With Pakistan and India having the largest chunk of Pilgrims every year, Saudi Arabia has provided something extra special for Muslims of both the countries.
Saudi Arabia has introduced one-year multiple entry visit visas for Pakistanis and Indians. The new multiple-visa will be valid for one year and the visitors will also be allowed to perform Umrah.
Visitors can get visa on arrival at any international airport in Saudi Arabia but they must have a credit card to pay fee amounting to SR440 (Dh431) as cash is not accepted.
The one-year multiple entry visa is also available for all other applicants who have a valid UK, US or Schengen visa stamped on their passports. However, this visa does not allow the applicant to perform Hajj.
The applicants will be allowed to stay for 90 days and can enter the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia multiple times during the validity period of their visit visa.
A reservation agent at the Saudi Airlines in Dubai told Gulf News that the new visa service started last month. “Anyone who has a valid UK, US or Schengen visa can obtain visit visa to Saudi Arabia on arrival. However, visa is issued to only those applicants who have used their US, UK or Schengen visa for at least once. You will not be given visa on arrival if you have US, UK or Schegen visa stamped on your passport but have never used it,” she explained.
Inorder to expand its tourism sector, Saudi Arabia announced the long awaited tourist visa as part of the “Vision 2030”. Visitors are forbidden from visiting the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.
For Muslims, visitors may travel for Umrah on a tourist eVisa outside of Hajj season only.
Apply For Visa Online:
All the different kinds of e-Visa are available for application online.
The 90-day visit visa was introduced in September, which allows the applicant to enter the country for leisure purposes and it enables them to stay in Saudi Arabia for up to 90 days.
The process of such a visa is very easy and complete process can be completed online. Once the application is submitted and accepted, the applicant will receive an electronic visa that must be shown to immigration officers upon arrival.
Passport should be valid for six months from their date of entry into the country.
Applicants must make payment through credit card of SR440 as Visa Fee.
Requirements for visa on arrival
- Valid passport for at least six months
- Valid US, UK or Schengen visa stamped on the passport
- The US, UK or Schenegen visa must be utilised for at least once before entering Saudi Arabia
- Applicant must hold a credit card as no cash payment is accepted
- Application fee SR440 for each applicant
- One-year-multiple visa
- Maximum stay 90 days
- Umrah is allowed but visit visa holder cannot perform Haj
Citizens of following countries are eligible for online Saudi Arabia visit visa
Canada, USA, 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, Brunei, China (Including Hong Kong and Macau), Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand