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 face masks at all times. 

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

Yes, only those who have been vaccinated will be granted entry.  It is mandatory that you present proof of the COVID vaccine recognized by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

Is there a requirement of social distancing at the venue?

Social-distancing regulations of at least two metres between people must be maintained.

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 travellers can check if they are eligible for a visa by identifying their nationality on the dropdown list on the same website.

GCC citizens are exempt 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.

Before flying, travellers must register their details, including comprehensive vaccination information, with Saudi health authorities via this online form.

Do I need a PCR test?

Travellers planning a visit to Saudi Arabia need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and have a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. This does not apply to children under age 8.

All visitors also need Covid-19 insurance to cover any possible medical costs related to the virus during their stay. This is included in the cost of new tourist visas, and anyone entering on a previously issued visa can pay 40 Saudi riyals ($10) on arrival at the airport to cover the cost of the insurance.

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 on the app using their passport details.

Proof of vaccination on the Tawwakalna app is required for entry to many public places in the Kingdom, including shopping malls, cinemas, restaurants and entertainment venues.

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 no longer obliged to wear masks in open spaces, except at sites such as the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. Face masks must still be worn in closed areas.

Airports are operating at full capacity and cafes, malls, wedding halls, cinemas and restaurants are welcoming guests again without social distancing measures or capacity limits.

Travelers and residents must show their health status on the Tawakkalna app before being allowed entry to most public places. Social distancing and wearing masks will continue in facilities where health status checks cannot be verified through the app.

Travelers should keep an eye on developments in the Kingdom before travelling, as the new regulations are subject to periodic review as per local and international pandemic developments, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

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.