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Updated 21 November 2022
Following a brief pause due to the Covid-19 pandemic triggered by the Omicron variant, the Saudi visit visa services have now been resumed. Foreigners looking to enter the Kingdom temporarily can now apply for Saudi visit visas, hassle-free.
Keep reading to know more about available types of visit visas, ranging from tourist visas, business visas, umrah visas and family visit visas, and how travellers from India can apply for a tourist visa to the KSA.
Saudi Visit Visa 2022 news & updates
According to the latest update from Saudi Embassy in New Delhi, Indian people would no longer need to submit police clearance documents to obtain a visa to Saudi Arabia as a part of the two nations’ efforts to further improve bilateral relations.
In view of the strong relations and strategic partnership between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of India, the Kingdom has decided to exempt the Indian nationals from submitting a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC). pic.twitter.com/LPvesqLlPR
— Saudi Embassy in New Delhi (@KSAembassyIND) November 17, 2022
Visitors coming to Saudi Arabia must obtain insurance to issue a visit visa through the Enjaz platform on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. They must also have the Tawakkalna app installed. Visitors with active and valid medical insurance will have the status of “insured visitor” if they come to the Kingdom on a visit visa.
Saudi visit visa for Indians general requirements
Even though the exact set of documents required for a specific type of Saudi visit visa may vary depending on the type of visa you apply for, the general set of documents required for a Saudi Arabia visit visa are as follows:
- A valid passport with 2 blank pages, and valid up to 6 months from the date of intended travel
- The visa application form, duly signed and filled
- 2 scanned colour photographs with white background
- Personal cover letter (For employed – plain paper, for self-employed – company letterhead)
- Original bank statement: stamped & updated for last 6 months with bank seal
- Confirmed onward and return flight tickets
- Confirmed hotel reservations
- Aadhar card
- NOC from the employer
Please consult with your nearest Saudi Embassy regarding the specific documents required for the different Saudi visit visa.
Available Saudi visit visa for Indians
The following is a list of available visit visas in Saudi Arabia
Saudi eVisa/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.
Currently, the Saudi e-visas can only be issued to travellers from 49 countries. Since India is not on the approved list of countries, travellers from India are required to get in touch with the Saudi Embassy.
Once the application has been submitted, the authorities will review it to determine the approval or rejection based on the eligibility criteria and the documents provided by the applicants. If approved, visa holders should not overstay the duration mentioned on the visa.
Saudi family visit visa
The Saudi Family Visit Visa is a type of visit visa issued by the MOFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) to the immediate family members of the legal residents or citizens of Saudi Arabia, who are living outside of KSA to visit their families in the Kingdom. A family visit visa can only be issued to the immediate family members such as:
- Father-in-law and mother-in-law
- Husband or wife
- Brothers or Sisters and their families (wives/husbands and their children).
Only a legal Saudi resident or citizen who is an Iqama holder can apply for the family visit visa on behalf of the visitor. For this, the Iqama should be valid for at least 4 months.
Travellers looking to enter the Kingdom for business purposes, such as meetings, conferences, and more, can apply for a Saudi business visa from here. The Saudi Business visa can be a single or multiple entry visa.
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
An Umrah visa is an official document designed to facilitate Muslims wishing to embark to Makkah on Umrah. There are two kinds of Umrah visas that may be available to you depending on your country of origin, namely the Umrah visa and the Umrah e-visa. Both Umrah visas are valid for two weeks.