How to apply for a Saudi tourist visa

Citizens of 49 countries can receive visas on arrival in the kingdom

To apply for an e-visa, one must register at www.VisitSaudi.com and fill out an online application.
To apply for an e-visa, one must register at www.VisitSaudi.com and fill out an online application.

Saudi Arabia began offering tourist visas for the first time on Friday, offering e-visas and visas on arrival to citizens of 49 countries.

To apply for an e-visa, one must register at www.VisitSaudi.com and fill out an online application, sister publication Arabian Business reported.

Requires documents include a passport with a validity of more than 6 months from the time of arrival in the kingdom, and an address where one is staying. Visa on arrival will also require a hard copy of the visa, although a soft copy is advised.

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Most European countries are included on the list, as is the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and a number of East Asian countries such as China, Japan and South Korea.

A full list of countries whose nationals are eligible for e-visas can be found below. Nationals of countries that are not included on the list are encouraged to get in touch with the nearest Saudi embassy.

The e-visas are valid for one year and allow for multiple entries. Tourists can spend up to 90 days in the country on each visit. Consulate-approved visas will also require return tickets, proof of employment, a bank statement, and other supporting information.

The e-visas and visa on arrival are both prices at SAR 440 (AED 430.8) plus VAT. A fee of SAR 100 will be applied for each day that a visitor overstays their visa.

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