictions, all visas for Saudi Arabia must be obtained from a Saudi embassy or consulate prior to travel. For holders of a residence permit (iqama), an exit/re-entry permit is required to leave Saudi Arabia, as well as a six-month validity in your passport to apply for an exit/re-entry permit. Vaccinated visitors (except those in exempt categories) must complete a registration form before travelling to the Kingdom via the Muqeem portal. Notice of arrest: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S.
Embassy or Consulate immediately. Note that Saudi Arabia generally limits consular notification of the arrest of foreigners to the embassy of the country that issued the travel document to enter the Kingdom. If you enter Saudi Arabia with a Saudi travel document or passport from a country other than the United States, it will be extremely difficult for the U.S. Embassy to provide consular services if you are subsequently detained. Those detained in Saudi Arabia can be detained for long periods without charge and denied access to a lawyer. Dual citizens are not allowed to receive consular assistance. More information can be found on the embassy`s website. All travelers must present a negative PCR test certificate issued by a verified laboratory and not exceeding 72 hours from the time the test is taken until departure for the Kingdom. The above list is not exhaustive. Private Saudi citizens can also initiate travel bans against foreign citizens for various reasons. Travel bans: If you are subject to a travel ban, you will not be able to leave the country, even if you are a U.S.
citizen or have dual U.S.-Saudi citizenship. Travel bans are strictly enforced and can take months or even years to resolve. Only Saudi authorities and sponsors can lift travel bans. If you are traveling to Saudi Arabia, you may need a transit visa if the transfer time between your flights is longer than 12 hours. Once the ticket is issued, you must confirm with your airline or travel agent if you need a transit visa.