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Updated April 2024

The Saudi e-visa allows foreign nationals entry into Saudi Arabia for non-essential and non-religious purposes. The visa covers tourism-related activities and Umrah (excluding Hajj season), but not studying.

Read on as Wego dives into everything you need to know while applying for a Saudi e-visa.

What are the countries that are eligible for a Saudi e-visa?

The countries eligible to apply for the Saudi e-visa online are as follows:

North America: Canada, Panama, US, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Europe: Andorra, Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom,

Asia:  Brunei, China (Including Hong Kong And Macau), Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Tajikistan, Turkey, Thailand, Uzbekistan

Africa: South Africa, Mauritius, Seychelles

Oceania: Australia, New Zealand.

For GCC residents: Saudi e-visa is only permitted to GCC residents with certain additional requirements.

The following applicants are eligible to apply for an e-visa entry permit known as the Saudi instant visa:

  • individuals who hold permanent residency in the UK, US, or European Union countries
  • applicants who possess valid visas from the UK, US, or Schengen Area

The following nationalities will receive an e-visa upon successful completion of their visa application and processing: Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Kenya, Morocco, Thailand, Yemen, Uganda, Vietnam,

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What is the validity period for a Saudi e-visa?

The Saudi e-visa offers a convenient and comprehensive travel option with a validity of one year, allowing multiple entries and permitting stays of up to 90 days per visit.

What are the requirements for a Saudi e-visa?

Eligibility

For GCC residents

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

  • the minimum age of applicants is 18 (for children under 18, the parent is required to apply first)
  • when applying, the applicant’s passport must be valid for at least six months. Applicants also must have a residency visa from a GCC country that has been valid for 3 months
  • for religious tourists, please note that visa holders can perform Umrah anytime except during the Hajj season
  • applicants must complete separate visa applications for each member of their direct family and must accompany the member upon entering Saudi

For other eligible countries

The following are some of the requirements to apply for a Saudi e-visa:

  • the minimum age requirement for applicants is 18 years old
  • travelers under the age of 18 must have an individual above 18 years old acting as their guardian
  • when applying, the passport must be valid for at least 6 months at the time of entering Saudi Arabia. For US citizens, an extended validity of 6 months after the passport expiry date is acceptable for the application.

Documents required

For GCC residents

To be eligible to apply for the Saudi e-visa, GCC residents must have the following documents:

  • a residency visa from a GCC country that has been valid for 3 months
  • a passport valid for at least six months
  • a parent application is mandatory for children under the age of 18

For other eligible countries

To be eligible to apply for the Saudi e-visa, eligible applicants must have the following documents:

  • return ticket
  • booking accommodation (only the address is required)
  • a hard copy of the visa, although it is advisable to have a soft copy available.
  • a passport valid for at least 6 months at the time of entering Saudi Arabia. For US citizens, an extended validity of 6 months after the passport expiry date is acceptable for the application.

What is the application process for a Saudi e-visa?

For GCC residents

To apply for the Saudi e-visa, GCC residents need to follow the steps given below:

  • visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) website and log in to your account. Register via email if you are a new applicant
  • on the next page, fill out the required information, such as visa and personal details 
  • scroll down further to enter details regarding your GCC residency
  • select travel insurance 
  • pay the application fee 

Once approved, you will receive your Saudi e-visa via email. 

For other eligible countries

Applicants residing in one of the eligible countries mentioned above can apply for the Saudi e-visa by following the steps given below:

  • visit and register on the Visit Saudi e-visa portal
  • fill out the application form, accurately
  • make the required visa fee payment

Once approved, you will receive your Saudi e-visa via email. 

What is the price of a Saudi e-visa?

The visa price for the Saudi e-visa is as follows:

For GCC residents

The cost of a Saudi e-visa for GCC residents is SAR 300 (USD 79), which includes full health insurance fees.

For other eligible countries

The cost of a Saudi e-visa is SAR 535 (USD 142), which includes a fee for full health insurance during the stay in Saudi Arabia.

Please note that the visa application fee is non-refundable.

What is a Saudi instant visa and who can apply for it?

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has also issued the Saudi instant visa, which is an e-visa entry permit granted to individuals who hold permanent residency in the United Kingdom, United States, or European Union countries, as well as those who possess valid visas from the UK, US, or Schengen Area.

This visa is available regardless of the applicant’s nationality. The application process for this visa is conveniently conducted online through the MOFA website, and upon fulfilling the required procedures and regulations, the e-visa will be promptly issued.

Please note that as emphasized by the Saudi Ministry of Tourism, this Saudi tourist e-visa cannot be used to perform Hajj or Umrah during the pilgrimage season.

For more information, visit our dedicated Saudi instant visa article:

Saudi Instant Visa: New Saudi E-visa Entry Permit for UK, US, and Schengen Visa Holders

 

Saudi e-visa for Umrah

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has initiated the issuance of digital visas for Umrah, as part of its efforts to facilitate the arrival of a greater number of Muslims to the Kingdom to perform the Umrah pilgrimage. This initiative aims to streamline the procedures involved in undertaking the Umrah pilgrimage and aligns with the objectives outlined in Saudi Vision 2030, which seeks to enhance the quality of Umrah services.

According to the ministry, individuals interested in obtaining electronic visas can now submit their applications through the Nusuk platform. This will enable them to commence their journey to the Kingdom starting from 19 July 2023.

As part of recently implemented regulations, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has introduced several amenities for Umrah performers. These include a significant reduction of 63% in insurance fees while ensuring the sustainability of healthcare services. Additionally, the issuance of Umrah visas will be expedited, taking less than 24 hours, and the duration of the Umrah visa has been extended from 30 days to 90 days, with no health requirements.

For more information, please kindly check out our article below on Umrah e-visa:

Umrah e-Visa 2024: How to Apply for an e-Visa to Perform the Minor Pilgrimage?

 

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