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Dream of the Desert
10.02.2024

In recent years, Saudi Arabia has made several significant announcements in the travel industry to appeal to foreign visitors. 10.02.2024

One of its ambitious projects is the Dream of the Desert train, set to launch in 2025 with the first trips connecting the capital, Riyadh, to the northern regions of the country bordering Jordan. The train can accommodate up to 82 passengers, and the journey will take nearly two days. “Rail Cruise” will allow you to enjoy the desert landscapes of the Arabian Peninsula and make a stop in the city of Hail.

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Saudi Arabia: country’s borders status

Borders are open with restrictions.

Entry conditions for citizens and tourists

Holders of a Hajj visa must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated.

This rule does not apply to children under 12.

Vaccines accepted are:
AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covovax, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm (BIBP), Sinovac and Sputnik V.
More details can be found here.

Holders of a visit visa must have medical insurance to cover COVID-19 expenses.

Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in Iran are not allowed to enter.

National holidays in Saudi Arabia in 2024

Public holidays and festivals in Saudi Arabia in 2024. Non-working days:

  • Thursday, 22 February: Foundation Day (يوم التأسيس);
  • Tuesday to Friday, April 9 to April 12: Eid al-Fitr (عطلة عيد الفطر);
  • Saturday to Tuesday, June 15 to June 18: Eid al-Adha (عطلة عيد الأضحى);
  • Monday, 23 September: National Day (اليوم الوطني).

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