Keen on restoring its travel industry which took a brief pause due to the global pandemic, Saudi Arabia has restored its visit visa services for foreigners and visitors entering the country temporarily.
Keep reading to know more about the available types of visit visas, ranging from tourist visas, business visas, umrah visas and family visit visas.
Saudi Visit Visa 2022 news & updates
Starting from 9 June, holders of Saudi visit visas 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.
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.
Currently, the Saudi e-visas can only be issued to travellers aged above 18 years old from 49 countries. If your country is not on the approved list of countries, contact the nearest Saudi Arabia Embassy, from where you can request a visa.
U.S., U.K., or Schengen holders can apply for the Visa on Arrival.
Read more about the documents required, the application process, visa validity and fees in our article– Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa 2022: How to Apply For Tourist Visa to Saudi Arabia?
If you are visiting Saudi Arabia for business purposes, including attending meetings, conferences or other events, you need a business visa. This can be a single or multiple entry visas.
For this, an invitation letter will be required. Applicants must request the Saudi company they are visiting to visit their local Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Saudi Chamber of Commerce and obtain this letter. They must also provide a copy of the business registration of the Saudi company inviting or sponsoring the trip.
All applicants will require an original passport valid no less than six (6) months, with at least two (2) successive empty visa pages. Following supporting documentation should be provided:
- Electronic invitation letter from a Saudi company
- Employment verification letter by the applicant’s employer confirming the applicant’s position and citing “business” as the purpose of travel on behalf of the company.
- Copy of the company’s business registration in Saudi Arabia and the country of origin.
- Additional documents may be requested if needed.
- Fill the application
- Pay the Visa fee
- Get your online Visa
You may also apply for the Visa by applying in person at the embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in your country.
An Umrah visa is an official document designed to facilitate Muslims wishing to embark to Makkah on a minor pilgrimage known as the 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.
Unless you are a citizen of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the UAE, you would need to secure a visa for Umrah. Citizens from said countries may use their national ID Cards to enter Saudi Arabia. Note that Umrah can be performed on a Saudi tourist visa or e-visa. You may simply register for Umrah and obtain the necessary permits to do so.
To know more about the Umrah Visa, its requirements, associated costs, and how to apply for one, visit our article– Umrah Visa: How to Apply for Visa to Perform the Pilgrimage?
Family Visit Visa
The family visit is given 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.
To find out more about the KSA’s family visit visa, its types, eligibility, documents required, status check, price and more, read our article–Saudi Arabia Family Visit Visa 2022: Everything To Know About Family Visit Visa Application on MOFA.