Current travel advisories for Saudi Arabia

Last Update: Wednesday, 11. December 2019 at 07:22

We advice caution when travelling to Saudi Arabia.

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Travel warnings for this region [to world map].

Current situation : 2.4 / 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: 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 (4.9), Iraq (4.6), Jordan (2.5), United Arab Emirates (2.3), Kuwait (2.2), Oman with (2.0) and Qatar with (2.0 of 5). See danger map of the region.


Single advisories / travel warnings

US American government

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

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. 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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Canadian government

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

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

https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/saudi-arabia

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.

Finnish government

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. Undvik alla resor till området vid Jemens gräns.

Danger level: 2

Travel is usually safe. .

Australian government

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

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
We've reviewed our travel advice for Saudi Arabia. We haven't changed our advice level: Reconsider your need to travel to Saudi Arabia due to terrorism and political tension. Highest level applies in some parts of the country.

Danger level: 3

Reconsider your need to travel.

Irish government

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

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
High degree of caution

Danger level: 3

High degree of caution.

Danish government

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

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Når du rejser til Saudi-Arabien, bør du til enhver tid være opmærksom på din personlige sikkerhed og være forsigtig især pga. risikoen for udefrakommende angreb og terror. De fleste danskere har dog ingen problemer under besøg i Saudi-Arabien. 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. Vi anbefaler, at du holder dig opdateret om den aktuelle sikkerhedssituation via de lokale myndigheder, nyhedsmedierne, fx Arab News og Saudi Gazette, og dit rejsebureau. Du bør altid følge de lokale myndigheders anbefalinger.

Danger level: 3

Be extra cautious..

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..

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

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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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.