Saudi Arabia Reopens Visa on Arrival for US, UK, Schengen visa holders

The Saudi Arabian government reopened their visa-on-arrival program for valid visa holders for the United States, United Kingdom, and Schengen area.

According to state news Saudi Press Agency (SPA), citizens of any country holding one of the three visas and traveling on Saudi’s national carriers – Saudi, Flynas, or Flyadeal – can now receive 12-month tourism on arrival without the need to apply in advance.

This new development, which came two weeks after Saudi lifted all COVID-related entry restrictions, will take effect immediately.

“Visitors holding a valid US, UK, or Schengen visa must have used it at least once to enter the issuing country or region in order to qualify for a visa on arrival in Saudi,” SPA said.

Ahmed Al-Khateeb, Minister of Tourism of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Chairman of Saudi Tourism Authority, said this marks the final step in the country’s return to a pre-pandemic level of openness.

“This decision by the government will further support the many thousands of people who depend on tourism for their livelihoods while welcoming the world back to the destination with the warm hospitality for which the Saudi people are renowned,” Al-Khateeb said.

Saudi requires visitors to purchase COVID-19 insurance at any of its international airports.

Those citizens of any country eligible for the e-visa program introduced in 2019 may also receive a visa on arrival, regardless of the airline they are traveling with.


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