India to Saudi Arabia Via Sri Lanka. – There are 98% chances that you are visiting this page because you are stuck somewhere in India and want to travel to Saudi Arabia. Or maybe you want your family members to be with you. There are still thousands of you, who are frustrated and waiting for the ban to be released.
We understand the frustration and know how important it is for you to travel to Saudi Arabia. You might have already check Qatar, Maldives or Serbia route. Well, there is another route which is open with the effect of 19th August for Indians:)
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India to Saudi Arabia Via Sri Lanka
To enter Saudi Arabia How many nights Layover is required for ?
To enter Saudi Arabia you must spend at least 14 nights in a country that comes in the green list of Saudi Arabia.
If i am fully Vaccinated do i still need to complete 14 nights layover in a 3rd Country to enter Saudi Arabia ?
Even If one is fully vaccinated then also you will have to stay in a 3rd country for 14 nights before entering Saudi Arabia.
Can I travel from India to Saudi Arabia via Sri Lanka?
From 19th August 2021, Sri Lanka opened its doors for Indians which gave an opportunity for indirect travel. Yes, people from India are travelling to Sri Lanka to reach Saudi Arabia. Also read – India to Saudi Arabia Quarantine Package!
Are Indians allowed to Enter Sri Lanka?
Only Fully Vaccinated Indian tourists and international tourists arriving from India are permitted under this route. Non-Vaccinated or Partially Vaccinated travellers are not considered. No prior approval is required from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Civil Aviation Authority.
Is there any quarantine rule for Indians after entering Sri- Lanka?
No, as of now there is no Quarantine rule for Indians after entering Sri Lanka. One will have to stay at “L1 Safe and Secure” 3 stars or above category hotel. Also read – Sri Lanka Quarantine Package
For how many nights one will have to stay in Sri Lanka if they want to travel to Saudi Arabia?
One will have to stay in Sri Lanka for at least 14 nights to travel to Saudi Arabia from there. As per the Saudi Arabia policies anyone with a travel history in India, in the last 14 days then that person is not allowed to enter Saudi Arabia. To comply with this one will have a stay for 14 nights out of these countries. However, we suggest having buffer time for all customs and make it 15 nights.
What things are required to be considered to travel from India to Saudi Arabia via Sri Lanka?
Fully Vaccinated Travelers from India who have completed the recommended doses of COVID-19 vaccination and arriving after 2 weeks of completion of vaccination will be considered under this route. COVID 19 recovered passengers travelling to Sri Lanka with one shot of vaccine will be considered as ‘fully vaccinated’. The vaccination certificate should indicate that the vaccination course has been completed following the administration of one dose. Any vaccination type accepted by the country of origin is acceptable.
Prior to boarding, travellers are required to:
a. Have a valid tourist visa before boarding a flight. All visas must be applied online. Visit eta.gov.lk.
b. Before applying for a visa, ensure you have the following.
i. A pre-paid booking at an “L1 Safe and Secure” 3 Star or above category hotel for the first 2 Days until the on-arrival PCR test is performed.
A pre-paid booking/s at 3 stars or above category hotel/s for the rest of stay. Hotel booking/s could be made directly with the hotel or through ‘Safe & Secure’ certified travel Please visit www.srilanka.travel/helloagain for information.
ii. Pay for the mandatory COVID-19 local travel insurance cover at USD 12 for a policy of USD 50,000 up to a period of one month (including children below 2 years).
iii. Pay for the on-arrival PCR test (USD 40 per PCR test). Children below 2 years are excluded from PCR tests.
iv. Please visit www.visitsrilanka.gov.lk to pay for your COVID 19 Insurance & PCR tests. Also to obtain your unique tourism reference number required to apply for the visa.
c. Have a negative PCR test done within 72 hours prior to embarkation (Children below 2 years are excluded).
d. Airport transfers to be arranged by either the respective Certified Safe & Secure hotel or Certified Safe & Secure travel agent.
Can one with Covaxin travel to Saudi Arabia via Sri Lanka from India?
As per the official circular “Any vaccination type accepted by the country of origin is acceptable”. This clearly means people who have got a Covaxin dose can travel to Saudi Arabia via Sri Lanka from India.
Also read – Can I Travel To USA With Covaxin Vaccination?
What documents are required to be shown at airport to travel to Sri Lanka ?
Documents that are required to be shown at the airport to travel to Sri Lanka are –
a. Negative COVID-19 PCR test report (English) taken within 72 hours prior to embarkation
(excludes children below 2 years).
b. Original vaccination certificate/card.
c. Completed Health Declaration Form.
What is the RTPCR test rule after entering in Sri- Lanka ?
On arrival PCR test & leaving the bubble:
a. On arrival PCR test is performed at your “L1 Safe and Secure” 3 stars or above category hotel and upon a negative on Arrival PCR test report, travellers can leave the bio-bubble. The respective hotel doctor or Hotel Management will issue a “Discharge Document” upon verifying the status of vaccination and PCR test results.
b. The travellers are required to continue the rest of their stay at 3 stars or above category hotels.
c. Un vaccinated Children between 2-18 years are allowed to leave the bio-bubble with fully vaccinated parents upon a negative on arrival (Day 1) PCR test. However, these children should undergo a COVID-19 PCR test (arranged by the Hotel) on Day 10 after arriving in Sri Lanka from a Ministry of Health approved Private Sector or State Sector Laboratory. The results should be immediately informed to the area MOH by telephone or email.
Quarantine packages details in Saudi Arabia
- Quarantine packages are subject to guest holding a valid Saudia PNR/Reservation can only be availed if the air ticket was booked through Saudi Airlines
- Guests must check their eligibility for travel by the concerned countries and obtain the required permits and/or permissions.
- Transit guests will be quarantined in the first arrival destination. Only first degree family members can stay in the same hotel room.
- Guests must check the latest information about the conditions and guidelines required for travel from the official and authorized sources before traveling
- Guests will obtain 2 Covid tests on entry and before exit
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Entry Rules & Quarantine Rules:
- Guests must check their eligibility for travel by the concerned countries and obtain the required permits and/or permissions, if needed
- Including carrying a valid PCR test which is in line with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia requirements
- In addition to the need of registering on the Tawakkalna Application
- Before Travelling please download the Tawakkalna Application on the Android or iOS App Store and complete the process of registration
- Failure to have the application downloaded on your phone and shown at the time your check-in, will lead to a refusal to be accepted for the flight
- The current quarantine Law in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia requires all non vaccinated entrants to mandatory quarantine in an approved hotel facility and conduct 2 PCR tests whilst in quarantine with a view to be released from quarantine on day 7 if your PCR results come back negative
Also, Read – Can I Travel To USA On B1/B2 Visa?