Visitors from six countries to Saudi Arabia must submit Covid-19 vaccine certificates


KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 18 — Visitors from six countries, including Indonesia, are required to submit COVID-19 vaccination certificates recognised by the Saudi Arabian government before visiting the country, including for the purpose of Umrah.

Saudi Arabia’s Hajj and Umrah Ministry in an infographic shared on its official Twitter page said other countries that were also required to comply with the latest conditions and protocols were India, Pakistan, Egypt, Vietnam and Brazil.

Visitors who come directly from these countries and who have completed the Pfizer, Astrazeneca, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson type vaccine doses, are allowed to enter Saudi Arabia without having to undergo mandatory quarantine, he said.

For visitors who have received Sinopharm, Sinovac or Covaxin and have a recognised vaccine certificate, they will need to undergo mandatory quarantine for three days at a designated quarantine centre.

According to the ministry, a ‘recognised vaccination certificate’ means it is validated by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health and approved electronically via QR code.

“They also have to submit negative swab test (PCR) results after 48 hours from the date of starting quarantine”, he said.

Visitors who have vaccine certificates that are not recognised, are required to undergo quarantine at a designated institution for five days and submit a negative PCR test result on the first and fifth days of quarantine.

Meanwhile, for foreign pilgrims from other countries, including from Malaysia, no vaccination certificate is required and they are allowed to enter Saudi Arabia without undergoing quarantine if they have completed the vaccine doses from either Pfizer, Astrazeneca, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson, the ministry said.

However, pilgrims who have completed either Sinopharm, Sinovac or Covaxin doses have to undergo quarantine for three days at designated quarantine centres besides having to submit swab test results within 48 hours from the date of quarantine.

Saudi Arabia began opening its doors to travellers coming from foreign countries from Aug 1, 2021 and receiving international umrah pilgrims in stages from Aug 9 with certain conditions and protocols.