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Updated 6 October 2022

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is all set to launch a new visa scheme for GCC residents with the primary objective of boosting the tourism sector’s contribution to the Kingdom to 10 percent of GDP, by the year 2030.

Keep reading to know more about this new visa scheme that may affect how GCC residents travel to Saudi Arabia.

New Saudi Arabia visa scheme for GCC residents

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced a new visa scheme for GCC residents with the primary objective of boosting tourism.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced a new visa scheme for GCC residents with the primary objective of boosting tourism. According to the latest visa rules, GCC residents now have the option to apply for an eVisa through the Visit Saudi online portal, which enables them to visit Saudi for both Umrah and tourism purposes.

Hence, the visitors flying to Saudi Arabia are no longer required to go through the hassle of visiting an embassy in person to apply for a visa, making the visa application process simple and more straightforward.

Visa on arrival scheme for residents of the US, UK, and EU

Furthermore, as per the Ministerial Decree, permanent residents of the UK, US, and EU may apply for a visa on arrival in the Kingdom.

Holders of a valid tourist or business visa from the UK, US or one of the Schengen Agreement countries continue to be able to apply for a Visa on Arrival, provided that it has been used at least once to enter the county granting the visa.

Applying for the Saudi Arabia visa scheme for GCC residents

To obtain your Saudi eVisa for GCC residents, please consult the following.

Requirements

To be eligible to apply for the Saudi eVisa, GCC residents must meet the following conditions:

  • The GCC resident’s occupation must be among the eligible occupations listed on the online portal.
  • The residency document must be valid for three (3) months.
  • The passport must be valid for at least six (6) months
  • A parent application is mandatory for children under the age of 18.

Application process

To apply for the Saudi eVisa, GCC residents need to follow the steps given below:

  • Visit the MOFA website and log in to your account.
  • Fill out the required information.
  • Upload the required eVisa documents

Once approved, you will receive your Saudi eVisa via email.

Saudi Vision 2030

As stated by the Saudi Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Khateeb, keeping in mind the aim of KSA’s Vision 2030 to increase the tourism sector’s contribution to gross domestic product to 10 percent, the Kingdom has now planned to invest up to $200 billion and welcome around 100 million visitors by 2030.

Furthermore, the Saudi Ministry of Tourism also stated that around 64 million trips were made by residents in the Kingdom in 2021, with the number of visitors from abroad reaching 5 million in the same year. Moreover, the tourist visas introduced by the Kingdom in 2019 continue to exist without any restrictions for those coming for tourism in the Kingdom.

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