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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is located in the Arabian Peninsula. It is neighbours with other major Middle Eastern countries such as Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Yemen. Riyadh is the capital and most famous city in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia Visa Guide is prepared for you to access key information on the country’s visa rules and regulations. You can discover country-specific visa requirements and necessary documents that will be useful throughout your application. As the first step of your preparations, you can purchase your “Saudi Arabia Flight Ticket” online.
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As part of Saudi Arabia’s visa regime, nationals of all foreign countries must apply for entry visas depending on the nature of their visit. Nationals of the following countries have visa-waiver agreements with Saudi Arabia: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates. Accordingly, citizens of certain countries are eligible to apply for electronic visa/visa on arrival which is valid for up to 90 days. The countries whose passport holders are allowed to obtain visa on arrival include all the EU member states, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Ukraine, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Andorra, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and USA. You can submit your application online.
Different types of visas for entry to Saudi Arabia are categorized as tourist visa, business visit visa, personal visit visa, student visa, family visit visa, hajj/umrah visa and transit visa for short-term visits. Companion visa, employment visa or residence visa can be obtained for longer term stays whereas single, double or multiple-entry visas distinguish the frequency of travels. Single-entry visa enables visitors to stay in Saudi Arabia for one month, while the multiple entry visa grants stays up to three months. The e-visa is valid for up to 90 days in one year period with multiple-entry possibility.
Short-term visa can be issued for predetermined periods, in line with the applicant’s nature of visit and for stays that are not exceeding up to 90 days.
Tourist visa for Saudi Arabia is issued to foreign nationals who are asked to obtain an entry visa to visit for tourism and entertainment related purposes. Tourist visa holders can remain in Saudi Arabia for up to 90 days. King Khalid International Airport (Riyadh), King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (Jeddah), King Fahad International Airport (Dammam), Prince Mohammed bin Abdul-Aziz International Airport (Madinah), King Fahad Causeway and Al Bathaa Land Port are eligible entry points to obtain visa on arrival.
Business visa is granted to foreign nationals who are visiting Saudi Arabia for business reasons. Holder of a business visa may attend a conference, meeting, fair or engage in commercial activities. An invitation letter from a Saudi company may be required for the application process.
Third country nationals who intend to visit their family, relatives or friends can obtain a family visit visa. Travelers who will be visiting friends can get a visitor visa. Proof of relationship between the application and inviter is necessary. Minors who are aged under 18 and are travelling without guardians are requested to submit a notarized letter written by their parents.
Foreign travelers are asked to obtain an entry visa to visit Saudi Arabia with the purpose of participating cultural or sports related events. Hajj visa is a special category of Saudi visa which is given to pilgrims. Applicants should process their hajj visa request within designated times,between the 15th day of Shawwal and the 25th day of Dhu’l-Qaeda. Muslim women are not allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia alone, unless they are 45 or over.
Foreign travelers who would like to go to Saudi Arabia for short-term education or training purposes shall apply for a short-term student or work visa. Applicants should get a long term visa and a work permit for stays exceeding 90 days. The prospective employer or education institution must provide the applicant with an official admission letter.
Long-term visa enables its holder to enter Saudi Arabia for periods extending over 90 days.
A work visa is issued for full time work in Saudi Arabia where the applicant is required to submit a contract of employment provided by the employer. Medical report or a certificate demonstrating the applicant’s qualifications may be asked during the application process.
Foreign students who wish to take part in Saudi Arabian education institutions are requested to get a student visa. The visa is issued for maximum one year but applying for a residence permit is obligatory for long-term stays. An admission letter along with proof of adequate financial funds are among the key documents to submit during the application for a student visa.
Saudi Arabia Premium Residency is granted to qualified foreign citizens upon proof of a valid passport and sufficient financial funds. Accordingly, certain benefits are ensured such as recruitment, business and property ownership with equal rights as Saudi citizens.
Transit visa is given to travelers who will have stopovers at one of the Saudi airports for transits exceeding 12 hours. Saudi transit visa enables the traveler to pass through its international zone without permitting to leave the airport.
Tourist visa requirements for travelling to Saudi Arabia are explained in detail below. Please be aware of the fact that the required documents may differ depending on the term and purpose of your stay, hence the category of your visa. The Consulate reserves its right to ask for additional documents.
Additional specific documents may be asked to enclose your application depending on your employment status.
Students or unemployed/retired people who are not in a position to cover their own travel expenses will need to demonstrate support from a sponsor who will borne the full costs. The sponsor is entitled to certain requirements. Hence, only first grade relatives can fulfill this position. You can check our website for all the relevant details.
In addition to above mentioned application documents, general requirements include:
Nationals of the EU member states are asked for entry visas to travel to Saudi Arabia. However, they can apply for e-visa/visa on arrival as well.
UK, Canadian and US citizens must comply with the visa requirements to travel to Saudi Arabia. They are also eligible to apply for e-visa/visa on arrival.
The visa fee may change depending on the type of visa applied to visit Saudi Arabia. As of March 2020, the visa fee comprises of the processing costs, unless stated otherwise. Also, beware that the fee is non-refundable which means that the rejection of your application will not be reimbursed.
|All Visit Visa including e-Visa, Visa-on-Arrival and Consulate Visa
||Base Fee:SAR 300 (approximately 79 USD) + Health Insurance: SAR 140 (approximately 37 USD)|
NOTE: This article was prepared in March 2020. Please check up-to-date information published by official sources.
It is possible to submit the request for a multiple entry visa which will be evaluated based on the frequency and relevance of your travel. However, you will be asked to prove your specific reasons and provide evidence of your frequent travels.
Yes, your application may be rejected on certain grounds although rejection based on religion is not be relevant. In case of rejection, you will be notified with the reasons of rejection and deadlines for submission of an appeal. In any case the visa fee will be non-refundable.
You can track your application status online for e-visa applications. If you are submitting your visa application through the Consulate, make sure to check it online or consult with the authorized organizations.
E-visa applications can be processed in approximately 5-30 minutes. The application procedure may take up to 2 days when submitted through the Consulate.
Due to existing tensions between Israel and the Arab League countries, Israel citizens or foreign visitors with Israeli stamp on their passports may be further interrogated about the nature of their visit.
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