Flights from a number of airports in the south of the country have been suspended. Airports that may be affected include Jazan, Abha, Wadi Al Dawaser, Bisha, Shurura and Najran. Check with your airline or travel company for more information.

On 25 March, Saudi Arabia led air strikes in Yemen following the request for support from President Hadi to deter continued Houthi aggression. There is a risk of tension in the Saudi-Yemen border area. You should take great care in all areas close to the Saudi-Yemen border.

Cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in patients from Saudi Arabia continue to be reported to the World Health Organization. For the latest information and advice, see the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).

There is a heightened threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

The British Embassy receives regular requests for help from pilgrims performing Hajj or Umrah, particularly in relation to disputes and dissatisfaction with tour operators. The Saudi Ministry of Health has advised certain groups of people to postpone undertaking the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages in 2014 in light of the MERS virus cases. It has also provided advice for those that are undertaking the pilgrimage to minimise the risk of contracting and spreading the virus. See Pilgrimage and the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s Advice for pilgrims: Hajj and Umrah.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.