As of September 15, 2020, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior has lifted certain international travel restrictions on citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council states as well as expatriates and their dependents that hold a valid visa.  Individuals who seek to re-enter the Kingdom are still required to meet all COVID-19 safety measures upon entrance, such as demonstration of a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test administered within 48 hours of re-entry.  Requirements for air travelers are detailed in a report issued by the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation.  The new travel allowance covers other exceptional categories as well, including certain student travelers, government and military employees, foreign embassy workers, and individuals seeking emergency medical treatment, who are allowed to enter and exit the Kingdom starting September 15th.

The Ministry of Interior also announced its intention to lift all travel restrictions on Saudi citizens by opening all air, land, and sea ports on January 1, 2021.  The new policy is planned to be confirmed in December 2020, following a report that will be published by the Ministry of Health on preventive health requirements for travelers.

Mayer Brown will provide further details as new travel policies are announced.  As restrictions are frequently published and altered, please continue to follow our blog for up-to-date information.