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Do You Need Travel Insurance for Saudi Arabia?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for Saudi Arabia?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for Saudi Arabia?
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Saudi Arabia, officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is a country on the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. It is the fifth-largest country in Asia, the second-largest in the Arab world, and the largest in Western Asia. Some of the more unusual places to visit is Thee Ain Ancient Village in Bidah Valley where there are slate houses built on white marble. Or the Tuwaiq Palace Heart Tent in Riyadh, a mesmerizing, colorful structure that looks like a tent made from stained glass.

With so much to discover, you may want to prepare ahead for any unforeseen medical or travel issues. This is when travel insurance is important to consider.

Travel Insurance is Mandatory

International and American travelers to the Kingdom (excluding residents) must have medical insurance that covers the cost of COVID-19 treatment.

If you are an American citizen traveling to Saudi Arabia, consider acquiring trip insurance with Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) coverage so that you may recoup some of your costs if you need to cancel, postpone or cut short your original travel plans for any reason, including COVID-19-related concerns. We also have plans that cover the Covid-19 requirements.

It also may be prudent in light of some of the travel advisories below to check which plans may or may not be available for travel to this area.

COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia

Due to current Covid advisories, be sure you are vaccinated and up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before traveling to Saudi Arabia. Do not travel if you test positive for Covid.

It is still important to continue safe practices for COVID.

  • Wash your hands often, especially before eating.
  • If you are sick, stay home or in your hotel room, unless you need medical care.

For the most up-to-date information on Covid restrictions for traveling, please follow CDC guidelines.

Covid information for your trip

Do you know the Covid situation for your destination? Keep up with country-specific advisories and notifications.

Health & Safety

Saudi Arabia has advised that unless necessary, you should reconsider your travel to the country due to the threat of missile and drone attacks on civilian facilities. Exercise increased caution in Saudi Arabia due to terrorism.

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.

Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Maintain Personal Security:

  • Research your destination(s), including local laws, customs, and culture.
  • Monitor travel advisories and alerts from the U.S. Department of State.
  • Carry contact information for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport and entry stamp; leave the actual passport securely in your hotel to avoid loss or theft.
  • Follow all local laws and social customs.

Recommended Vaccinations

Make sure you are up to date on all routine vaccines before every trip. Some of these vaccines include:

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Meningitis (Meningococcal disease) is required if you take part in the Hajj or Umrah.

Other recommended vaccines: (not required but strongly advised depending on your particular destination)

  • Yellow fever
  • Typhoid
  • Malaria

For the most up-to-date information on required vaccinations and other health requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

Visas & documentation

All visitors must have a valid passport at time of entry with at least six months’ validity beyond the date of intended arrival.

A visa is required and allows for multiple entries and is valid for one year from the date of your first visit.

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