- Saudi Arabia announces issuing tourist visas for the first time in its history, opening a new visa for citizens of 49 countries to explore Saudi Arabia.
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 SAR140 and the total value is SAR440 paid by each tourist, in addition to the added value and treatment fees. The validity period of the visa will be 360 days from the issuance. The period of stay in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be 90 days for each visit and will not exceed180 days per year.
How to Issue Tourist Visa
Tourists can register via the online platform or use visa-equipped machines in minutes. The other method is when arriving at ports and airports (King Khalid Airport, King Abdul-Aziz Airport, King Fahd Airport, Prince Mohammed Bin Abdul-Aziz Airport, King Fahd Causeway, and Al-Batha Road) or obtaining visas from representatives of Saudi embassies and consulates abroad to the authorized countries.
In addition, a specialized Saudi center revealed that the total expenditure of tourism arrivals to Saudi Arabia increased by 12% to SAR77.3bn during the first eight months of 2019, compared with the same period last year.
The Tourism Information and Research Center (MAS), which is affiliated to the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said in a statement today that the incoming tourism expenditure during August amounted to SAR33.7bn, an increase of 23% compared to the same month last year, coinciding with the pilgrimage season this year.
MAS added in the August 2019 Travel and Tourism Indicators Bulleting that the Local tourism spending rose from SAR88.3bn to SAR31.3bn in the same period in 2018.
With regard to the volume of external tourism spending, the Center explained that it decreased by 6% to SAR49.3bn during the first eight months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018.