Saudi Arabia announces major visa changes, changes passport rules for 63 countries

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Saudi Arabia announces major visa changes, changes passport rules for 63 countries

Saudi Arabia announced it will issue electronic visas to six new countries.

The Ministry of Tourism announced that it will issue electronic visas to visitors from Turkey, Thailand, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles and Mauritius.

This visa is for leisure, business and religious travel (Umrah only), bringing the total number of countries with electronic tourist visas to 63.

Saudi e-visa change

Electronic tourist visas are also available to holders of valid Schengen, UK and US visas that were used to enter these countries before arriving in Saudi Arabia, as well as permanent residents of these countries. EU and GCC countries, UK and USA.

Saudi Arabia offers a free 96-hour transit visa, allowing passengers traveling through SAUDIA and Flynas to stay in the country for up to 96 hours before reaching their final destination.


This step is a continuation of efforts to support economic development and diversification to achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. This includes increasing the tourism sector’s contribution to GDP from 3% to more than 10%. , and provide one million job opportunities in Saudi Arabia’s tourism sector.

Ministry of Tourism launches e-tourist visa in 2019 to give tourists and visitors from eligible countries the opportunity to explore the Kingdom’s tourist attractions, participate in events entertain and experience Saudi Arabian culture and its authentic traditions.

The ministry intends to continue expanding the number of countries and regions whose citizens may receive visitor e-visa, coinciding with the ongoing development and expansion of the tourism sector infrastructure in the Kingdom.

As previously reported on Arabian Business, under the new system, arriving travelers will no longer need a visa sticker on their passport.

A circular issued by the kingdom’s civil aviation authority, GACA, said Saudi visa stickers will be replaced by printed electronic visas with QR codes.

The code will contain all necessary data and passenger information. Electronic visas will replace stickers for work, visit or residence visas.

North America

  • Canada
  • Panama
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • United States


  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Netherlands
  • 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


  • Azerbaijan
  • Brunei
  • China (including Hong Kong and Macau)
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Uzbekistan


  • South Africa
  • Mauritius
  • Seychelles


  • Australia
  • New Zealand

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