With tourism increasing in Saudi Arabia, the latest regulations allow GCC residents to travel with ease into the country.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Tourism has announced a new visa scheme that will be applicable to residents of GCC states, the US, the EU and the UK.

The new visas which include single, as well as multiple-entry options will be valid for both tourism and performing Umrah within Makkah. The visa price starts at SAR300 (Dhs293), with an additional component payable for health insurance.

As per the latest regulations, the ministry added that residents of the UK, us and EU shall be able to apply for a visa on arrival in the Kingdom.

UK, US and EU residents who hold a passport with at least six months of validity can get their visa on arrival, while GCC residents are required to apply for an eVisa online.

“The facilitation of a tourist visa for millions of GCC residents and the visa on arrival extension supports our ambition to welcome 100 million visitors a year by 2030, to the world’s biggest new leisure tourism destination. This is not just an announcement, it is an invitation and we are making it easier than ever for visitors to explore thousands of years of history and culture, unmatched natural landscapes, and a thriving entertainment sector,” said Fahd Hamidaddin, CEO and Member of the Board at Saudi Tourism Authority.

The ministry said that residents of GCC states, there are five other GCC member countries apart from Saudi which include Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the UAE that can now apply for an electronic tourist visa (eVisa) to enter Saudi.


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In another significant development with regard to its visa offerings, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently announced the introduction of a new multi-entry visit visa to the kingdom for all those who possess a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Hayya card. Holders of the Hayya card can apply for the new Saudi visa online. Visas will allow for a 60-day stay in Saudi beginning 10 days before the tournament kicks off.

Additionally, Saudi tourism eVisas are available to citizens of 49 countries. To read the full list and apply for the visa online go to visitsaudi.com

This article was originally published on Business Traveller Middle East and has been repurposed here with permission.

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