The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the Middle East region, as it has the rest of the world. The severity of the outbreak varies by country, with some countries experiencing high numbers of cases and deaths while others have been able to keep the virus under control.
Some countries in the region, such as the United Arab Emirates and Israel, have been relatively successful in vaccinating their populations and reopening their economies, with relatively low numbers of new cases and deaths. However, other countries such as Iran, Iraq, and Syria have struggled with high numbers of cases and deaths, as well as challenges with vaccine distribution.
Travel restrictions and quarantine requirements also vary by country and are subject to change, so it’s important to check the latest information before planning a trip. Many countries in the region require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result for entry, and some may have additional restrictions on movement or gatherings.
COVID-19 requirements for US travelers travelling to the Middle East can vary by country and may change frequently, so it is important to check the latest information before traveling. Here are some current COVID-19 requirements for US travelers for each country in the Middle East:
The Middle Eastern countries which do require a proof of COVID-19 vaccination and also does not ask for a pre-departure COVID-19 test report are Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait and Oman.
Apart from these countries there are some countries where travel is open in relation to the COVID-19 protocols but the US Travel Advisory is important to consider are Iran, Iraq and Syria, these countries have a Level 4 advisory, meaning the US State department recommends not to travel in these countries for safety purposes, which could be a result of civil unrest, terrorism, health and hygiene.
Apart from this, if you are traveling to Israel, then the US state travel advisory is that you should skip visiting the Gaza strip area due to terrorism activities, civil unrest and armed conflict, rest of the country is open and safe to travel, and no proof of vaccination or pre-departure test is required.
If you are looking to travel to Lebanon, then the proof of vaccination and pre-departure test is not required, although the travel advisory from US state department is of Level 3 which means to reconsider travel due to crime, terrorism, armed conflict and kidnapping. Saudi Arabia is also open to travel in terms of COVID-19 guidelines but the travel advisory is same for Saudi Arabia due to the threat of missile and drone attacks. Sometimes, these travel advisories are not updated from a long time, so it is also good to call them in person or write an email to get further and latest information.
Some of the countries are not physically a part of the Middle Easter region but are still considered to be a part of it are because of their shared religion are Egypt, Turkey, Cyprus. Palestine is also not a recognized country and is a disputed area geographically.
Also, since the COVID-19 protocols can change at any given time due to any sudden changes in the rise of cases or new variants, we at My Care Labs recommend to always carry a proof of pre-departure test result and also proof of vaccination just to be safe.
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