Tourist visa exemptions introduced in Saudi Arabia

The Ministry of Tourism of Saudi Arabia has announced new opportunities to allow holders of visas and residence permits in several countries to receive an instant e-Visa to visit the Kingdom through the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In particular, the Ministry of Tourism of Saudi Arabia announced new opportunities that allow holders of visitor visas to the UK and the USA and the Schengen visa, as well as owners of permanent residence in one of the countries of the European Union, the UK or the USA who wish to visit Saudi Arabia, to receive an instant electronic visa through the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The ministry said the move is part of the ministry’s efforts to simplify entry procedures to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and provide an opportunity for those wishing to enjoy tourist destinations, take part in tourism activities and get closer to the heritage and historical depth. Kingdoms.

The amended visa rules granted an exception to holders of a valid tourist or commercial visa of the United States of America, Great Britain or one of the countries of the “Schengen Agreement”, provided that it was activated by entering the country that issued the visa at least once.

The ministry indicated that this exemption applies to first-degree relatives of the visa holder for those who arrive with him, in addition to those who have permanent residence in the United States of America, countries of the European Union or in the UK, including first-degree relatives of the owner of the residence for those who travel with him. Through a visa on arrival at any of the land, sea or air ports of the Kingdom.

The amended tourist visa rules emphasized that tourists while in the Kingdom must comply with applicable rules and regulations, including carrying identification documents at all times, stating that a tourist visa does not allow Hajj, and also does not allow Umrah during hajj time.

The Ministry also urged those wishing to get more detailed information about the list of tourist visas, as well as to get acquainted with the list of countries whose citizens can apply for a visa, visit the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Source: RT

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