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Updated September 2022
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is welcoming travellers from all over the world. While many international visitors set their sights on Saudi Arabia, travellers who want to pass through Saudi Arabia, and wish to stay in the Kingdom for a short period of over 12 hours, can obtain a Saudi transit visa.
For those whose itinerary includes Saudi Arabia as a pit stop, here is everything you need to know about the Saudi transit visa, its application process, requirements, price, & more.
Saudi transit visa news
According to the announcement made by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) towards the beginning of January 2022, an e-maritime transit visa for those coming to the Kingdom via cruise ships has been launched by the authorities in Saudi Arabia.
As reported by the ministry the e-maritime transit visa will be issued to those arriving via cruises, and the beneficiaries who are wishing to obtain the visa can submit their applications through MOFA’s electronic platform
Furthermore, as instructed by the authorities, the visa application should be filled up after purchasing the cruise ticket in cooperation with the Red Sea Development Company. The application data must be provided on the foreign ministry’s Visa Services Platform.
The visa procedures will be processed after completing the application and accordingly, the visa will be issued through the Saudi Embassy’s digital platform.
Who needs to apply for a Saudi transit visa?
Travellers to Saudi Arabia who are not from one of the nationalities eligible for visa-free entry to the KSA, need to apply for a Saudi transit visa, provided they are passing through Saudi Arabia, and wish to stay in the Kingdom for a short period of over 12 hours. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia issues transit visas for 48 hours and 96 hours.
The GCC citizens including nationals from Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, can enter Saudi Arabia visa-free, and do not need to apply for a Saudi transit visa.
Furthermore, the Saudi transit visa should be applied for through the applicant’s airline or travel agency or through an established agent via the visa section of the Saudi Embassy in the their country.
Please note that once the applicant’s flight ticket is issued, they should confirm with their airline or travel agency if they need a transit visa.
How to apply for a Saudi transit visa?
Please note that once your flight tickets have been issued, make sure to confirm with your airline or travel agency if you need a transit visa for Saudi Arabia.
A Saudi transit visa can be applied for through the Saudi-based airline the applicant is travelling with or a travel agency or through an established agent via the visa section of the Saudi Embassy in their country.
Saudi transit visa requirements
The following are some of the documents required to apply for a Saudi transit visa:
- A valid and original passport of a minimum of six (6) months.
- A residence permit from the country you are applying from.
- A passport-sized coloured photograph.
- A Saudi Visa questionnaire filled out and signed.
- The declaration of Saudi laws, signed.
- Proof of ticket booking, confirming your stay-over in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi transit visa cost
According to some sources, the cost for the different categories of the Saudi transit visa are as follows:
- The Saudi transit visa for 48 hours – SAR 100 (USD 26.61)
- The Saudi transit visa for 96 hours – SAR 300 (USD 79.84)
Please note that applicants must make sure to consult their airlines, travel agents, or their respective Saudi Embassy regarding the price of the Saudi transit visa.