Jawazat scraps insurance for children under age of 12 for travel abroad

The General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) has recently announced that children under the age of 12 are not obliged to purchase a coronavirus insurance coverage in order to travel abroad. The Jawazat cited the conditions for Saudi citizens travelling outside of Saudi Arabia in a statement. It was highlighted that Saudi citizens’ passports were to be valid for at least six months before they could travel to a non-Arab nation, while their passports needed to be valid for at least three months before they could go to a Gulf country.

Furthermore, citizens are advised as per new protocols of Jawazat that they must have a national ID card that is valid for more than three months when they travel to other Gulf Cooperation Council countries. In order to travel, you must present your original ID card and family registry.

For dependents 12 years of age and older, the national identification is a condition for issuing or renewing a passport, and anyone with a valid passport is permitted to leave the Kingdom without providing biometric data to automated systems.

The Jawazat reiterated that among the health requirements for Saudi citizens travelling outside the country include: receiving three doses of the coronavirus vaccine or waiting eight months after taking the second dose of the vaccine. There will be exemptions for those groups who have been given exceptions on medical grounds as per the status on the Tawakkalna application. According to the Jawazat, children under the age of 16 and 12 must receive two doses of the vaccination.