Saudi Arabia opening doors to 49 countries with the new tourist visa – What you need to know

Posted on October 1, 2019 by in Cheap Visas, Travel News

Saudi Arabia is launching a new visa regime for 49 countries. The Muslim kingdom, relatively closed off for decades, has in recent years relaxed strict social codes. They stopped segregating men and women in public places and requiring women to wear all-covering black robes or abayas.

How to apply

Visas will be available online, with no restrictions for unaccompanied women as in the past. Access to the Muslim holy cities of Makkah and Medina is restricted.

You can apply for an e-visa here. You can also contact your nearest Saudi embassy or consulate. The visa is valid for one year with multiple entries, during which you can stay for up to three months per entry. A single entry visa allows you to stay for one month in Saudi Arabia. The cost of applying for an e-visa or a visa on arrival is 440 riyals (around $117).

What documents do you need?

For E-Visa and Visa on Arrival:

  • Passport, with validity for more than 6 months at the time of entering Saudi Arabia
  • Address of accommodation
  • A hard copy of the visa

For Consulate-approved visa

  • Passport, with validity for more than 6 months at the time of entering Saudi Arabia
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Return ticket
  • Proof of employment
  • Bank statement
  • Supporting information includes: ID, home address, travel itinerary

What countries can apply for the visa?

Saudi Arabia is launching a new visa regime for 49 countries. They will be eligible to apply for e-visas and visas on arrival:

  • USA
  • Canada
  • Kazakhstan
  • Singapore
  • Brunei
  • New Zealand
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • Spain
  • Belgium
  • Malaysia
  • Austria
  • Cyprus
  • UK
  • Croatia
  • Estonia
  • Andorra
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Bulgaria
  • France
  • Hungary
  • Czech Republic
  • Holland
  • Italy
  • Finland
  • Ireland
  • Lithuania
  • Greece
  • Liechtenstein
  • Monaco
  • Iceland
  • Malta
  • Poland
  • Latvia
  • Norway
  • Russia
  • Luxembourg
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Montenegro
  • Slovakia
  • Switzerland
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
  • Australia
  • San Marino
  • Ukraine
  • China, including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan


About the author: Mila Kostic is a native of Belgrade, Serbia. After majoring in sociology at the Belgrade University she has been working as tutor and coach. Prior to taking on her role at Mighty Travels, she wrote for a video games, fitness, and health lifestyle website. After starting her work with the Mighty Travels team she discovered her passion for travel and travel writing. Now, she is focused on bringing you the newest travel news. In her portfolio here at Mighty Travels, you can find articles on Airline news, hottest credit card deals, tips and tricks on earning miles and much more. You can reach her at [email protected]

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