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Saudi Arabia to bear COVID-19 treatment expenses for traveling residents and GCC citizens

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) announced on Monday that the Kingdom will bear hospitalization expenses for residents and GCC nationals who test positive for COVID-19 during their Institutional quarantine upon arrival in the Kingdom.

For passengers arriving on a visitor visa, the insurance company will cover the cost of treatment for COVID-19.

GACA issued a guideline on Monday for travelers who are not Saudi citizens and those from exempted groups who are not immunized, and those coming from countries from which entry has not been suspended.

According to the guideline, all passengers who test positive for COVID-19 will be isolated in an institutional quarantine for a period of 10-14 days, depending on their state of recovery for those who do not require hospitalization.

According to the guidelines, all aircraft carriers must announce on their websites that the Saudi government requires institutional quarantine for those intending to visit the country and medical insurance to treat them for COVID-19.

Violators of isolation instructions or quarantine will face a fine of SR 200,000 or up to two years in prison, with the penalty doubled in the case of a repeat offense.

Non-Saudi violators will be deported from the country and will be permanently barred from entering once convicted.

The quarantine institution will be located in the city of arrival.

Travelers to Saudi Arabia must have medical insurance that includes coverage for COVID-19 treatment. Residents and citizens of the GCC will be exempt from insurance requirements.

Insurance should cover the costs of outpatient clinics, emergencies, and hospitalization, including up to 14 days of institutional quarantine.

Passengers who do not meet the requirements will be returned to the place of origin, at the expense of the air carrier.

The airline will verify the vaccination status of vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers at the departing airport.

They are responsible for verifying the passengers’ health status based on their documentation and the extent to which they adhere to the ministry of health’s terms and conditions prior to issuing the boarding pass. The ministry of health will inspect the health upon arrival in the Kingdom.

Passengers are required to present proof of vaccination with one of the following vaccines upon arrival in Saudi Arabia:

  • Two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Two doses of Oxford AstraZeneca
  • Two doses of Moderna
  • One dose of Johnson & Johnson

Vaccine certificates must be verified by the country’s public health department, which administers vaccinations to incoming travelers (the second dose of two doses of the vaccine or a single dose of the vaccine).

The first dose should be administered at least 14 days before travel to Saudi Arabia. Validation of vaccination certificates is available upon arrival at the Kingdom’s outposts.

Travelers must keep their vaccination certificate with them at all times during their stay in the Kingdom (or proof of health status through applications and accredited programs in the Kingdom).

Failure to adhere to these rules and regulations will result in travelers being denied entry to the country and subject to legal consequences.

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