Saudi Arabia Permits Entry With Sinopharm, Sinovac Vaccines After Booster Shots

Saudi Arabia will only allow entry to travelers who were vaccinated with Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccines if they received a booster shot from one of the four approved vaccines in the Kingdom, according to the country’s e – visa portal.

The vaccines that are currently recognized by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are: Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

‘Guests who have completed two doses of the Sinophram or Sinovac vaccines will be accepted if they have received an additional dose of one of the four vaccines approved in the Kingdom’, the Ministry of Tourism said in a statement on the e-visa portal.

Saudi Arabia reopened its borders and began allowing vaccinated tourists into the country on August 1.

Travelers will be required to provide a negative PCR test result dated within 71 hours before departure, as well as an approved vaccination certificate authorized by health officials in the country of issue.

Citizens for 49 countries can apply for an e-visa on the ‘Spirit of Saudi’. portal.

‘All travelers entering on a previously issued tourism visa will be required to pay an additional fee of SAR 40($10) at the airport of their arrival to cover insurance for any COVID-19 related medical expenses’, the ministry said.