Current travel advisories for Saudi Arabia

Last Update: Thursday, 19. September 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 : 2.5 / 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 8 sources for this country.

Bordering countries: 3.0 / 5

Saudi Arabia shares land borders with 7 neighbouring states. For this country, the Danger Index is 3.0 (average value for all countries). All countries habe been reported as somehow dangerous: Yemen (5.0), Iraq (4.6), Jordan (2.6), United Arab Emirates (2.4), Kuwait (2.3), Qatar with (2.0) and Oman with (1.8 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.

Maltese government

https://foreignaffairs.gov.mt/en/Pages/Travel-Advice.aspx

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.

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. .

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:
De fleste danskere har ingen problemer under besøg i Saudi Arabien. Du bør til enhver tid være opmærksom på din personlige sikkerhed og være forsigtig især pga. risikoen for terror. Vi fraråder alle rejser inden for 50 km fra grænsen til Yemen på grund af militære operationer. Grænseområdet er flere gange blevet ramt af raketter 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 missilangreb fra Yemen mod de større byer, herunder Riyadh. De fleste missiler er hidtil blevet opfanget og ødelagt af saudiarabisk antiluftskyts.

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..

Australian government

http://smartraveller.gov.au/Countries/middle-east/Pages/saudi_arabia.aspx

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
On 14 September, there was an attack on Saudi oil facilities in the Eastern Province. There is an ongoing threat of drone and missile attacks. Attacks have also targeted civilian infrastructure, 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

http://smartraveller.gov.au/Countries/middle-east/Pages/saudi_arabia.aspx

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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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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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.