Saudi Arabia Visa: Coronavirus Update

The Saudi Arabia Embassy in London has recently announced that a coronavirus form must be included with all Saudi Arabia visa applications.

Over the past few weeks, concern over coronavirus has increased. As of 29th February 2020, 85,403 cases have been reported globally. This has lead to 2,924 deaths according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). For this reason, numerous governments and health authorities have now taken steps to limit the spread. As a result, the Saudi Embassy has now asked all applicants to complete a form detailing their recent travel history to certain countries that have been hit by the virus.

Saudi Arabia Visa Coronavirus form

Saudi Arabia Coronavirus form example

As of Wednesday (26th February 2020), there have not been any cases of COVID-19 reported in Saudi Arabia. However, in the surrounding regions numerous cases have been reported (including Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates). Update: Qatar has now reported their first case.

Update: Saudi Arabia has now taken measures to attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus by temporarily halting the entry of pilgrims visiting the holy sites (Mecca and Medina). Saudi Arabia has also suspended visas for tourists from countries with confirmed cases of the virus. This comes at a time where millions of Muslims make their journey to Saudi Arabia in time for the holy month of Ramadan. It is unclear whether this ban will extend into April and how Ramadan will be affected. However, this decision comes at a time where many of the neighbouring countries begin to report their first cases (most recently Qatar). Across the globe, Japan has just announced plans to close schools across the country to help control any potential spread.

If you are planning on travelling to Saudi Arabia, please remember to fill the Saudi Arabia visa coronavirus form out and send it to us alongside the other standard requirements to obtain your visa.

Learn more about the up-to-date information and advice from the UK government here.

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