FAQs and Travel Guide

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Is iktva event free to attend ?

This year's event will offer both in person attendance and a virtual platform fully loaded with flexible streaming options, attendee engagement, advanced networking, and sponsorship tools. The event platform will create a one-stop-shop experience for attendees — both in-person and virtual.

Show timings and Venue 

Venue: Dhahran Expo, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Event Timings: 

Monday | Jan 24, 2022 | 09:30 - 18:00
Tuesday | Jan 25, 2022 | 09:30 - 18:00
Wednesday | Jan 26, 2022 | 09:30 - 18:00

What does my visitor pass give me access to?

A visitor pass gives you access to the exhibition, conference and workshops.

Are face masks mandatory?

Visitors are required to wear masks at all times indoors and outdoors.

Do I need to be vaccinated to attend in-person?

Yes, only the visitors that have been vaccinated will be granted entry.

Is there a requirement of social distancing at the venue?

Social distancing regulations of at least 1.5 meters between people must be maintained. Capacity restrictions shall also be implemented based on the latest government guidelines against the spread of COVD-19.

Are there any first-aid facilities at the venue?

Yes, medical support will be available onsite. 

Is Saudi Arabia open for visitors?

Saudi citizens and residents, GCC nationals, diplomats, health practitioners and fully vaccinated tourists with a valid tourist visa or a business visa can fly to Saudi Arabia.

What do I need before I travel to Saudi Arabia?

Most visitors to Saudi Arabia need a valid tourist visa to enter. The e-visa is valid for a year and is a multiple-entry visa, with tourists allowed to stay in the country for up to  90 days. It is available online, and travelers can check if they are eligible for a visa by identifying their nationality on the dropdown list on the same website. Visa on arrival remains suspended for health and safety reasons.

GCC citizens are exempted from this requirement, as they do not require a tourist visa to visit Saudi Arabia. However, GCC ID cards are not accepted for travel, and all visitors must have their passports with them to ensure entry.

Please provide a negative PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours before departure and

have COVID 19 insurance. This insurance is included in all new tourism visa issues. If you are entering on a previously issued tourism visa, you will need to pay an additional fee of SAR 40 at the airport on arrival to cover insurance for any COVID-19 related medical expenses.

Download and register the Tawakkalna application before arriving at the point of departure. To use Tawakkalna in Saudi you will need phone and data services on your cellphone.

If you are fully immunized against COVID-19 with vaccines approved by the WHO and Saudi Arabia

There are no quarantine requirements for fully immunized travelers meeting the below criteria.

All visitors arriving in the country with a valid tourism visa must provide evidence of a full course of the vaccines currently recognized:

•            2 doses of : Pfizer BioNTech or Comirnaty

•            2 doses of : Oxford AstraZeneca, Covishield, SK Bioscience or Vaxzevria.

•            2 doses of : Moderna or Spikevax

•            1 dose of Johnson & Johnson

 

Travelers who have completed two doses of the Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccines will be accepted on the condition that they have received an additional dose of one of the vaccines approved in the Kingdom mentioned in the above paragraph.

Vaccine certificates issued by official health authorities from the country that provided the vaccination for incoming travelers must be provided. The final dose (the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or the first dose of a single dose vaccine) should be received no less than 14 days before traveling to Saudi. Travelers should carry either their vaccine certificates or proof of vaccination status via applications recognized in Saudi Arabia.

If you are fully immunized against COVID-19 with vaccines approved by the WHO but not recognized in Saudi Arabia OR you have received the first dose only of any of the vaccines recognized in Saudi

Travelers who do not hold Saudi citizenship or residency must undertake a five day period of institutional quarantine in a designated hotel. Quarantine will be lifted upon a negative PCR result on the fifth day after arrival.

Travelers are advised to book the quarantine package through the airline on which they are arriving.

Travelers who hold Saudi citizenship or residency must undertake a five day period of home quarantine. Quarantine will be lifted upon a negative PCR result on the fifth day after arrival.

 

Vaccine registration

You should register your vaccine status at https://muqeem.sa/#/vaccine-registration/home before arrival and after obtaining your tourism visa. The site is available in Arabic and English

Do I need a PCR test?

A negative PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours before departure is required for all international travelers.

How often is the venue sanitised?

  • A full venue sanitisation will be conducted at the end of every event day.

  • Cleaning is carried out between breakout sessions, broadcasting sessions and lunch times at the conferences and workshop areas.

  • Sanitisers are also installed at key locations: at entrances to the venue, entrances to halls and meeting rooms and washrooms.

What COVID-19 vaccination and tracking app is recognised in Saudi Arabia?

The Kingdom uses Tawakkalna as a track and trace app. Visitors must download and register the Tawakkalna application before arriving at the point of departure. To use Tawakkalna in Saudi you will need phone and data services on your cellphone.

If you are fully immunized against COVID-19 with vaccines approved by the WHO and Saudi Arabia

There are no quarantine requirements for fully immunized travelers meeting the below criteria.

All visitors arriving in the country with a valid tourism visa must provide evidence of a full course of the vaccines currently recognized:

•            2 doses of : Pfizer BioNTech or Comirnaty

•            2 doses of : Oxford AstraZeneca, Covishield, SK Bioscience or Vaxzevria.

•            2 doses of : Moderna or Spikevax

•            1 dose of Johnson & Johnson

 

Travelers who have completed two doses of the Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccines will be accepted on the condition that they have received an additional dose of one of the vaccines approved in the Kingdom mentioned in the above paragraph.

Vaccine certificates issued by official health authorities from the country that provided the vaccination for incoming travelers must be provided. The final dose (the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or the first dose of a single dose vaccine) should be received no less than 14 days before traveling to Saudi. Travelers should carry either their vaccine certificates or proof of vaccination status via applications recognized in Saudi Arabia.

If you are fully immunized against COVID-19 with vaccines approved by the WHO but not recognized in Saudi Arabia OR you have received the first dose only of any of the vaccines recognized in Saudi

Travelers who do not hold Saudi citizenship or residency must undertake a five day period of institutional quarantine in a designated hotel. Quarantine will be lifted upon a negative PCR result on the fifth day after arrival.

Travelers are advised to book the quarantine package through the airline on which they are arriving.

Travelers who hold Saudi citizenship or residency must undertake a five day period of home quarantine. Quarantine will be lifted upon a negative PCR result on the fifth day after arrival.

 

Vaccine registration

You should register your vaccine status at https://muqeem.sa/#/vaccine-registration/home before arrival and after obtaining your tourism visa. The site is available in Arabic and English.

What can I see and do in Saudi Arabia?

The Kingdom is massive – spanning more than 2.15 million square kilometers, and is the 13th largest country in the world – so there's a wealth of things to do and see.

City breaks await in the capital Riyadh, where centuries-old history sits alongside a modern metropolis, or in portside Jiddah with its coveted waterfront and al fresco dining, or the ancient maze-like streets of Al Balad. The port city of Jazan is a good jumping-off point for the unspoilt Farasan Islands.

Al Ahsa’s cool desert springs are a good place to escape the midday sun and children will enjoy running free in one of the biggest oases in the world. Ocean lovers can go into the blue as Saudi Arabia’s coastal waters are rich in marine life and home to some of the most untouched dive sites in the world.

If it's deserts you seek, the country has dunes in droves. Try a visit to the Rub Al Khali or The Empty Quarter, a favorite with adventure seekers, or the Great Nafud Desert, where dunes  tower  1,000 meters in the air.

In Taif, mountain peaks, flower fields and ancient souqs await, or visit  Al Ula, one of the Kingdom’s mega-projects, where visitors can explore several ancient heritage sites and see the world’s largest mirrored building. You can even take in the historic region from the sky, with a newly launched helicopter tour flying travellers over the kingdom’s first UNESCO-listed site.

What COVID-19 restrictions still in place?

People are obligated to wear masks indoors and outdoors including the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosue in Madinah.

Social distancing measures have also implemented with capacity limits to cafes, malls, wedding halls, cinemas, restaurants.

Travelers and residents must show their health status on the Tawakkalna app before being allowed entry to most public places.

Travelers shall keep an eye on the developments in the Kingdom before travelling, a the new regulations are subject to periodic review as per the local and international pandemic developments.

Which vaccinations are recognised in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia has approved four Covid-19 vaccinations for entry: AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Travellers must have received both doses of the vaccine, except for those inoculated with the vaccine by Johnson & Johnson, which is a single-dose shot. Visitors are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their last and final dose.

For anyone vaccinated with Sinovac or Sinopharm, travel to the kingdom is open once a booster shot from one of the four recognised vaccines has been administered.

All tourists must also register on the Quddum platform no less than 72 hours before flying to the kingdom.