Current travel advisories for Saudi Arabia

Last Update: Monday, 15. July 2019 at 07:22

We advice caution when travelling to Saudi Arabia.


Travel warnings for this region [to world map].

Current situation : 2.5 / 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 6 sources for this country.

Bordering countries: 2.9 / 5

Saudi Arabia shares land borders with 7 neighbouring states. For this country, the Danger Index is 2.9 (average value for all countries). All countries habe been reported as somehow dangerous: Yemen (5.0), Iraq (4.6), United Arab Emirates (2.4), Jordan (2.4), Kuwait (2.4), Qatar with (2.0) and Oman with (1.8 of 5). See danger map of the region.

Single advisories / travel warnings

US American government

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
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. Rebel groups operating in Yemen have fired missiles and rockets into Saudi Arabia, specifically targeting populated areas and civilian infrastructure; they have publicly stated their intent to continue doing so. Missile attacks have targeted major cities such as Riyadh and Jeddah, Riyadh’s international airport, Saudi Aramco facilities, and vessels in Red Sea shipping lanes. Rebel groups are also in possession of unmanned aerial systems (armed drones) which they have used to target civilian infrastructure and military facilities in Saudi Arabia; the airport in Abha, in southeastern Saudi Arabia, has been a frequent target of attack. U.S. citizens living and working near such installations, particularly in 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


Canadian government

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
The Canadian goverment suggests: Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

Danger level: 2

Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories).

New Zealand government

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Do not travel within 30 kilometres of the border with Yemen, including Najran and the southern and eastern areas of Jizan, due to the ongoing conflict in Yemen and the potential for cross-border missile attacks.

Danger level: 5

Do not travel / Extreme Risk.

Maltese government

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals that Saudi Arabia's Abha airport was attacked leaving several people injured. Due to an escalation of tension in Saudi Arabia and the surrounding regions, travellers should exercise caution in the country. Missiles continued to be fired from Yemen into Saudi Arabia since May, 2018.

Danger level: 2

Exercise vigilance.

Irish government

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
High degree of caution

Danger level: 3

High degree of caution.

Australian government

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Military conflict in neighbouring Yemen is ongoing. Some missile and drone attacks have targeted civilian infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, including airports. See Safety and security. We haven’t changed the level of our advice - reconsider your need to travel. Higher levels apply in some areas.  

Danger level: 4

Reconsider your need to travel.

Australian government

Regional warning: This advisory covers a specific region.

Brief summary:
This regional advisory from the Australian government covers:Areas within 30 kilometres of the border with Yemen.

Reisewarnstufe: 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.


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Basic facts

around 29 million
Covering landmass
1,960,582 km²
127/220V - 60Hz
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Airports in Saudi Arabia (extern)


Note of the displayed travel advisories
These trabel 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 if a first indicator.