Saudi Arabia Amends The Tourist Visa Policy, And Lets GCC Residents Apply Online
RIYADH — Saudi Arabia has announced new regulations
that give GCC citizens the opportunity to apply for an eVisa
and let citizens of the United Kingdom,
the United States and the European Union apply for a Visa on Arrival.
Thursday, the minister of tourism, Ahmed Al-Khateeb,
signed a Ministerial Decree that will make traveling to Saudi Arabia more expedient,
accessible, and simple.
Possessors of a valid tourist or business visa from the United Kingdom,
the United States or one of the Schengen Agreement countries may continue
to apply for a Visa on Arrival as long as the visa has been used
at least once to enter the country granting the visa.
The ministerial decree eliminates the obligation for many would-be visitors
to visit their country’s embassy prior to entering Saudi Arabia,
hence expanding travel prospects and streamlining the tourist route.
“The future of the tourism industry hinges on enhancing the visitor experience.
Saudi Arabia is attracting an increasing number of tourists from all over the
world by leveraging digital innovation and streamlining the travel experience.
“This is a crucial step as we develop a sustainable, resilient,
and competitive tourism industry while delivering for our people.
Tourism connects cultures and communities, creates opportunities,
and revitalizes neighborhoods, he continued.
Since the launch of eVisas in 2019, more than one million tourist
visas have been issued, according to a statement from the ministry.
Saudi Arabia Amends The Tourist Visa Policy And Lets GCC Residents Apply Online