Saudi Arabia introduces new Covid-19 travel restrictions

Following another Covid-19 outbreak, Saudi Arabia has banned citizens from travelling to 16 countries

Medical authorities in Saudi Arabia recorded 621 new cases of Covid-19 on 17 May 2022.

Following the spike in cases, Saudi authorities have banned citizens from travelling to 16 countries considered to pose high risk.

India and Turkey – both popular outbound destinations for Saudi travellers – are among the countries on the list. Saudi Airlines only just resumed commercial flights to Istanbul at the start of May after a hiatus of almost two years due to the pandemic. On the 21 May, the Turkish Ministry of Health recorded 1,264 new Covid-19 infections.


Saudi Arabia’s Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat) issued the complete list the countries that citizens are prohibited to travel to. They are:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Armenia
  3. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  4. Ethiopia
  5. India
  6. Indonesia
  7. Iran
  8. Lebanon
  9. Libya
  10. Russia Al-Bayda
  11. Somalia
  12. Syria
  13. Turkey
  14. Venezuela
  15. Vietnam
  16. Yemen


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