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Updated June 2022

Saudi Arabia is currently open for tourism and international travel to or from the kingdom has been largely restored. For those wishing to visit Saudi Arabia, visas will once again be issued by the authorities to accommodate the various needs of various travellers.

Here is everything you need to know about Saudi visas; what types of available visas, which countries are eligible, as well as the prevailing restrictions.

Is Saudi Arabia open for tourism?

Saudi Arabia is currently open to travellers with valid tourist visas. International arrivals will now be allowed entry into Saudi Arabia, regardless of their vaccination status. Additionally, arrivals are no longer required to show a vaccination certificate for entry.

At present, Saudi Arabia is issuing tourist visas to travellers from 49 countries, namely 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. 

Types of available Saudi visas

For travellers travelling from eligible countries, the following visas are available.

Business visa

Travellers looking to enter the Kingdom for business purposes may apply for a Saudi business visa on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) website. Among the required documents are:

  • A valid passport (with blank pages)
  • Passport photographs
  • Completed application form
  • A letter of invitation from the sponsor company in Saudi Arabia that is approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • A letter from your employer confirming your employment and upcoming trip
  • Any other required documents depending on the applicant’s country of origin

Religious visa

Religious visas accommodate Muslims around the world looking to embark on the pilgrims of Umrah and Hajj. These visas allow foreign pilgrims access to the Holy Cities of Makkah and Madinah. For both Umrah and Hajj, travellers may contact the nearest Saudi consulate but are encouraged to appoint a licensed travel agent to assist them in arranging their pilgrimage.

Umrah visa requirements

  • A completed original Umrah visa application form. 
  • One recent passport size colour photograph with a white background should be attached to the application form.
  • Passports should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of submission of the application form.
  • Confirmed and non-refundable airline ticket. Departure from Saudi Arabia should be within two weeks from the date of entry.
  • Women and children should be accompanied by a husband/father or a male relative (Mahram). Women aged 45 years old or older are allowed to go without a Mahram if travelling with an organized group or family.
  • A vaccination certificate against Meningococcal Meningitis should be attached. Please note that the current vaccination requirements also extend to the COVID-19 vaccination.

Umrah Visa: How to Apply for Visa to Perform the Pilgrimage?

Umrah visa is provided free of charge but please note that applicants may be required to pay for other visa-related services. Please consult your official Umrah travel agent for the full details.

Hajj visa requirements

Please note that Hajj visas are only being issued from Mid-Shawwal until the 25th Dhual-Qa’dah of each year. You can refer to our dedicated Hajj visa article below.

Hajj Visa 2022: How to Apply for Visa to Perform the Pilgrimage?

Hajj visa is provided free of charge but please note that applicants may be required to pay for other visa-related services. Please consult your official Umrah travel agent for the full details.

Tourist visa/eVisa

Saudi Arabia tourist visa allows entry to the country for non-essential purposes. Additionally, 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. 

Requirements

  • 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.

Visa on arrival

Visa on arrival will be available in line with the following:

  • Applicants are travelling from one of the eligible countries (detailed below)
  • Applicants are holding USA, United Kingdom, or Schengen visas. Said visas must be either tourist or business and travel must be travelling with SAUDIA or any other of Saudi Arabia’s national air carriers.

Please note that visa on arrival facilities are currently suspended for health and safety reasons.

Eligible countries

North America

Canada, the United States

Europe

Switzerland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Monaco, Andorra, Russia, Malta, Montenegro, San Marino, Ukraine, UK, Portugal, Poland, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Greece, Slovenia, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia

Asia

Brunei, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Kazakhstan, China (including Hong Kong and Macau).              

Oceania

Australia, New Zealand

Travellers outside the eligible countries list may apply for a consulate visa through Saudi embassies and consulates. You can locate the nearest Saudi consulate here.

Family visit visa

For those wishing to visit families and relatives residing in Saudi Arabia, they may take advantage of a special Family Visit Visa afforded by the Kingdom. Requirements are as follows:

  • Copy of sponsor Iqama holder’s passport.
  • Valid International Passport (Minimum 6 months validity remaining) for the applicant.
  • Copy of the Iqama or residency permit for the sponsor
  • 4 passport-size photos.
  • Apostilled copy of the National ID card of the applicant.
  • Marriage certificate which you might need to apostille.

Those residing in the US may apply for the visa by:

  • Applying in person at the embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Via Mail to the Embassy’s address: 601 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington DC, 20037.
  • Through the Embassy’s authorized travel agencies.

Residence visa or work permits

Work permits for foreigners are applied for by the employer with the proper government bodies – Interior and Labor & Social Affairs Ministries. Anyone who wishes to stay in the Kingdom for more than three months must have a residence permit (Iqama). This is issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is valid for two years.

Foreign employees’ dependents are also generally given residence visas, which however do not allow employees to seek employment. However, exit visas to leave the Kingdom are required for holders of residence visas.

Requirements

  • Original passport valid for no less than six (6) months, with at least two (2) successive empty visa pages
  • A visa referral note, indicating the number and date of the visa, issued by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs or either of its branches in Jeddah or Dammam.
  • Proof of kinship when accompanied by a family member: for spouses, a copy of the marriage certificate; for children, a copy of the birth certificate. 
  • The age of the accompanying child may not exceed eighteen (18) years; accompanying daughters must be single.
  • For non-U.S. citizens, a copy of the green card or other documented proof of legal residence in the U.S.
  • medical report in three copies, along with all lab results, and three (3) passport size coloured photographs on white background.  A medical report must be issued by a licensed physician certifying the applicant is free of contagious diseases. Physicians must sign each copy of the medical report indicating their license number and address. Medical reports must be no more than three (3) months past the date of issuance.
  • Children under the age of sixteen (16) do not need a medical report.
  • Minors (under 18 years) travelling alone, or with one parent, must submit a notarized letter in Arabic or English signed by a parent or a legal guardian.

Those residing in the US may apply for the visa by:

  • Applying in person at the embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Via Mail to the Embassy’s address: 601 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington DC, 20037.
  • Through the Embassy’s authorized travel agencies.

Restrictions

There are strict restrictions in place pertaining to certain items being transported into the Saudi Arabian borders. The items are as follows:

  • alcoholic beverages 
  • pork and pork products 
  • prohibited drugs and narcotics 
  • firearms, explosives, edged weapons 
  • pornographic materials
  • Furthermore, possession of psychoactive substances, when entering the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is illegal unless authorized by a Government agency.


Please refer here prior to your trip to Saudi Arabia.