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Saudi Visa

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a popular travel destination that attracts millions of visitors every year for tourism, pilgrimage, business, employment, education, and other purposes.

To travel to Saudi Arabia, GCC nationals can enter visa-free, while visitors from other countries should apply for a Saudi visa – an official document that allows holders to travel to Saudi Arabia and stay in the Kingdom for a specified period of time. Depending on the purpose of travel to Saudi Arabia, several types of Saudi visas are available for both short and long-term stays.

Saudi Tourist visa

The Saudi tourist visa is available to foreign nationals wishing to travel to Saudi Arabia for tourism purposes. The Saudi tourist visa includes travel to Saudi Arabia for Umrah pilgrimage, except during Hajj season or for long-term activities, such as work or study in Saudi Arabia.

Depending on nationality and residency status, foreign nationals and qualified GCC residents should apply for the Saudi tourist visa in one of the following 2 ways:

  • Saudi e-Visa: Citizens from 65 countries and GCC residents are eligible to apply online for a single-entry visa valid for 3 months, permitting a 30-days stay, or a multiple-entry visa valid for 1 year, allowing a 90-days stay.
  • Saudi Consulate visa: Foreign nationals not eligible to travel visa-free, nor apply online for a Saudi e-Visa, nor obtain a visa-on- arrival, must apply for a Saudi “sticker” visa at their nearest Saudi embassy or representation office abroad. Saudi sticker visas are granted as single-entry for 30 days, or multiple entry for 90 days.

Who is eligible to apply for a Saudi e-visa?

GCC citizens do not require a visa to Saudi Arabia and need only present their passport or national ID at a Saudi point of entry.

Citizens of 65 countries can apply online for a Saudi e-Visa, whereas GCC residents can apply online for the Saudi e-Visa, provided their residency visa has been valid for at least 3 months and they hold an eligible occupation.

Foreign nationals not eligible to travel visa-free to Saudi Arabia, nor eligible to obtain a visa-on-arrival at a Saudi port of entry, nor apply online for a Saudi e-Visa, must apply for a Saudi visa at their nearest Saudi embassy or representation office abroad.

Saudi e-Visa categories​

The Saudi e-Visa is issued either as a single-entry or as a multiple-entry electronic visa:
Single-entry

30 Days

valid for 3 months
Multiple-entry

90 Days

valid for 12 months
Foreign nationals eligible to apply for the Saudi e-Visa will be issued a multiple entry Saudi e-Visa, while GCC residents may be issued a single or multiple-entry Saudi e-Visa, depending on their individual case.

Saudi e-Visa requirements

For travel to Saudi Arabia, e-visa applicants should meet the following requirements:

Passport

Applicants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months or that meets the rules of reciprocity.

Personal photo

Applicant must submit one recent color photo; against a white background; 2x2 inches; 5 to 100 KB natural facial expressions; 80% face; no eyeglasses; no head wear, except for religious reasons.

Application

Apply for your Saudi Arabia tourist e-Visa at SaudiVisa.com by filling out an online Saudi visa application form, complete with your personal data and other requested information.

Please note that visa applicants must be over 18 years old to apply without a parent or legal guardian.

Saudi Arabia visa application

Saudi Arabia has made travel to Saudi Arabia easier than ever. Eligible travelers can now apply online for the Saudi electronic visa at SaudiVisa.com in just a few simple steps.

Complete application form

Fill out application form and submit required documents

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If approved, receive visa directly to your email

For those not eligible to apply online for a Saudi electronic visa, Saudi “sticker” visas should be applied for at your nearest Saudi embassy or representation office. You are advised to contact the Saudi embassy for more information regarding their specific visa application procedures that are relevant to your case.

Saudi visa FAQ

Saudi e-Visas usually within 24 hours to be fully processed and issued. Saudi “sticker” visas usually take between 1 to 2 business days, depending on the individual case.

The Saudi tourist e-Visa has been available to 65 countries and GCC residents, since September 2022. You can apply for your Saudi tourist e-Visa through SaudiVisa.com. Foreign nationals not eligible to apply online for a Saudi tourist e-Visa should apply for a Saudi tourist “sticker” visa at their nearest Saudi embassy or representation office abroad.

Only GCC citizens can travel visa-free to Saudi Arabia, needing only to present their passport or national ID at a Saudi point of entry. GCC residents can apply online for the Saudi e-Visa, and citizens of 49 countries can apply online for a Saudi e-Visa, as well as choose to obtain a Saudi visa-on-arrival at a Saudi point of entry. US, UK, and Schengen visa holders can obtain a visa-on-arrival at a Saudi port of entry, under the condition that they travel with a Saudi national airline and their US/UK/Schengen visa is a residence permit or tourist/business visa and has been used at least once before. All other foreign nationals must apply through their nearest Saudi Arabia embassy or representation office for a sticker or consular visa, prior to traveling to Saudi Arabia.