Norway lifts advice against travel to Saudi Arabia

Saudi has moved to Norway’s purple list; entry now permitted for Saudi arrivals who meet test requirements and undertake quarantine

The Norwegian government has moved Saudi Arabia from the grey to purple list of countries, meaning that the advice against travel to the kingdom will be lifted.

Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the changes will take effect from 2 August and based the decision on figures provided by the National Institute of Public Health.

Saudi Arabia joins the following countries on the purple list: Albania, Azerbaijan, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Kosovo, Moldova, New Zealand, Northern Macedonia, Qatar, Ukraine, Serbia, Singapore and Taiwan.

Arrivals from purple list countries will be required to take a Covid-19 test, register on entering Norway and go into quarantine for up to 10 days.


The Covid-19 outbreak has pushed authorities to keep their preventive measures in place in order to stop the spread of the virus. However, on 26 July, more people were allowed to enter Norway, including children travelling with parents who hold the EU Digital Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate and family members of Norwegian citizens.

In addition, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated that people who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months, and who can document this with a verifiable COVID-19 certificate that is connected to the EUDCC gateway, will be able to enter Norway freely, regardless of which country they are travelling from.

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