In perhaps an unbelievable move from one of the most closed-off countries. Saudi Arabia has opened its doors this weekend, allowing its very first tourists into Saudi. The Saudi tourist visa is available for 49 nationalities and only takes 7 minutes to be approved online. In the lead up to the announcement, we saw promotional videos showing a different side to Saudi, rarely glimpsed by those except Gulf nationals and Saudi’s themselves! So finally with its doors now opening to tourism here’s everything you need to know about the Saudi tourist visa.
I’ll be travelling there shortly and making the most of being able to be one of the first tourists to visit Saudia Arabia on the visa. Once I’ve travelled there, I’ll update this article with more information and create a guide to things to see and do while in Saudi along with what the process is like overall. You can follow me on Instagram to be the first to find out when I post the next blog and see my updates from inside The Kingdom.
How much does the Saudi tourist visa cost?
The cost is 440 SAR + VAT and lasts for one year. This is made up of 300 SAR for the visa fee and 140 SAR covering health insurance. If rejected, visa fees are none refundable.
How long is the visa valid for?
The visa is a multiple entry visa valid for one year and a total stay of 90 days.
What nationalities can apply?
Update for 2020
You can also can the e-visa on arrival if you have a Schengen, US or UK visa which will be valid for throughout your stay in Saudi Arabia. You will also have to have used it before you enter KSA.
Where do you apply for the visa and what are the requirements?
Can I visit as a single woman?
What should I wear? Do I have to wear an abaya and cover my hair as a woman?
Are there any restrictions?
What else should I know?