Saudi Arabia’s new regulation allows GCC residents to apply for a Saudi eVisa through the online portal. UK, US and EU residents are permitted to apply for Visa on Arrival.
Minister of Tourism for Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Al Khateeb, announced that Saudi Arabia is now more accessible to tourism. Holders of a valid tourist or business visa from the UK, US or a Schengen country continue to be able to apply for visa on arrival, provided that it has been used at least once to enter the country of visa issue.
“The Ministry of Tourism leads the development of the sector in Saudi Arabia, developing policy and driving initiatives that are delivering rapid growth in the Kingdom. Tourist visas are no exception with over one million eVisas having been issued since their launch in 2019,” said Ahmed Al Khateeb.
“On track to deliver our ambitious Vision 2030 goals, this is an important step as we develop a sustainable, resilient and competitive tourism sector while also delivering for our people.” he added.
This decision come as part of the Kingdom’s initiatives for Vision 2030. Last week Wizz Air announced major extension of services to Saudi Arabia, adding multiple European destination routes expecting to bring over one million travelers. This month, Saudi also recorded an 80 percent jump in passengers with number soaring to 11.6 million.