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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 visa types
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 49 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 49 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
Saudi e-Visa requirements
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.
Saudi visa FAQ
How long does a Saudi visa take to process?
Is the Saudi tourist visa open for application?
The Saudi tourist e-Visa has been available to 49 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.
Can I travel visa-free to Saudi Arabia?
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.