What is the change? Saudi Arabia has begun issuing tourist e-visas and visas on arrival for nationals of 49 countries.

What does the change mean? Eligible travelers can now apply for tourist visas online or upon arrival. Visas will be valid for one year, and good for multiple entries and for stays of up to 90 days during the one-year period. The visas are not valid for business or work activities, only tourism.

  • Implementation time frame: Ongoing. The visas became available on Sept. 27.
  • Visas/permits affected: Tourist e-visas and visas on arrival.
  • Who is affected: Nationals of 49 countries traveling to Saudi Arabia for tourism.
  • Processing times: Most e-visas will be issued within five to 30 minutes; tourist visas will also be available upon arrival at the airport.
  • Impact on business: No impact. Business travel procedures have not changed.

Additional information: The countries whose nationals are eligible for the tourist visas are:

Nationals Eligible for Tourist Visas
Andorra China* France Japan Malta Portugal South Korea
Australia Croatia Germany Kazakhstan Monaco Romania Spain
Austria Cyprus Greece Latvia Montenegro Russian Sweden
Belgium Czech Republic Hungary Liechtenstein Netherlands San Marino Switzerland
Brunei Darussalam Denmark Iceland Lithuania New Zealand Singapore United Kingdom
Bulgaria Estonia Ireland Luxembourg Norway Slovakia United States
Canada Finland Italy Malaysia Poland Slovenia Ukraine

* Including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

Fees for e-visas and visas on arrival will be 440 riyals (300 riyals for the visa, 140 riyals for mandatory health insurance), excluding taxes and processing fees. Additional information is available on this official online portal. Applicants should be sure they use the official website when applying for visas, as officials are concerned about the possibility of unofficial or fake websites.

Nationals of countries not listed above may apply for a Tourist Visa at an embassy or consulate of Saudi Arabia.

Analysis & Comments: The e-visa and visa on arrival programs are a sign that Saudi Arabia is opening up to international tourism. Travelers should note, however, that while these visas are valid for tourist visits, they cannot be used for business activities, work, or performing umrah.

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