Current travel advisories for Saudi Arabia

Last Update: Friday, 16. April 2021 at 08:18

Please reconsider your need to travel to Saudi Arabia.


Travel warnings for this region [to world map].

Current situation : 3.8 / 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: 4.2 / 5

Saudi Arabia shares land borders with 7 neighbouring states. For this country, the Danger Index is 4.2 (average value for all countries). All countries habe been reported as somehow dangerous: Yemen (5.0), Iraq (4.8), United Arab Emirates (4.0), Kuwait (4.0), Oman (3.8), Qatar with (3.8) and Jordan with (3.7 of 5). See danger map of the region.

Current informationen on Covid-19

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control currently reports 398,435 cases of COVID-19 (infection with SARS-CoV-2 or Coronavirus).

There are 6,754 reported deaths associated with the disease in Saudi Arabia.


Single advisories / travel warnings

New Zealand government


National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
We currently advise that all New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions. The global situation remains complex and rapidly changing. International travel can be complicated with fewer international flights available and disruptions to transit routes and hubs. Any destination could experience a sudden increase in cases of COVID-19 and a heightened risk to travellers of contracting the virus. Strict health measures and movement restrictions could be imposed suddenly. Should you decide to travel despite our advice, be prepared to remain overseas longer than you intended. You should also be aware that your travel insurance may not cover travel disruption or medical expenses. Managed Isolation and Quarantine in New Zealand All travellers to New Zealand must undertake 14 days of government-provided managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ). Detailed information about MIQ requirements in New Zealand can be found at Pre-departure testing requirements for travellers to New Zealand All travellers to New Zealand (excluding those from Antarctica, Australia and most Pacific Islands) must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result before departure. Detailed information about pre-departure testing requirements can be found on the Unite Against Covid-19 website here. We recognise that some New Zealanders do continue to live and travel overseas. We continue to provide destination-specific advice about other safety and security risks below.

Danger level: 0


Finnish government


National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Iaktta normal försiktighet - Försiktighet bör iakttas i synnerhet i Östra provinsen. Hot för terrorattacker finns. I söder i närheten av den jemenitiska gränsen bör man vara försiktig och undvika vistelse i avlägsna områden eller gränszonen.

Danger level: 2

Travel is usually safe. .

Canadian government


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).

US American government


National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Reconsider Travel to Saudi Arabia due to the threat of missile and drone attacks on civilian facilities, and COVID-19.  Exercise increased caution in Saudi Arabia due to terrorism. Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level 4 Travel Health Notice for Saudi Arabia due to COVID-19.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Saudi Arabia maintains restrictions on international air travel and its land borders. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia. Do not travel to the following locations due to missile and drone attacks and terrorism: Within 50 miles of the Saudi-Yemen border, as well as the cities of Abha, Jizan, Najran, and Khamis Mushayt; Abha airport; Qatif in the Eastern Province and its suburbs, including Awamiyah. U.S. government personnel must adhere to the above travel restrictions. As such, the U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in these locations. Missile and drone attacks perpetrated by Iran and Iran-supported militant groups represent a significant threat. The Islamic Republic of Iran has supplied Yemen-based Houthis and other regional proxy groups with weapons to conduct destructive and sometimes lethal attacks using drones, missiles, and rockets against a variety of Saudi sites, including critical infrastructure, civilian airports, military bases, and energy facilities throughout the country, as well as vessels in Red Sea shipping lanes. Recent attacks were aimed at targets throughout Saudi Arabia including Riyadh, Jeddah, Dhahran, Jizan, Khamis Mushayt, the civilian airport in Abha, Al Kharj, military installations in the south, as well as oil and gas facilities. Debris from intercepted drones and missiles represents a significant risk to civilian areas and populations. Militant groups continue to plan and conduct attacks against locations in Saudi Arabia. U.S. citizens living and working near military bases and critical civilian infrastructure, particularly near the border with Yemen, are at heightened risk of missile, drone, and rocket attacks. 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. 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 country information page.

Danger level: 4


Australian government


National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Missile and drone attacks targeting sites in Saudi Arabia are occurring. Most attacks are intercepted. Entry into Saudi Arabia has been temporarily suspended for expatriates travelling from 20 countries (see 'Travel'). The ban also applies to expatriates transiting any of the 20 countries in the 14 days prior to their planned arrival into Saudi Arabia. Tourist visas remain suspended. Restrictions are in place for public and social gatherings. Umrah performers need to have a COVID-19 vaccination. Check with local authorities for latest advice. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Saudi Arabia due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.

Danger level: 5

Do not travel.

Danish government


National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Vi fraråder alle rejser til hele Saudi Arabien for at minimere risikoen for smittespredning med nye COVID-19 varianter. Vi fraråder dermed også erhvervsrejser, men med visse undtagelser. Information om lokale restriktioner, karantæne- og testkrav kan findes hos den danske ambassade i Riyadh. Du kan læse mere om, hvordan du skal forholde dig, når du kommer hjem fra en udenlandsrejse på Rejseklar og Danskerlisten Du bør downloade vores app Rejseklar og tilmelde dig Danskerlisten, så modtager du information direkte fra os, hvis der sker større ændringer i indrejserestriktionerne, eller hvis rejsevejledningen skifter farve. Andre sikkerhedsrisici Hvis du rejser til Saudi-Arabien, bør du til enhver tid være opmærksom på din personlige sikkerhed pga. risikoen for udefrakommende angreb og terror. 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 årene 2018 og 2019. Missil- og droneangreb har hovedsageligt været rettet mod 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. Du bør holde dig opdateret om den aktuelle sikkerhedssituation via de lokale myndigheder, nyhedsmedierne (fx Arab News og Saudi Gazette) og dit rejsebureau. Du bør holde dig fra alle militære anlæg. Du bør altid følge de lokale myndigheders anbefalinger.

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.


Country information

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Basic facts

around 29 million
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1,960,582 km²
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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?

There are some travel advisories for Saudi Arabia. With a risk index of 3.8 out of 5 possible point, we suggest you consult your local authorities before booking a flight.

How many countries have issued advisories for Saudi Arabia?

We currently know of 6 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 4.2 (average value for all countries). All countries habe been reported as somehow dangerous: Yemen (5.0), Iraq (4.8), United Arab Emirates (4.0), Kuwait (4.0), Oman (3.8), Qatar with (3.8) and Jordan with (3.7 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!