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Updated December 2022

Saudi Arabia is a significant player in the world’s oil market. The production of oil and petroleum products plays a significant role in the nation’s economy. Even so, Saudi Arabia has been attempting to diversify its economy in recent years by fostering the growth of new industries like manufacturing, tourism, and technology.

Foreigners who plan to do business in Saudi Arabia are obliged to obtain a business visa. Below, we have gathered all the important information the visa.

Which countries are eligible for a Saudi business visa?

Below are the nationalities are eligible to obtain the Saudi business visa:

  1. Andorra
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Belgium
  5. Brunei
  6. Bulgaria
  7. Canada
  8. China (including Hong Kong and Macau)
  9. Croatia
  10. Cyprus
  11. Czech
  12. Republic Denmark
  13. Estonia
  14. Finland
  15. France
  16. Germany
  17. Greece
  18. Hungary
  19. Iceland
  20. Ireland
  21. Italy
  22. Japan
  23. Kazakhstan
  24. Latvia
  25. Liechtenstein
  26. Lithuania
  27. Luxembourg
  28. Malaysia
  29. Malta
  30. Monaco
  31. Montenegro
  32. Netherlands
  33. New Zealand
  34. Norway
  35. Poland
  36. Portugal
  37. Romania
  38. Russia
  39. San Marino
  40. Singapore
  41. Slovakia
  42. Slovenia
  43. South Korea
  44. Spain
  45. Sweden
  46. Switzerland
  47. Ukraine
  48. United Kingdom
  49. United States
  50. Holders of Schengen visas, US visas or UK visas

Saudi business visa requirements

  • Original passport valid for no less than six (6) months, with at least two (2) successive empty visa pages. It must be a passport with a chip, also called a biometric.
  • The application form.
  • Letter of Invitation. It must be issued by Saudi MOFA and addressed to the Saudi consulate you planning to apply through.
  • A letter from your employer confirming your employment and upcoming trip.
  • Two recent colour photographs were taken against a white background and printed on high-quality photo paper
  • A copy of Saudi ID card/copy of Iqama for foreigners
  • Copies of degrees/certs
  • Curriculum Vitae

Note: Depending on your situation, some additional documents might be necessary.

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How to apply for a Saudi business visa?

  1. Create an account on the MOFA website for your visa application.
  2. Fill in your details online on the web page correctly.
  3. Proceed by paying the visa fees online. Cash mode of payment at the embassy is no longer allowed.
  4. Download and print the application copy with the MOFA number/reference number.
  5. Attach your visa documents along with the printout.
  6. Send this package to the nearest Saudi embassy via a registered agent. The embassy requires that you do not submit them in person and that you assign one of the registered agencies to do it for you.

Saudi business visa validity

The Saudi business visa has two types and validity. For single-entry business visa, the maximum validity will be three months, and the maximum duration of stay will be thirty days. For multiple-entry business visa, the visa can be issued for 6 months, 1 year, 2 years or 5 years, and will grant a maximum stay of 90 days per trip.

Saudi business visa fees

Single-entry Saudi business visa costs around SAR 807. Multiple-entry Saudi business visa costs around SAR 1107.

Saudi business visa processing time

The processing period might vary. However, based on when the application is submitted, the normal processing time for a Saudi business visa can last up to 10 working days.

Saudi business visa benefits

The business visa is the best option for travellers who want to travel for work-related events like meetings and conferences. The permitted activities should be in line with the stated purpose of the visit in your letter of invitation application. You might benefit from the pursuits listed below as a business traveller to Saudi Arabia, depending on your line of work:

  • purchase items for sale outside of the country
  • participate in business meetings or talks, as well as seminars, trade shows, and conferences
  • visit the company’s facilities and plants

 

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