Saudi Visa Requirements

Saudi Visa Requirements

Planning your trip?

Follow the three simple steps below to satisfy entry requirements to Saudi Arabia.

Ready to explore the warmth and hospitality of the Saudi people and discover Arabia’s rich heritage, vibrant culture and breathtaking landscapes? Come experience it all — from the mountains of Abha to the beaches of the Red Sea and the shifting sands of the Empty Quarter. 

Visitors can acquire a multiple-entry visa valid for a year that will allow them to stay in the country for up to 90 days. “The tourist visa allows you to take part in tourism-related activities such as, events, family & relatives visits, leisure, and Umrah (excluding Hajj) and excludes other activities such as studying.”

Here is what you need to know.

  • STEP 1 - Check if you need a Saudi Visa

     

    Saudi welcomes all visitors. First, review the information below to figure out which of the following three visa categories you belong to, then follow the required process.

    Note: GCC citizens need only a valid passport, no visa is required.

Visa Categories

  • eVisa for GCC Residents
    Who is eligible for a visa, and what is required?
    • Minimum age of applicants is 18. (For children under 18, the parent is required to apply first.)
    • When applying, passport must be valid for at least six months. Applicants also must have a residency visa from a GCC country that has been valid for three months.
    • For religious tourists, please note that visa holders can perform Umrah anytime except during the Hajj season.
    • Resident’s occupation should be among the eligible occupations listed on the portal. Check this page.
    • Applicants must complete separate visa applications for each member of their direct family and must accompany the member upon entering Saudi.

    What is the cost?
    • The cost for the eVisa is SAR300 plus full health insurance fees.
    • The multiple-entry tourist visa is valid for one year from the date of issuance, and the permissible period of stay is 90 days.
    • The single-entry tourist visa is valid for three months from the date of issuance, and the permissible period of stay is 30 days.
    • The visa application fee is non-refundable.

    How can I apply?

    You can apply through MOFA.

  • eVisa and Visa on Arrival
    Who is eligible for a visa, and what is required?
    • Tourists from the 49 eligible countries listed below can apply for a tourist visa online through the quick and easy-to-use eVisa platform before travelling, or upon arrival in Saudi through the visa offices of the Immigration Department.
    • Minimum age of applicants is 18. (Underage applicants require a person older than 18 to act as their guardian).
    • When applying, the passport validity must suffice for at least six months at the time of entering Saudi.
    • Religion of applicants is not relevant.
    • Countries with bilateral agreements (USA, UK, South Korea and Japan) can apply for the visit visa through eVisa or visa on arrival, or through consulate  Saudi embassies and consulates.

    What is the cost?
    • The cost for the tourist eVisa is SAR535. The visa cost includes a fee for full health insurance during your stay in Saudi.
    • The cost for the tourist visa on arrival is SAR480.
    • The multiple-entry tourist visa is valid for one year from the date of issuance, and the permissible period of stay is 90 days.
    • For eVisa and visa on arrival, payment must be made in Saudi riyals using an international credit or debit card.
    • Overstay fees: SAR100 for each day of overstay when the visa expires without leaving Saudi. A refund in case of rejection is not possible. Visa fees are nonrefundable. 
    • US, UK or Schengen (business or tourist) visas holders are eligible for the visa on arrival; the visa must be used at least once and has an entry stamp from the issuing country.
    • US, UK or EU permanent residents are eligible for the visa on arrival.
       
    How long does the process take?
    • Time taken to issue an eVisa is 5 to 30 minutes in most cases.

    How can I apply?
    • Application for eVisa for the eligible 49 counties is done through the eVisa platform.

    Eligible countries for the Saudi eVisa:
    • North America: Canada, United States.
    • Europe: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia. San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom.
    • Asia: Brunei, China (Including Hong Kong and Macau), Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea.
    • Oceania: Australia, New Zealand. 
  • Consulate Visa
    Who is eligible for a visa, and what is required?
    • Minimum age of applicants is 18. (Underage applicants require a person older than 18 to act as their guardian.)
    • When applying, the passport validity must suffice for at least six months at the time of entering Saudi.
    • Religion of applicants is not relevant.
    • Sponsor is not required for the visa application.
    • Refund in case of rejection is not possible, visa fees are nonrefundable.
    • Overstay fees: SAR100 for each day of overstay when the visa expires without leaving Saudi. A refund in case of rejection is not possible. Visa fees are nonrefundable.
    • The multiple-entry tourist visa is valid for one year from the date of issuance, and the permissible period of stay is 90 days.
    • The single-entry tourist visa is valid for three months from the date of issuance, and the permissible period of stay is 30 days.
       
    Documents required include:
    • Proof of accommodation
    • Return ticket
    • Proof of employment
    • Financial solvency/bank statement
    • Flight itinerary
    • Complete personal information
    • Home address

    How long does the process take?
    • Visa pre-checks are conducted by all airlines before boarding flights to Saudi.
    • Time taken to issue a visa is one to two business days in most cases.
  • STEP 2 - Book your flight & hotel

     

    There are dozens of major airports and airlines that can give you access to every part of the country. Whether you are looking for a beach resort, a desert get-away, or an urban experience, Saudi’s hotel options are plentiful and marked by superior hospitality.

    The biggest national airlines are:

    Saudia

    flynas

    flyadeal

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