Is Pakistan safe for Saudi Arabian tourists
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How can I enter and leave Saudi Arabia?
New entry restrictions have been in effect since February 3, 2021:
The entry of people from 20 countries - including Germany - is prohibited until further notice. This also applies to travelers from third countries who have stayed in one of the 20 countries even temporarily in the 14 days prior to their intended entry into Saudi Arabia (including transit travelers).
Travelers from the following countries are affected:
Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Great Britain, Ireland, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Japan, USA, Brazil, Argentina and South Africa.
Only Saudi nationals, health workers and diplomats with their families, who are subject to a stricter quarantine of 14 days, are exempt from the entry ban. At the moment, this also means that Iqama holders residing in Saudi Arabia and holders of visitor visas are currently not allowed to enter Saudi Arabia from the countries mentioned.
The country lists can be adjusted at any time without informing the embassy. If the Saudi authorities give instructions to the contrary, this should be followed.
What else is valid in Saudi Arabia?
In public spaces, it is mandatory to download the Corona app "Tawakkalna", to wear mouth and nose protection, to wash your hands regularly and to maintain social distance.
Since February 4th, 2021, groups of more than 20 people are prohibited from gathering.
How can I regulate my residency status in Saudi Arabia?
The Saudi Arabian passport authorities (General Directorate of Passports) extend expiring residence permits (Iqamas) and visas during the last seven days of their validity via the "Absher" platform or, if this is not possible, in the passport authorities. If necessary, get your sponsor to request an extension. The General Directorate of Passports can be reached on hotline 992.
Do I have to get tested for Covid and quarantine when I return to Germany?
In Germany there are relatively uniform rules regarding mandatory testing and quarantine upon entry, more information can be found here. Please inform yourself about the currently applicable regulation before entering Germany. Links to the ordinances can be found on the website of the federal government.
When returning to Germany, please also note the detailed information provided by the Federal Police and the Federal Ministry of the Interior on travel restrictions, border controls and other regulations.
Test obligation and entry registration
From March 30 until May 12, 2021, a test is mandatory when entering Germany by air. Without a negative test result, the air carrier must refuse boarding. The test must be carried out within 48 hours prior to entry. More information is available on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.
Travelers who have been in a risk area in the last 10 days must also register at www.einreiseanmeldung.de before arriving in Germany and have proof of registration with them upon entry.
What do the entry restrictions to the EU and Germany mean for me?
On March 18, 2020, the EU issued entry restrictions for third-country nationals for unnecessary trips to EU member states. In principle, EU nationals and returnees with a residence permit are still allowed to enter the EU.
How should I behave?
Please follow the instructions and rules of conduct of the Saudi Arabian authorities in full. Inform yourself regularly about the status of the measures in the country.
If you have not already done so: Register on the ELEFAND crisis prevention list for the RIAD or DJIDDA diplomatic missions. You will then receive event-related messages by email if you allow this when registering.
Where can I get information?
Germans in emergencies can reach the joint on-call service of the Riyadh Embassy and the Consulate General Djidda during and outside working hours on 00966 50 523 9913. You can send inquiries to the embassy using the contact form.
COVID-19 website of the Federal Foreign Office
For the latest information on the measures being taken in Saudi Arabia, please visit:
www.moh.gov.sa (Ministry of Health)
https://covid19.cdc.gov.sa/ (Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control)
You can also get information on COVID19 in English by calling 937 (MoH Corona Hotline). (The automated announcement is initially in Arabic, with option button 1 you can display a possible infection, under option button 2 you can obtain medical advice.)
An overview, further advice on behavior and information from the WHO on the coronavirus can be found at: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
The federal government has published information on the topic on the German BMG website: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus
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