If you hold a Schengen visa, now you can apply for Saudi Arabia’s latest Tourist e-Visa.
In the previous month, Saudi Arabia started a Tourist e-Visa, a beginning for the Kingdom which so far didn't allow immigrants to enter simply for purposes of tourism. Those qualified for Saudi Arabia’s latest Tourist e-Visa added all Schengen Area citizens as well as Australia, USA, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and Brunei.
New Regulations Introduced by Saudi Arabia
However, as per the new regulations that were declared in the previous week, the list of who can appeal for the latest Tourist e-Visa has been prolonged to incorporate all visa holders of the primary eligible nations. It means, if you hold a Schengen visa and aspire to visit Saudi Arabia, you can easily get the latest Tourist e-Visa, rather than appeal by the longer and more difficult route at diplomatic missions of Saudi Arabia.
The latest Tourist e-Visa enables the holder for several entries into the kingdom and is valid for a year. The highest duration that one can stay in Saudi Arabia continuously is 90 days, but no longer than 180 days entirely.
You can appeal for the visa through online mode and pay a fee of $120, it includes health insurance. You only require your passport and then visa.
So far, Saudi Arabia didn't have a visa, especially for tourism. Entry was limited to Muslim pilgrims intending to visit the holy cities of Medina and Mecca, resident workers & their dependents, business travelers. This visa was started to promote the tourism sector and generate new jobs for the citizens of Saudi Arabia as a part of the current reforms taken by Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince.
It appears to have worked since 24,000 individuals flew to Saudi Arabia within the initial 10 days of the Tourist e-Visa launch, the Foreign Ministry of Saudi Arabia announced. Visitors were principally from China, the US, UK, France, Canada, Germany, Russia, Malaysia, Australia, and Kazakhstan.
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