It is finally here, folks.
Saudi Arabia has, finally, formally announced that tourist visas will now be issued in the country
For the first time ever, visitors from 49 countries will be eligible to apply for tourist visas to Saudi Arabia.
While religious tourism has also been a key factor in Saudi Arabia’s income, with pilgrims from all over the world coming to Saudi Arabia to visit the holy sites of Makkah and Madinah, the government has been keen to market the rest of Saudi Arabia as a tourist destination as well.
These tourist visas will be valid for 360 days from the date of issue for stays of 90 days or less
For residents of those 49 countries, visas will be obtainable online via a seven-minute application process, or on arrival at machine kiosks or special counters in any of Saudi Arabia’s four international airports.
Kickstarting tourism is one of the centerpieces of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030 reform program to prepare the country for the post-oil era.
Applications for the tourist visas will commence on Sepember. 28.