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AlUla welcomes back international travellers

AlUla, a unique destination within Saudi Arabia, is now once again open to international travellers (without quarantine) after the country reinstated e-visas this month.


Aussies seeking a cultural adventure, rich in historical attractions and undiscovered treasures, can add a new destination to their wish list once international travel is a reality again – the AlUla region in Saudi Arabia.



Saudi Arabia reopened its doors to vaccinated international visitors from August, allowing travellers and adventurers to explore this fascinating, untouched destination once again.


Although Aussies can’t currently travel overseas, AlUla has an abundance of incredible attractions to add to the post-pandemic bucket list including:

  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Hegra in AlUla, the largest conserved site of the civilization of the Nabataeans south of Petra in Jordan
  • Experience the Old Town Markets and shop for locally made arts and crafts, souvenirs and homewares
  • Go on a world-class stargazing tour and experience the enchantment of a desert stargazing tour led by local experts
  • Visit the ancient capital city of Dadan which archaeologists suggest was developed in the 9th century BCE to learn more about the complex and cultured society of people that once lived there



“AlUla was at the nexus of the famous incense road, is evidenced with 200,000 years of human history and is of major global significance,” Phillip Jones, Chief Management and Marketing Officer, Royal Commission for AlUla said. 


“The reinstating of e-visas to Saudi Arabia now offers international travellers the opportunity to be among the first to visit our monumental destination, experience the silence of the vast desert and be immersed in the stories left behind by ancient civilisations.”


All visitors arriving in the country with a valid tourism visa must provide evidence of a full course of one the four vaccines currently recognized: two doses of the Oxford/Astra Zeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or a single dose of the vaccine produced by Johnson and Johnson.


Travellers arriving in Saudi Arabia are also required to provide a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure and an approved paper vaccination certificate, certified by the official health authorities in the issuing country.There is no quarantine requirement for vaccinated travelers to Saudi.


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Published: 11 August 2021

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