Entry into S Arabia

Full vaccine course or 7-day quarantine a must for Bangladeshi expats

Staff Correspondent

17 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladeshis, who intend to enter Saudi Arabia without completing the full course of Covid-19 vaccine, must undergo a seven-day institutional quarantine.   

However, the Bangladeshis, who have Iqama (work permit) and come to the country on leave after receiving vaccine from Saudi Arabia, will be exempted from the provision.

The Embassy of Bangladesh in Riyadh disseminated the information in an official statement on Thursday.

The statement said all Bangladeshi newcomers or expatriates living in Saudi Arabia are being informed that Pfizer Bio-Entech (two doses), Oxford-AstraZeneca (two doses), Moderna (two doses) and Johnson & Johnson (one dose) vaccines have been approved by the Saudi government.

If any Bangladeshi goes to the oil-rich Gulf State after taking vaccines of the above-mentioned companies won’t have to face such hassle, said the statement.

Even, the vaccinated Bangladeshis must carry a corona negative certificate after going through a RTPCR test conducted 72 hours before traveling.

If a Bangladeshi expat enters Saudi Arabia without completing the full course of any vaccine, he or she must undergo a seven-day institutional quarantine, said the statement. Those who have Iqama and are watching their immunity percentage on the Tawakkalna app won’t require institutional quarantine. But, they also will have to carry Covid-19 negative certificate.

The Tawakkalna app displays immunity percentage up to 180 days after receiving the first dose.

Those who are arriving in Saudi Arabia for the first time or who don’t have Iqama but have taken any vaccine approved by the Saudi government 14 days before their trip and have a vaccination certificate won’t need quarantine, the statement said.       

Expats will have to register before going to Saudi Arabia from Bangladesh. In addition, they must apply for updating their vaccine-related information in the Saudi system.