Saudi Arabia has announced new regulations that allow residents of the GCC countries to apply for an evisa and residents of the UK, US and the EU to apply for visa on arrival.
Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Khateeb signed on Thursday a ministerial order that will make visiting Saudi Arabia quicker and easier and the country more accessible.
Holders of a valid tourist or business visa from the UK, the US or one of the Schengen Agreement countries can continue to obtain visa on arrival, provided that the applicant has visited at least once the country that has granted the visa.
The ministerial order removes the requirement of many would-be tourists to visit their country's embassy before entering Saudi Arabia, increasing opportunities for potential travelers through a simplified visa regime.
“Elevating the visitor experience is at the heart of the tourism sector's future. Through harnessing digital innovation and streamlining the journey, Saudi Arabia is welcoming more and more visitors from all corners of the world,” Al-Khateeb said.
“This is an important step as we develop a sustainable, resilient and competitive tourism sector while also delivering for our people. Tourism bridges cultures and connects communities, it provides opportunities and uplifts neighborhoods,” he added.
Tourist visas are no exception with over 1 million evisas having been issued since its launch in 2019, the ministry said in a statement.