Saudi Arabia begins welcoming tourists and relaxes dress code for female tourists
Plus, everything you need to know about applying for the new Saudi tourism visa…
Saudi Arabia has unveiled a new tourism strategy that will see the country welcome tourist visa applications from residents of 49 countries.
As of Saturday September 28, tourists can obtain a 90-day, multiple entry visa to Saudi Arabia.
— Visit Saudi (@VisitSaudiNow) September 27, 2019
At the same announcement on Friday September 27, Saudi officials also confirmed that the dress code for female tourists would be relaxed, meaning female visitors will not need to wear an abaya. However, female tourists visiting the kingdom will still need to wear “modest clothing,” said Ahmed Al-Khateeb, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage. Female tourists will still be required to cover their knees and shoulders.
Previously, visit visas were only granted to tourists for one-off events, business trips, religious pilgrimages or family gatherings.
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Who can apply for the visa
Citizens from the following countries are all eligible for the new Saudi e-visas and visas on arrival:
|China, including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan
How to apply for a Saudi tourist visa
You can now apply for the e-visa via visitsaudi.com or contact your nearest Saudi embassy or consulate.
For e-visas and visas on arrival, you’ll need your passport with a minimum of six months validity, accommodation address and a hard copy of the visa (a soft copy is also advised).
How long is it valid
The visa is valid for one year, with multiple entries permitted. Tourists can stay up to three months per entry, but cannot stay longer than 90 days in the one-year period.
Cost of a Saudi tourist visa
The Saudi tourist visa is priced at SAR 440 (Dh431) plus VAT.