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The Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has announced that Saudi nationals with passports issued by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) are no longer required to apply for an entry visa to enter Singapore, effective 1 June 2023.

As announced by the Singaporean embassy in Riyadh towards the end of April, the planned visa exemption will apply to all Saudi nationals and is expected to boost tourism and business travel between Singapore and Saudi Arabia. This decision by Singapore’s government is part of a broader effort to enhance ties with Saudi Arabia and facilitate more significant travel and business opportunities between the two countries.

Apart from boosting tourism and investment, the visa exemption is also anticipated to facilitate cultural exchange and foster closer people-to-people ties between Singapore and Saudi Arabia.

It is important to note, however, that individuals who have already applied for an entry visa or have received the outcome of their application will not be eligible for a refund of the visa processing fee. The policy strictly prohibits any refunds in such circumstances.