Details of the new Saudi tourist visa

Participants attend the launch of the new tourism visa at Ad Diriyah, a Unesco-listed heritage site outside Riyadh on Sept. 27.
Participants attend the launch of the new tourism visa at Ad Diriyah, a Unesco-listed heritage site outside Riyadh on Sept. 27.
  • Saudi Arabia announces issuing tourist visas for the first time in itshistory, opening a new visa for citizens of 49 countries to explore SaudiArabia.

Countries whose citizens are authorized to enter include: 38 countries from Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ireland, Monaco, Sweden, Switzerland, Ireland, Monaco Croatia and Cyprus, seven countries from Asia: Brunei, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Kazakhstan, China, two countries from North America: the United States and Canada, and from Australia: the Kingdom of Australia and New Zealand.

Tourist Visa Fees

The visa fees will be SAR300, the National Insurance fees is SAR140and the total value is SAR440 paid by each tourist, in addition to the addedvalue and treatment fees. The validity period of the visa will be 360 ​​daysfrom the issuance. The period of stay in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be 90days for each visit and will not exceed180 days per year.

How to Issue Tourist Visa

Tourists in Saudi Arabia

Tourists can register via the online platform or use visa-equippedmachines in minutes. The other method is when arriving at ports and airports(King Khalid Airport, King Abdul-Aziz Airport, King Fahd Airport, PrinceMohammed Bin Abdul-Aziz Airport, King Fahd Causeway, and Al-Batha Road) orobtaining visas from representatives of Saudi embassies and consulates abroadto the authorized countries.

In addition, a specialized Saudi center revealed that the totalexpenditure of tourism arrivals to Saudi Arabia increased by 12% to SAR77.3bnduring the first eight months of 2019, compared with the same period last year.

The Tourism Information and Research Center (MAS), which isaffiliated to the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said in astatement today that the incoming tourism expenditure during August amounted toSAR33.7bn, an increase of 23% compared to the same month last year, coincidingwith the pilgrimage season this year.

MAS added in the August 2019 Travel and Tourism IndicatorsBulleting that the Local tourism spending rose from SAR88.3bn to SAR31.3bn inthe same period in 2018.

With regard to the volume of external tourism spending, the Centerexplained that it decreased by 6% to SAR49.3bn during the first eight months of2019, compared to the same period in 2018.

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