The Saudi Arabian government has expanded the availability of its e-visa for tourism to more foreign nationals.

Key Points:

  • Saudi authorities have expanded access to e-visas for tourism to nationals of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries if they work in a designated occupation on this list.
  • Permanent residents of the U.K., the U.S. or EU countries as well as those who hold a valid U.K., U.S. or Schengen business or tourist visa, have used that visa at least once and have an entry stamp from the issuing country can obtain an e-visa upon arrival in Saudi Arabia.
  • Individuals must submit e-visa applications through Ministry of Foreign Affair’s online portal.
  • Those who hold an e-visa for tourism cannot perform business activities while in Saudi Arabia.

Additional Information: Eligible individuals can apply for a visa at the nearest Saudi embassy. To apply for a visa through an embassy, applicants must have provide proof of accommodation, a return ticket, proof of employment, a bank statement, a flight itinerary and a home address.

BAL Analysis: The Saudi Arabian government has made e-visas for tourism available to more foreign nationals to help the country’s economy recover from COVID-19.

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