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Saudi Arabia Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon We advise caution when travelling to Saudi Arabia

Local Situation: 3.1 / 5

We advise caution when travelling to Saudi Arabia. We detected travel advisories from 7 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.6 / 5

Saudi Arabia shares a land border with 7 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Saudi Arabia), the Advisory Index is 3.6 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Yemen (5), Iraq (4.7), Jordan (3.3), Oman (3.2), United Arab Emirates (3.1), Kuwait with 3 and Qatar with 3 (of 5).

Current informationen on Covid-19 in Saudi Arabia

There are currently 2,795 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Saudi Arabia. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET).

There are currently 41 officially reported deaths related to this disease in Saudi Arabia.

Source: www.ecdc.europa.eu

Advice scoring history for Saudi Arabia

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Saudi Arabia.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Saudi Arabia from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 3.1 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Global Health Advisory: Do Not Travel. Avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. 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 ...

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

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta normal försiktighet - Var försiktig särskilt i den östra provinsen. Risk för terrorattacker. Om du reser i närheten av gränsen mot Jemen, iaktta särskild försiktighet och undvik att röra sig i avlägsna trakter eller inom gränszonen.

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/SA

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid non-essential travel (with regional advisories).

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

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Denmark

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Vi fraråder alle ikke-nødvendige rejser til hele verden, herunder Saudi-Arabien. Det gør vi, fordi mange lande i øjeblikket indfører omfattende restriktioner med kort varsel for at forebygge smittespredning med coronavirus/COVID-19. Restriktioner omfatter i flere lande ind- og udrejserestriktioner, udgangsforbud o. lign. Den danske ambassade i Riyadh har ...

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

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Saudi Arabia.

Issued by: Danish government

Coverage: Området inden for 50 km fra grænsen til Yemen.

Info: Meget høj sikkerhedsrisiko. Hvis du vælger at rejse, bør du søge professionel rådgivning.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Australia

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All flights to and from Saudi Arabia have been suspended. Follow the Australian Embassy on social media for updates on flights leaving Saudi Arabia (see 'Local contacts'). Saudi authorities have imposed a curfew. You can't travel outside Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah or Madinah city limits. If you're in Saudi Arabia and you wish to leave, do so as soon as possible by ...

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

Individual rating changes for Saudi Arabia

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Saudi Arabia. Most recent events first.

Changes from March 23rd 2020

The total rating for Saudi Arabia changed from 3.0 to 3.1. Here are the influencing details:

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The Canadian government increased their existing warning for Saudi Arabia to 3.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 2.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from March 18th 2020

The total rating for Saudi Arabia changed from 2.7 to 3.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government increased their existing warning for Saudi Arabia to 5.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by +1.0).

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The Irish government increased their existing warning for Saudi Arabia to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from March 14th 2020

The total rating for Saudi Arabia changed from 2.6 to 2.7. Here are the influencing details:

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The Danish government increased their existing warning for Saudi Arabia to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from December 19th 2019

The total rating for Saudi Arabia changed from 2.4 to 2.6. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government increased their existing warning for Saudi Arabia to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from December 3rd 2019

The total rating for Saudi Arabia changed from 2.6 to 2.4. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government decreased their existing warning for Saudi Arabia to 3.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by -1.0).

Changes from September 27th 2019

The total rating for Saudi Arabia changed from 2.5 to 2.6. Here are the influencing details:

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The Danish government issued a new warning for Saudi Arabia with a rating of 3.0.

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Saudi Arabia changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government issued a new warning for Saudi Arabia with a rating of 4.0.

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The United States government issued a new warning for Saudi Arabia with a rating of 2.0.

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for Saudi Arabia with a rating of 2.0.

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The New Zealand government issued a new warning for Saudi Arabia with a rating of 2.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Saudi Arabia with a rating of 3.0.

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for Saudi Arabia with a rating of 2.0.

About Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia with its capital Riyadh is a country in Asia (Western Asia), slightly more than one-fifth the size of the US (1,960,582 km²). The country is located Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, north of Yemen. The climate can be described as harsh, dry desert with great temperature extremes. The landscape is mostly uninhabited, sandy desert. With a population of about 28.16 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Riyadh
Population about 28.16 million
Size 1.960.582 km²
Size comparable to slightly more than one-fifth the size of the US
Common languages Arabic
Currency Rial (short: SAR)
Common voltage (electricity) 127/220V - 60Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900/3G
International phone prefix +966
Internet Top Level Domain .sa
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 SA
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 SAU
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 682

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Saudi Arabia is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • coastal pollution from oil spills
  • depletion of underground water resources
  • desertification
  • the lack of perennial rivers or permanent water bodies has prompted the development of extensive seawater desalination facilities

Natural hazzards

  • despite many volcanic formations, there has been little activity in the past few centuries; volcanoes include Harrat Rahat, Harrat Khaybar, Harrat Lunayyir, and Jabal Yar
  • frequent sand and dust storms

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Saudi Arabia. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. ammonia
  2. basic petrochemicals
  3. caustic soda
  4. cement
  5. commercial aircraft repair
  6. commercial ship repair
  7. construction
  8. crude oil production
  9. fertilizer
  10. industrial gases

Agriculture products

  1. barley
  2. chickens
  3. citrus
  4. dates
  5. eggs
  6. melons
  7. milk
  8. mutton
  9. tomatoes
  10. wheat

Saudi or Saudi Arabian Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Saudi Arabia.

Export products

  1. petroleum
  2. petroleum products

Import products

  1. chemicals
  2. equipment
  3. foodstuffs
  4. machinery
  5. motor vehicles
  6. textiles

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia is currently rated at 3,1 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 7 official sources. We advise caution when travelling to Saudi Arabia.

Is it safe to travel Saudi Arabia in 2020?

Visiting the country Saudi Arabia is usually fine. The score is at 3,1 Just keep an eye open, obey local rules and you'll most likely be fine.

How many travel advisories do you know for Saudi Arabia?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 7 individual sources for Saudi Arabia.

What is the current Corona virus situation in Saudi Arabia?

There are currently 2,795 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Saudi Arabia. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET). There are currently 41 officially reported deaths related to this disease in Saudi Arabia.

What is the size of Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia has a size of 1,960,582 km² or 756,985 mi² which is slightly more than one-fifth the size of the US.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.