Saudi Arabia to offer tourist visas and recently released a new visa regime for 49 countries on September 27 during a ceremony organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.

The Commission’s chairperson Ahmad Bin Aqil Al-Khatib expressed “I am glad to announce having attracted SAR 115 billion (USD 30 billion) so far [in tourism investment], which indicates the world’s trust in the Saudi market’s strength and potential.”

According to him, Saudi Arabia is to offer tourist visas to tourists. Through which will be able to get one-year, multiple-entry visas enabling them to stay for up to 3 months in the country. Visitors will be allowed to visit the country multiple times, while their visa remains valid and the time period of stay remains within the imposed limits.

Saudis expressed that the new visa regime is a historic milestone in opening their doors for the foreigner tourists.

Government website ‘Visit Saudi’ wrote, “International visitors will discover the warm hospitality of Saudi people: our rich heritage, vibrant culture, and diverse and breathtaking landscapes, from the mountains of Abha to the beaches of the Red Sea to the shifting sands of the Empty Quarter.”

Eligible countries

A total of 49 countries are offered online visas for visitors. Brazil is not included in the list of 49 countries. Outbound countries include the US, Russia, China, Japan, and some other European states, with more to be added later. Visitors from mentioned countries can apply for a tourist visa online through the e-visa portal before their visit or upon arrival in Saudi Arabia through visa kiosks at immigration.

Visitors from other countries will need to apply for a visa through Saudi embassies and consulates. The visas fee – including consulate visa, visa-on-arrival, and e-visa, – is SAR 440 (USD 117), including the base fee (SAR 300 [USD 80]) and health insurance (SAR 140 [USD 37]).

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