Everything you need to know about applying for a new tourist e-visa or visa on arrival for Saudi Arabia
Eager to discover the rich heritage, vibrant culture and breathtaking landscapes of Saudi Arabia? The Kingdom has officially opened its doors by introducing a new tourist visa on 27 September 2019. Available via an easy-to-use online portal, international visitors from eligible countries can now apply for an e-visa that will pave the way to explore some of the country’s most compelling attractions, from the mountains of Abha to the beaches of the Red Sea to the shifting sands of the Empty Quarter. Here’s all you need to know…
How long is the e-visa valid for?
The eVisa for Saudi Arabia is a one-year, multiple entry visa, allowing tourists to spend up to 90 days in the country.
Who can apply?
Tourists from 49 eligible countries can apply for a tourism visa online to travel to Saudi Arabia through the e-visa portal (https://visa.visitsaudi.com). You’ll need to do so ahead of your trip, or upon arrival in Saudi Arabia through visa kiosks at immigration.
Tourists from other countries should apply at your nearest Saudi embassy or consulate.
What are the 49 eligible countries?
• Czech Republic
• San Marino
• United Kingdom
• China (Including Hong Kong And Macau)
• South Korea
• New Zealand
What shall I do if my country isn’t on the list?
If your country is not on the list, contact your nearest Saudi Arabia Embassy.
How much does it cost?
The Visa fee is SAR440, including the base fee of SAR300, plus health insurance priced at SAR140. VAT and payment processing are additional charges.
How long is the visa valid for?
This depends on the type. A single entry visa allows you to stay for one month, while the multiple entry visa allows you up to three-month stay in Saudi Arabia. The maximum duration of a stay is up to three months per visit, with no more than three months with multiple entries.
Any other conditions for the e-visa and visa-on-arrival?
You must be aged 18 or over to apply. If you are aged under 18 years old then you will require an individual aged over 18 to be your guardian. When applying, your passport must be valid for at least six months at the time of entering Saudi Arabia (for citizens of the USA, an extended validity of six months after the passport expiry date is permissible for application). Visa fees are non refundable. There is an overstay fee of SAR100 each day if you overstay once your visa has expired. Countries with bilateral agreements can apply for the visit visa through e-visa or visa on arrival, or through the consulate visa (USA, UK, South Korea and Japan).
What documents do I need to apply?
You do not need to provide a return ticket or booking accommodation details – only the address you seat staying at is required.
How long does it take?
It takes approximately 5-30 minutes to issue an e-visa. Simply fill in the application online.
How do I apply for a consulate visa?
You need to be at least 18 years old to apply. Or, if you are under 18, you’ll need an individual aged over 18 to be your guardian. When applying, your passport must be valid for at least six months at the time of entering Saudi Arabia. Visa fees are non refundable. There is an overstay fee of SAR100 each day if you overstay once your visa has expired. You do not require a sponsor.
Documents you need to apply are: proof of accommodation, return ticket, proof of employment and a bank statement.
Supporting information you will need includes: ID, proof of home address, and a travel itinerary.
The consulate visa takes around 1-2 business days to issue, in most cases.
Information courtesy of Visit Saudi. Main image: Kingdom Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia © Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage
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