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Saudi Arabia is one of Canada’s largest and most important trading partners in the Middle East and seventeenth largest trading partner in the world. The countries relate in terms of education, culture, trade, and investments and so forth but their relationship has experienced a tension recently.

In terms of educational relations, Canada has a robust relationship with Saudi Arabia. In 2007, there were over 15,000 Saudi Arabian students in Canada. In addition, Saudi students represented about 3% of Canada’s total foreign students in 2015 and of August 2018, there were more than 16,000 Saudi students on scholarship in Canada.

Canadians travel to Saudi Arabia for several reasons including trade and investment, education, business, and various other purposes. When traveling to Saudi Arabia, it is important for Canadians to have appropriate Saudi Arabia travel insurance to cover you in case of an illness, injury or any other uncertainty.

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Basic Information About Saudi Arabia

Some important information on Saudi Arabia Travel Insurance that we think you’ll want to know before you travel.

Name Value
Currency Saudi riyal
Official language Arabic
Capital Riyadh
Continent Asia
Population Approx. 32 million
Plug type Plug type A, B, C, and G
Driving side Right-hand side
  • Spring - March to May
  • Summer - June to August
  • Autumn - September to November
  • Winter - December to February
Laws Local laws and customs

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Saudi Arabia Security Measures for travelers

The decision to travel to Saudi Arabia is yours and you are equally responsible for your personal safety abroad. However, we provide you with credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to help you to make well-informed decisions when you are traveling abroad.

Risk Level

Saudi Arabia – Exercise a high degree of caution

Due to security incidents and the threat of terrorist attacks, exercise a high degree of caution in Saudi Arabia.

  • Avoid all travel to areas within 80 km of the border with Yemen due to rockets, missile and mortar attacks.
  • Avoid non-essential travel to Qatif and surrounding suburbs due to potential unrest created by the ongoing tension between local militants and Saudi security forces.

 Entry / Exit requirements

Every country or territory decides who enters or exits its borders and the Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet the entry or exit requirements of Saudi Arabia.

The information on this page was obtained from the authorities of Saudi Arabia; however, it can change at any time. Moreover, you can verify the information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.


The type of passport you use determines the entry requirements to Saudi Arabia that apply to you. Find out about passport requirement from your transportation company before you leave.

  • Regular Canadian Passport - You must hold a passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date you intend to leave Saudi Arabia.
  • Passport for official travel - Different rules may apply. Learn more about official travel here.
  • Other travel documents - When traveling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document, different entry rules may apply. Check with the closest diplomatic mission for your destination before you travel.

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Saudi Arabia Healthcare

Saudi Arabia operates a national health care system. In this system, the government provides health care services through several government agencies. Saudi’s healthcare standard is high but it may not be up to Canada’s standard. In addition, medical treatment in Saudi Arabia could be expensive. This is why Canadian tourists and travelers in Saudi Arabia need to have the right Saudi Arabia travel insurance or medical coverage to protect them in case of medical emergencies, accident, injury or hospitalization.

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Saudi Arabia Travel Insurance News

Ever since they got married, Mehek Mazhar and her husband had been planning on going for hajj, a pilgrimage Muslims across the world make to Saudi Arabia.

Mazhar, 25, said they wanted to do it on their first year of marriage because it is a nice way to begin their life together.

But just days before the day they scheduled to leave to Saudi Arabia on August 11, 2018, the couple faced a “huge curveball” due to tension between the two countries.

The tension started when the Global Affairs Ministry of Canada requested for the release of jailed female activists which caused trade and travel tensions.

Due to the issue, Saudi’s state airline, Saudia announced that it would suspend flights to and from Canada from August 13, 2018. Although Mazhar’s flight to Saudi Arabia was scheduled before the date, their return flight was scheduled on August 26.

Mehek explained that she and her husband had to book an alternate trip home through Lufthansa airlines, however, their plans came with a hefty price tag.

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