New eVisa scheme for tourists arriving into Saudi Arabia

Plus, residents of the UK, US, and EU can now get a visa on arrival… 

A decree, signed by the Ministry of Tourism on Thursday September 1, enables residents of the GCC to apply for a tourism eVisa before arriving into Saudi Arabia via an online portal. The Kingdom’s visa-on-arrival scheme has also been extended to permanent residents of the United Kingdom, European Union, and the United States.

This means that millions of tourists will now be able to easily visit the country without having to attend their country’s embassy beforehand.

Holders of a valid UK, US, or Schengen visa (business or tourist) can apply for a Saudi Arabia visa on arrival – provided that they have entered the UK, US or Schengen countries on that visa at least once. This means that you can get a 12-month tourism visa on arrival in Saudi without needing to apply in advance.

The Minister of Tourism, His Excellency Ahmed Al Khateeb, said: “Elevating the visitor experience is at the heart of the tourism sector’s future. Through harnessing digital innovation and streamlining the traveller journey, Saudi Arabia is welcoming more and more visitors from all corners of the globe.

“On track to deliver our ambitious Vision 2030 goals, this is an important step as we develop a sustainable, resilient and competitive tourism sector while also delivering for our people. Tourism bridges cultures and connects communities, it provides opportunities and uplifts neighbourhoods, and I am proud to lead the Ministry as we build this future together.”

For more information on applying for visas to visit Saudi Arabia, and to check eligibility visit visa.visitsaudi.com.