In perhaps an unbelievable move from one of the most closed-off countries. Saudi Arabia opened its doors to tourism in 2019, allowing its very first tourists into Saudi. The Saudi tourist visa is available for 49 nationalities and only takes a few 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 even 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 was one of the first tourists to visit Saudia Arabia on their new tourist visa. Since then I’ve travelled several times on the tourist visa. You can see some of my photos and stories on my Instagram. I’ll also be sharing more places to travel within Saudi, so make sure to subscribe to our mailing list!
*The Saudi tourist visa is currently still available to buy but you aren’t able to travel to Saudi Arabia due to Covid19. They have announced recently all restrictions will be lifted from January 1st but we do not yet know if this would include allowing tourists to enter.
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?
I hope these answers help you with your visit to Saudi Arabia and I’m super excited to see what the future for Saudi involves. The Saudi tourist visa is a hugely exciting step and I look forward to sharing my photos and experiences with you all. Make sure you share your experiences of travelling in Saudi in the comments!