Current travel advisories for Saudi Arabia

Last Update: Friday, 29. May 2020 at 07:21

Please reconsider your need to travel to Saudi Arabia.

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Travel warnings for this region [to world map].

Current situation : 3.1 / 5

Saudi Arabia is a country in Asia (Western Asia) with around 29 million citizens and a land mass of 1,960,582 km². We detected travel advisories from 7 sources for this country.

Bordering countries: 3.6 / 5

Saudi Arabia shares land borders with 7 neighbouring states. For this country, the Danger Index is 3.6 (average value for all countries). All countries habe been reported as somehow dangerous: Yemen (5.0), Iraq (4.7), Jordan (3.3), Oman (3.2), United Arab Emirates (3.1), Kuwait with (3.0) and Qatar with (3.0 of 5). See danger map of the region.

Current informationen on Covid-19

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control currently reports 80,185 cases of COVID-19 (infection with SARS-CoV-2 or Coronavirus).

There are 441 reported deaths associated with the disease in Saudi Arabia.

Source: www.ecdc.europa.eu


Single advisories / travel warnings

US American government

Quelle: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/saudi-arabia-travel-advisory.html

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Global Health Advisory: Do Not Travel. Avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Saudi Arabia due to terrorism and the threat of missile and drone attacks on civilian targets. Do not travel to: Within 50 miles of the border with Yemen due to terrorism and armed conflict. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Saudi Arabia. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Terrorists have targeted both Saudi and Western government interests, mosques and other religious sites (both Sunni and Shia), and places frequented by U.S. citizens and other Westerners. Regional actors hostile to Saudi Arabia have conducted destructive and sometimes lethal attacks against a variety of targets including critical infrastructure, military facilities, airports, and energy facilities throughout the country, as well as vessels in Red Sea shipping lanes. Riyadh, Yanbu, areas in proximity to Jeddah, the civilian airport in Abha, military installations in the south, and specific oil and gas facilities are examples of recent targets. The Islamic Republic of Iran has supplied Yemen-based Houthis and other regional proxy groups with weapons, including drones, missiles, and rockets. Houthi militants continue to plan and conduct attacks against locations in Saudi Arabia. Violence associated with Iran-supported groups represents a significant threat. U.S. citizens living and working near military bases and critical civilian infrastructure, particularly in the Eastern Province and areas near the border with Yemen, are at heightened risk of missile and drone attack. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the following locations, as U.S. Mission personnel and their families are restricted from travel to: Within 50 miles of the Saudi-Yemen border, including the cities of Jizan and Najran, and Qatif in the Eastern province and its suburbs, including Awamiyah. U.S. Mission personnel and their families are not permitted to use the airport in Abha without Chief of Mission approval. Due to risks to civil aviation operating within the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman region, including Saudi Arabia, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an advisory Notice to Airmen (NOTAM). For more information U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

Danger level: 2

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Finnish government

Quelle: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/SA

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Iaktta normal försiktighet - Var försiktig särskilt i den östra provinsen. Risk för terrorattacker. Om du reser i närheten av gränsen mot Jemen, iaktta särskild försiktighet och undvik att röra sig i avlägsna trakter eller inom gränszonen.

Danger level: 2

Travel is usually safe. .

Canadian government

Quelle: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/saudi-arabia

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid non-essential travel (with regional advisories).

Danger level: 3

Avoid non-essential travel (with regional advisories).

Irish government

Quelle: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/a-z-list-of-countries/saudi-arabia/

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Avoid non-essential travel

Danger level: 4

Avoid non-essential travel.

Danish government

Quelle: http://um.dk/da/rejse-og-ophold/rejse-til-udlandet/rejsevejledninger/saudi-arabien/

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Vi fraråder alle ikke-nødvendige rejser til hele verden, herunder Saudi-Arabien. Det gør vi, fordi mange lande i øjeblikket indfører omfattende restriktioner med kort varsel for at forebygge smittespredning med coronavirus/COVID-19. Restriktioner omfatter i flere lande ind- og udrejserestriktioner, udgangsforbud o. lign. Den danske ambassade i Riyadh har de seneste oplysninger på sin hjemmeside om myndighedernes restriktioner i Saudi-Arabien og mulighederne for at rejse hjem til Danmark. Flere fly-, færge-, bus-, og togforbindelser bliver aflyst eller indstillet. Det kan gøre det meget svært at komme hjem til Danmark. Ambassadens hjemmeside opdateres løbende. Alle danskere, der i øjeblikket rejser i udlandet og ønsker at komme hjem, opfordres derfor til at gøre det nu. Du bør undersøge mulighederne for at udrejse i dialog med dit rejse-, fly- og/eller forsikringsselskab. Denne opfordring gælder ikke for danskere, der er fastboende i udlandet. Har du din hverdag i udlandet, er opfordringen, at du følger anbefalinger og anvisninger fra lokale myndigheder. Du bør følge de lokale myndigheders anvisninger og løbende holde dig opdateret om udviklingen via ambassadens hjemmeside, de lokale myndigheder og nyhedsmedier. Danske grænser vil ikke blive lukket for danske statsborgere eller andre personer, der bor i Danmark. Du bør følge Sundhedsstyrelsens råd. Du kan også læse mere om udviklingen i COVID-19 i udlandet hos Statens Serum Institut. Du kan læse mere om danske myndigheders tiltag på www.coronasmitte.dk. Vi fraråder alle rejser til området inden for 50 km fra grænsen til Yemen pga. militære operationer. Grænseområdet er flere gange blevet ramt af missil- og droneangreb fra Yemen. Militante yemenitiske grupper forsøger at trænge ind i området. Der er en meget høj sikkerhedsrisiko i området. Hvis du vælger at rejse dertil, bør du søge professionel rådgivning. Der er risiko for missil- og droneangreb fra Yemen i den sydvestlige del af Saudi-Arabien og omkring Abha og Jizan, som er blevet ramt flere gange i 2018 og 2019. Missil- og droneangreb har hovedsageligt været rettet imod saudiarabiske sikkerhedsinstallationer og kritisk infrastruktur. Der er også en vis risiko for missil- og droneangreb rettet imod større byer som fx Riyadh og Jeddah. De fleste missiler og droner rettet imod mål i Saudi-Arabien er hidtil blevet opfanget og ødelagt af saudiarabisk antiluftskyts. I september 2019 blev to store olieraffinaderier i Saudi-Arabiens Østlige Provins ramt af drone- eller missilangreb. Som følge af den seneste tids hændelser i regionen er der et øget spændingsniveau. Du bør holde dig fra alle militære anlæg. Du bør altid følge de lokale myndigheders anbefalinger. Du bør holde dig opdateret om den aktuelle sikkerhedssituation via de lokale myndigheder, nyhedsmedierne, fx Arab News og Saudi Gazette, og dit rejsebureau.

Danger level: 4

Avoid all unnecessary travel..

Danish government

http://um.dk/da/rejse-og-ophold/rejse-til-udlandet/rejsevejledninger/saudi-arabien/

Regional warning: This advisory covers a specific region.

Brief summary:
Meget høj sikkerhedsrisiko. Hvis du vælger at rejse, bør du søge professionel rådgivning.

Reisewarnstufe: 5

Do not travel..

Australian government

Quelle: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/middle-east/saudi-arabia

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
All flights to and from Saudi Arabia have been suspended. Follow the Australian Embassy on social media for updates on flights leaving Saudi Arabia (see 'Local contacts'). Saudi authorities have imposed a curfew. You can't travel outside Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah or Madinah city limits. If you're in Saudi Arabia and you wish to leave, do so as soon as possible by commercial means. If you want to remain in Saudi Arabia, follow the advice of local authorities, take care to protect yourself from exposure to COVID-19 and ensure you have arrangements in place for an extended stay. Keep in contact with family and friends so they know you're safe and well. We now advise you to: Do not travel to Saudi Arabia.

Danger level: 5

Do not travel.

If there is more than one advisory/message of a single government for a given country, it indicates regional differences in means of security for your personal health and well-being. Single messages can indicate specific regions to be safer or less safe as mentioned in the main advisory. In these cases it's advisable to consult your own governments information. Additional Disclaimer: Since the evaluation is an automated process, it can only provide first steps for your own research. Please make sure to consult the sources.


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Country information

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Basic facts

Citizens
around 29 million
Covering landmass
1,960,582 km²
Electricity
127/220V - 60Hz
Currency
Rial (SAR)
ISO 2-Letter Code
SA
Phone prefix
+966
Top Level Domain
.sa
Mobile frequencies (MHz)
900/3G

Airports in Saudi Arabia (extern)

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Frequently asked questions

This section gives some brief answers to common questions regarding travel safety in Saudi Arabia.

Is Saudi Arabia safe to travel in 2020?

We see a slighty raised risk with traveling to Saudi Arabia. The risk index is at 3.1 (out of 5). We recommend you check the single sources.

How many countries have issued advisories for Saudi Arabia?

We currently know of 7 countries having issued advisories for Saudi Arabia.

What countries does Saudi Arabia share land borders with?

Saudi Arabia shares land borders with 7 neighbouring states. For this country, the Danger Index is 3.6 (average value for all countries). All countries habe been reported as somehow dangerous: Yemen (5.0), Iraq (4.7), Jordan (3.3), Oman (3.2), United Arab Emirates (3.1), Kuwait with (3.0) and Qatar with (3.0 of 5). See danger map of the region.


Note of the displayed travel advisories
These travel advisories are automatically gathered. We use the RSS Feeds of the corresponding authorities of the single countries. In some cases, we analyse the website itself. Since the information originates from different countries and different countries have different understanding of danger and danger levels. Thus, the information displayed is an automized and normalized representation with no right to completeness and correctness. If a country is not shown, it doesn't necessarily mean it's safe. The information shown is a first indicator. Additional remark: the websites address does not endorse the situation of a 'Reisewarnung' (with its name). Often, it's just formal notifications by other countries. These can be the reason a country reaches scores of aorund 2.0 and still be a generally safe country to visit. Lower risk grades are usually no sign of a immanent threat!