Why does Saudi Arabia hates India

Saudi Arabia lifts quarantine for those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has allowed foreign visitors to enter the interior of the country without quarantine since Sunday, provided the tourists can show a COVID-19 vaccination or recovery.

The tourist situation in Saudi Arabia has been improving gradually since the beginning of this year. Initially, the entry ban for foreign visitors was ended and Qatar Airways was also allowed to fly to Saudi Arabia again. Most recently, the kingdom even lifted the restrictions on international travel in mid-April and would like to enable the vaccinated to stay quarantine-free in the future, as Reuters recently reported.

Lifting of the quarantine obligation only for selected vaccinated persons

First of all, the lifting of the quarantine requirement in Saudi Arabia sounds like good news for all vaccinated or convalescent who are keen to travel. However, not all tourists should be happy despite the COVID-19 vaccination, because the regulation only applies to a few selected countries. A total of 20 countries, including us Germans, are not included and are not allowed to enter at all. Below are the most important of the 20 countries from which entry is still denied:

  • Germany
  • France
  • Switzerland
  • Portugal
  • Italy
  • The United States
  • India
  • Great Britain
  • Ireland
  • Sweden
  • United Arab Emirates

According to the Foreign Office, this also applies to transit travelers and travelers from third countries who have stayed in one of the 20 countries even temporarily in the 14 days prior to their intended entry into Saudi Arabia. Only Saudi nationals, health workers and diplomats including family members are exempt from the entry ban, for whom, however, a stricter quarantine of 14 days applies.

There is currently a quarantine requirement for travelers in Saudi Arabia, which extends between seven and 14 days, depending on the country of origin. In addition, all travelers must be able to show a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours before entry, otherwise entry will be prohibited. On May 20th, new regulations are to apply: Anyone entering the country without a COVID-19 vaccination over the age of eight must undergo isolation for seven days at their own expense in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. A negative PCR test must then be presented on the sixth day after arrival in order to be allowed to leave the quarantine facility. Travelers must also present valid health insurance to cover potential COVID-19 risks.

The kingdom also announced that Saudi citizens are prohibited from traveling to the following countries: Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iran, Turkey, Armenia, Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Belarus and India.

Entry into these 13 countries by direct or indirect flights is prohibited without the prior approval of the authorities in order to be able to keep the pandemic under control.

Conclusion on the new quarantine regulations in Saudi Arabia

In view of the catastrophic situation in India, it is only understandable that the Saudi Arabian monarchy is currently banning entry and exit in 20 countries in order to protect its own population as much as possible. The advantages for those who have been vaccinated are arguable, but Saudi Arabia is going through the project and equating those who have recovered from the COVID-19 infection with those who have been vaccinated against the virus and is completely eliminating the quarantine requirement for this group . All others - provided that they are allowed to enter - have to go into quarantine at their own expense, which does not make a vacation in Saudi Arabia really attractive, at least at the moment!