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Updated 16 June 2022

Saudi Arabia has removed most of its travel restrictions earlier put in place to control the pandemic. The Saudi government has also resumed issuing tourist visas to 49 eligible countries across the globe. 

Here is all you need to know about the Saudi Arabia tourist visa including to whom it can currently be issued, the required documents and how to apply, along with the Kingdom’s general entry, testing and quarantine requirements.

Saudi Tourist Visa 2022 news & update

Starting from 9 June, holders of Saudi visit visas, including the Saudi Tourist Visa, are banned from entering KSA from the four airports, Jeddah, Medina, Yanbu and Taif airports until 9 July, the end of the Hajj season. However, holders of visit visas can enter the Kingdom via Riyadh International Airport.

The holders of Saudi visit visas are also obligated to have a round trip ticket, as proof that they will board their departure and return flight from the Riyadh airport.

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 tourist visa is available as e-visa, visa-on-arrival and consulate visa. 

Who can apply for the Saudi Tourist 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, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Kazakhstan, the United Kingdom. 

Saudi Tourist Visa eligibility and requirements

For e-visa and visa on arrival

Countries with bilateral agreements can apply for the visit visa through e-Visa or visa-on-arrival, or through the consulate visa (USA, UK, South Korea and Japan).

  • Minimum age of applicants is 18 years old.
  • Underaged applicants require an individual above 18 years old to act as their guardian.
  • When applying, the passport validity must suffice for at least 6 months at the time of entering Saudi Arabia. (For citizens of the USA, an extended validity of 6 months after the passport expiry date is permissible for application)
     
  • Refund in case of rejection is not possible. Visa fees are non-refundable
  • Overstay fees: SAR100 for each day of overstay when the visa expires without leaving Saudi Arabia.
  • Religion of applicant is not relevant.

All applicants must have a passport whose validity must suffice for at least 6 months at the time of entering Saudi Arabia. Documents not required to obtain this visa are:

  • Return ticket;
  • Booking accommodation (only address is required);
  • A hard copy of the visa, although a soft copy is advised.

Time taken to issue an e-Visa is 5-30 minutes in most cases. Visa eligibility pre-checks are conducted by all airlines before boarding flights to Saudi Arabia.

For consulate visa

  • Minimum age of applicants is 18 years old.
  • Underaged applicants require an individual above 18 years old to be the guardian.
  • When applying, the passport validity must suffice for at least 6 months at the time of entering Saudi Arabia.
  • Refund in case of rejection is not possible, visa fees are non-refundable.
  • Overstay fees: SAR 100 for each day of overstay.
  • Religion of applicant is not relevant.
  • Sponsor is not required for the visa application.

All applicants must have a passport whose validity must suffice for at least 6 months at the time of entering Saudi Arabia. Documents required include:

  • Proof of accommodation;
  • Return ticket;
  • Proof of employment;
  • Financial solvency/Bank statement;
  • Flight itinerary;
  • Complete personal information; home address. 

Time taken to issue the Visa is 1-2 business days in most cases. Visa pre-checks are conducted by all airlines before boarding flights to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Tourist Visa application process

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. After creating an e-visa account through this link:

  • Fill the application
  • Pay the Visa fee
  • Get your online Visa

If your country is not on the list contact the nearest Saudi Arabia Embassy, from where you can request a visa. Holders of US, UK, or Schengen visas can apply for the visa upon arrival.

How much does the Saudi Tourist Visa cost?

The visa fees for all visit visas, including e-visa, visa-on-arrival and consulate visa are SAR 300, and the cost of the new comprehensive medical insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment is SAR 180 including tax, bringing the total to SAR 480.

Saudi Tourist Visa validity

The validity of the visa depends on its type. A single entry visa allows you to stay for a total length of one month (30 days), while a multiple entry visa allows you to stay in Saudi Arabia for up to three months (90 days). A multiple entry visa is valid for a maximum of three months, regardless of whether you leave and re-enter the country during that period of time.

Saudi Tourist Visa extension

In order to extend the validity of the applicant’s tourist visa:

  • The visa to be extended must be valid and remain valid for a week or less.
  • The visitor must not have any traffic violations.
  • The visitor must be in the Kingdom.
  • The visitor must have a valid passport.
  • Payment of extension fees.

Visa extension can be done online by following these simple steps:

  • Login to Absher platform.
  • Select (Passport Services) from the list of e-services.
  • (Choose the service (Visit Visa Extension.
  • Enter the required information and attachments.
  • Pay the fees of SAR 100. 
  • Submit your application.

What are Saudi Arabia’s entry requirements?

All COVID‑19 restrictions for travel to Saudi Arabia have been lifted. Passengers are no longer required to hold a COVID‑19 vaccination certificate or a COVID‑19 test result to enter the country. Quarantine restrictions have also been lifted.

Moreover, as stated by the Ministry of Interior, Saudi Arabia has now scrapped its mask mandate lifting most of the coronavirus-related restrictions including showing the health status on the Tawakkalna application. Wearing masks in closed places is not required in most cases.

It is also required for the facilities, activities, events and means of public transport that wish to continue applying higher levels of protection by wearing a mask for the entry.

However, wearing masks is still a requirement for entry into the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, and those places for which protocols are issued by the Public Health Authority (Weqaya).

These are the current requirements for entering Saudi Arabia as a tourist visa holder:

  • The passport must be valid for no less than six months from the date of entry into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (except for citizens of the United States of America, they may enter as long as the passport is valid, regardless of the validity)
  • The age should not be less than 18 years old. For those under 18 years old, the applicant is allowed to enter but requires the presence of a guardian. (First degree: father, mother, brother, sister, grandfather and grandmother)
  • Having insurance that covers the costs of treatment from infection with COVID-19 during the period of stay in the Kingdom (included in the tourist visa).
  • It’s not required to provide a negative result for an approved PCR test or an approved Rapid Antigen Test before coming to the Kingdom.
  • Passengers travelling to Saudi Arabia must download and register on the Tawakkalna app on arrival.

Registration of arrival and registration of vaccinations is not required to enter the Kingdom, and fully vaccinated individuals can register their vaccine details through the Muqeem web portal.

Vaccination criteria

Vaccination is no longer mandatory for those looking to enter Saudi Arabia.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has also stated that immunization and health verification are NO longer required on the Tawakkalna application to enter facilities, activities, and events as well as for boarding planes and public transport vehicles.

However, the requirement will still be in place for those whose nature requires immunization or to continue verifying health status according to the general health requirements set by the Public Health Authority.

Testing and quarantine requirements

International arrivals to the Kingdom are no longer required to present a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test result on arrival. All quarantine measures have been done away with. 

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