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Last updated 4 August 2021
Saudi Arabia has recently announced the reopening of its borders for international tourism from the first of August. The Saudi government has also outlined the 49 countries to which said visas will be issued to fully vaccinated travellers.
Here is all you need to know about the Saudi Arabia tourist visa including to whom it can currently be issued along with the Kingdom’s general entry, testing and quarantine requirements.
What is the Saudi Tourist Visa?
The Saudi Tourist Visa (Saudi e-Visa) is an entry authorization document allowing foreign nationals to enter Saudi Arabia for non-essential and non-religious purposes.
The Saudi Tourist Visa is a one-year, multiple-entry electronic visa, allowing tourists to spend up to 90 days in the country. It covers tourism-related activities and Umrah (excluding Hajj season) and excludes other activities such as studying.
The tourism visa was first issued in 2019 but was soon temporarily suspended following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Which countries may apply for the Saudi e-Visa?
Currently, the Saudi e-visas can only be issued to travellers from 49 countries as follows:
The countries and territories whose citizens may be granted a tourist visit visa are as follows:
The United States, Canada, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Latvia, Finland, Germany, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Russia, Portugal, San Marino, Romania, Ukraine, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Brunei, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Japan, Australia and Oceania, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Kazakhstan, the United Kingdom.
How do I apply for the Saudi e-Visa?
If you’re residing in one of the eligible countries listed above, you may apply for the Saudi Tourist Visa through the official online portal.
Keep in mind that one of the requirements of entry into Saudi Arabia is having been fully vaccinated with the approved vaccines. More on this below.
How much does the Saudi e-Visa cost?
The official fees are SAR 300, along with the mandatory comprehensive medical insurance covering COVID-19 treatment of SAR 180, plus tax. The total cost of the Saudi Tourist Visa is SAR 480.
What are Saudi Arabia’s entry requirements?
Saudi Arabia is requiring all non-Saudi arrivals to have been fully vaccinated. A vaccination certificate is thus necessary from one of the following:
- 2 doses of Pfizer BioNTech
- 2 doses of Oxford AstraZeneca
- 2 doses of Moderna
- 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson
The duration between receiving the last dose (the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or the first dose of a single dose vaccine) must not be less than 14 days.
Travellers who have completed two doses of the Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines will also be accepted on the condition that they have received an additional dose of one of the vaccines approved in the Kingdom mentioned above.
Vaccinated travellers, except Saudi citizens and those who are exempt, must fill out the Registration Immunization Information Form before departure.
Testing and quarantine requirements
Furthermore, the following requirements must be satisfied:
- A negative result PCR test certificate issued within 72 hours prior to departure for non-Saudi nationals over eight years old
- All permitted arrivals must download and register on Tatamman and Tawakkalna App
- Exempted categories must undergo self-quarantine for a period of 7 days from the date of entry
- All non-Saudi arrivals must have medical insurance that covers the costs of COVID-19 treatment in outpatient clinics, emergencies and hospitals, including the institutional quarantine.
Family members of health practitioners are allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia without the need to be accompanied by the health practitioner and without the need to spend 14 days out of the suspended countries.
Please find the list of approved laboratories in your country of origin here.
You will also have to fill out and sign Health Disclaimer Form and hand it over to the health control center upon arrival.
Vaccinated individuals will be exempted from both, quarantine as well as testing requirements, provided they show proof of immunization. Please refer to our Saudi Arabia entry requirements article here.