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Updated May 2024

Saudi Arabia celebrated for its rich historical heritage, diverse culture, and magnificent natural beauty, has been known for its strict visa regulations, limiting international visitors’ access to its treasures. However, recent advancements signal a new era of openness and potential. Saudi Arabia has unveiled significant changes to its visa rules, introducing new types of visit visas and e-visa entry permits for travelers.

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The GCC countries have agreed to introduce a common tourist visa system for the region, opening up new opportunities for the vital economic sector. GCC Secretary General Jassim Al Budaiwi revealed the system, which is planned to be implemented between 2024 and 2025 in the six-member bloc, at the 40th meeting of GCC interior ministers in Oman.

The decision will make travel easier and reflects the “ongoing communication and co-operation” among the GCC states, he said. The joint Gulf tourist visa is a project that will help to simplify and speed up the movement of residents and tourists among the six GCC countries and will, no doubt, have a positive effect on the economic and tourist sectors.

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Saudi new visas 2024

Saudi Oman visa

The Saudi Arabia-Oman unified tourist visa is a new visa option that enables tourists to visit both countries with a single application and fee. It is part of the joint efforts to enhance tourism and investment cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Oman. This Saudi Oman visa is designed to attract foreign tourists, as well as residents of GCC countries, to experience the abundant natural wonders and cultural treasures of both Saudi Arabia and Oman.

The eagerly anticipated unified Saudi-Oman tourist visa has not been introduced yet, and information regarding its specifics remains limited. However, travelers wishing to explore Saudi Arabia can apply for the existing Saudi tourist visa, while the Oman tourist e-visa is available for those planning a visit to the Sultanate.

Please note that this visa is exclusively for tourism purposes and does not grant permission for work or study in either country.

For more information, visit our dedicated article below.

Saudi Oman Visa 2024: What to Know About the Joint & Unified Saudi – Oman Tourist Visa


Saudi visiting investor visa

In order to promote foreign investment and stimulate economic growth, the Saudi government has introduced an electronic visa specifically designed for visiting investors. This new visa category, developed in collaboration between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Investment, aims to facilitate business exploration in various sectors within the kingdom.

Initially, the visa was only available for 60 nations. However, in November 2023, Saudi Arabia launched the second phase of the program and expanded its coverage to all nations worldwide.

For more information, visit our dedicated article below.

Saudi Visiting Investor Visa: An Overview of Saudi Arabia’s Investor Visa


Saudi instant visa

The Saudi instant visa is essentially a newly introduced e-visa entry permit granted to individuals who hold permanent residency in the United Kingdom, the United States, or European Union countries and possess valid visas from the UK, the US, or the Schengen Area.

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

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

For more information, visit our dedicated article below.

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


Saudi e-Visa

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Tourism has announced a simplified entry process for tourists with UK, US, and Schengen tourism visas, as well as permanent residents from any EU country.

Additionally, Saudi Arabia has recently expanded its e-visa program to include citizens of Barbados, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and Grenada. These citizens can now conveniently apply for an instant eVisa through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Furthermore, individuals holding valid tourism or business visas from the US, UK, or any Schengen state have been granted an exception if the visa has been previously used to enter the issuing country, along with their first-degree relatives and individuals holding permanent residence in the US, EU, or UK.


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