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This content was updated in May 2022

If you're wondering if Saudi Arabia has opened borders yet, the answer is yes, the Saudi government re-opened for tourism on 29 September 2021. When traveling to Saudi Arabian territory, there will be certain requirements to enter this beautiful kingdom and one of those is acquiring a Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa. The Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa application allows travelers to enter the country for leisure purposes. It enables travelers to stay in Saudi Arabia for up to 90 days in total and make Multiple Entry into the country. Whether you wish to apply for a Hajj or an Umrah Saudi Arabia visa, with iVisa.com you will find a simple and quick way to apply, as well as learning further details about the Saudi Arabia visa fees, eligible countries, and other tourist visa services.

Saudi Arabia e Visa - All you need to know

What is the Saudi Arabia e-Visa?

The Saudi Arabia Tourist eVisa is a way to spend less time going to embassies or consulates and filling out complicated forms, and instead, doing it all online. It grants travelers the right to enter the country for leisure purposes only, otherwise you would need to apply for a business visa or another type according to your travel purpose. The tourist visa enables foreign citizens to stay and enter Saudi Arabia for an authorized period of 90 days in total and enter multiple times into the country. You can get the tourist visa by filling out a simple online form at iVisa.com and we’ll review it to ensure there are no mistakes, as well as giving you the travel advisory you need for your Saudi arrival registration.

To obtain The Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa, in addition to supplying some information about you and your planned trip, like travel itinerary proof, Saudi Arabia requires you to submit an applicant photo to get your tourist Visa successfully issued. Although this is not a requirement to obtain the e-Visa, to enter the country travelers must also have a health insurance.

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Who can enter Saudi Arabia with this document?

According to Saudi general authority and laws, the Tourist e Visa application is available for citizens of over 50 countries.

The following is a list of eligible countries for the Saudi Arabia Visa:

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Andorra, Australia. Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, China (including Taiwan and Macau), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.

Note that for non-Muslim visitors, the Saudi Arabia Tourist eVisa is granted for tourism purposes ONLY. Visitors are forbidden from visiting the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. For Muslim travelers coming from other countries, pilgrims may travel for Umrah on a tourist Visa outside of Hajj season ONLY.

Once the application is submitted and accepted, the applicant will receive an electronic visa that must be shown to the immigration officers upon arrival. Yes, it’s that simple.

How do I apply for my Saudi Arabia Tourist e-Visa?

Luckily, with the help of iVisa.com you can learn more about the Saudi Arabia Tourist e-Visa and apply for it in these 3 simple steps:

  • Step 1: Answer a couple of questions like basic information about yourself and your trip. Remember to be sure you are making the right choice when you need to pick the document you want to apply for.
  • Step 2: Once you’ve made sure you selected the Saudi Arabia Tourist e-Visa As well as having provided the correct information, you just have to make another simple choice regarding the Saudi Arabia e-Visa Fees and the processing times you are going for, so you can pay the fees easily using a credit or debit card.
  • Step 3: Finally, add any documents, if required, and click ‘Submit’.

You will receive an email with a PDF confirmation that has a QR code attached that our team will send you. Once you arrive in South Arabia, you only need to show it with the other solicited documents if needed at the airport and you can begin your journey.

What documents do I need to present upon arrival in Saudi Arabia?

Upon arrival in the Saudi country, you need to present your passport along with your Saudi Arabia e-Visa, which must be printed. In addition, you’ll need to display a mandatory health declaration and a health insurance certificate. Please note that fully vaccination is not required for entry.

In accordance with the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to obtain your Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa, you will need the following:

  • Letter from a host in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia or
  • Hotel reservations / Proof of lodging
  • National Identification Card or Birth Certificate
  • Valid Travel Document / Valid Passport details Scan
  • Bank statements as proof that you can sustain your travel expenses during your stay
  • Departure ticket
  • Recent Passport photo in color. If you do not have one, we also offer a passport photo service to help you obtain it quickly.

Traveling with minors

If you’re traveling with your family and your travel group includes minors, you don’t need a visa for them. However, parents or legal guardians must add minors to their own visa online accounts. If you try to complete a separate application for minors, you may receive a Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa error.

To avoid going down that path you can use our Visa services for your next trip to Saudi Arabia.

What is the cost to obtain the Saudi Arabia Visa?

Applicants will be required to pay the visa cost and medical insurance for any emergency that may occur abroad, which sums up to USD 144.00. The cost can be broken into:

  • Visa Cost: USD 87.00
  • Medical Insurance in case of an emergency abroad: USD 38.00

Additionally, there are 3 options for your iVisa.com processing fee:

  • Standard Processing: USD 36.00
  • Rush Processing: USD 63.50
  • Super Rush Processing: USD 83.50

Please note that the time it will take to get your Saudi Arabia e-Visa depends on the processing time you choose. We offer three options at our web portal:

  • Standard Processing: 5 days
  • Rush Processing: 3 days
  • Super Rush Processing: 24 hours

Keep in mind that the Saudi Arabia eVisa is a Multiple Entry visa and has a validity of 1 year after issued. Its expiration date will be specified in your e-Visa once it has been issued. Although your entry to Saudi Arabia can be at any time of the 365 days of validity, your total stay may not exceed 90 days in Total. After this period of time, if you want to stay longer you might need to look for a residence permit instead, for this you will need to contact a Saudi Arabian Embassy.

What conditions must the applicant’s passport meet to obtain the Saudi Arabia Visa?

Remember that in order to get a tourist visa, the following conditions are important:

  • Your travel document has to be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival. Also, your passport should have at least one page available for stamping.
  • The traveler must apply for this visa at least 24 hours before the trip to Saudi Arabia.
  • The e Visa can be used for air travel, on Albatha land port through Dubai and King Fahad bridge through Bahrain.

Does obtaining an eVisa guarantee me entry into Saudi Arabia?

NO. Possession of an electronic visa for Saudi Arabia does not provide an automatic right of entry for the holder into the country. The Immigration Officer at the port of entry may refuse entry to any person, if he considers that such a person is unable to fulfill the immigration requirements or that such person's presence in Saudi Arabia would be contrary to national interests or security.

COVID -19 Requirements and Restrictions

Do I need a COVID vaccine or vaccination certificate to enter Saudi Arabia?

No, you don't. COVID vaccination certificates are not mandatory to enter Saudi Arabia at this time. However, travelers will need to get a health insurance before arriving in this country.

For more information on up-to-date Saudi safety, vaccination status, and requirements, please check with your country's embassy or consulate.

Other vaccination requirements for travel to Saudi Arabia

Besides the COVID19 vaccine, the Yellow Fever vaccine is recommended if traveling to a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. More information in the following links: https://www.who.int/ith/ITH_Annex_I.pdf

Why buy a COVID-19 self-testing kit? (US residents only)

Don't waste vacation time searching for a COVID-19 test center. Even if you don't need to take a test to enter Saudi Arabia, you will need a negative COVID-19 test result to enter the US. Simplify testing by ordering the eMed self-testing COVID-19 kit online. Pack the test in your suitcase and self-test no more than 3 days prior to your flight back to the US.

The eMed self-test COVID-19 kit includes 6 rapid antigen tests that meet major US airline's entry requirements- perfect for travelers on round-trip journeys from the United States!

Order your test kit before your trip and it will be delivered to your home address for easy testing, anywhere, anytime. The Certified Guide will help you get results in 15 minutes on the NAVICA app. Get the eMed self-test COVID-19 kit for $150- that’s only $25 per test.

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Remember that for further details, the customer service team at iVisa.com is here 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about the Saudi Arabia Tourist visa services or any of the other services we offer.

Required Documents to Apply
  • Applicant Photo

Important Instructions
  • US RESIDENTS ONLY: To return to the US you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test the day before your entry date. Don’t waste time looking for a test lab in Saudi Arabia. Simplify travel with the purchase of an eMed test kit. Order yours now and pack it in your luggage. Then follow the Certified Guide’s online instructions to take the mandatory test 24 hours before your journey back to the US.

  • Travelers must have their passport with at least 6-months validity from the date of arrival and have at least 1 page available for stamping.

  • The Saudi Arabia Tourist e-Visa allows applicants Multiple Entry in Saudi Arabia and visitors can remain in the country for up to 90 days in Total.

  • You can apply for a Saudi Arabia Tourist e-Visa if the purpose of your visit is leisure (tourism).

  • Possession of a Tourist Visa for Saudi Arabia does not provide automatic right of entry for the holder into the Country. The Immigration Officer at the port of entry may refuse entry to any person, if he considers that such a person is unable to fulfill the immigration requirements or that such person's presence in Saudi Arabia would be contrary to national interests or security.

  • Minor applicants are required to provide the account of their parents/guardians.

  • Accepted vaccines are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Janssen.

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Our Company is accredited and recognized by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and has a validated IATA Agency Code. If you want to check this information you can verify our membership using our bearing No. 23716873 at http://store.iata.org/ieccacfree.

Remember that the customer service team at iVisa.com is here 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about our service.

No, you don't. COVID vaccination certificates are not mandatory to enter Saudi Arabia at this time. However, travelers will need to get a health insurance before arriving in this country.

For more information on up-to-date Saudi safety, vaccination status, and requirements, please check with your country's embassy or consulate.

  • COVID test requirements: There are no testing requirements.

The eMed self-test COVID-19 kit includes 6 rapid antigen tests that meet major US airline's entry requirements- perfect for travelers on round-trip journeys from the United States!

Order your test kit before your trip and it will be delivered to your home address for easy testing, anywhere, anytime. The Certified Guide will help you get results in 15 minutes on the NAVICA app. Get the eMed self-test COVID-19 kit for $150- that’s only $25 per test.

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  • Quarantine requirements: There are no quarantine requirements.
Yes, visitors to Saudi Arabia must obtain a visa prior to entry except for nationalities that are from visa exempt country. Nationalities that require a visa may visit for 90 days in Total for purposes of tourism. Get Started.
The Saudi Arabia e-Visa is an official document that grants the right to enter multiple times to Saudi Arabia. There is no need to make an appointment or present original documents to the Embassy or Consular Office. You can get the eVisa by filling out a simple online form at iVisa.com and we’ll review it to ensure there are no mistakes. Get Started.

Applicants will be required to pay the visa cost and medical insurance, which sums up to USD 144.00. The cost can be broken into:

  • Visa Cost: USD 87.00
  • Medical Insurance: USD 38.00

Additionally, there is a service fee of:

  • Standard Processing: USD 36.00
  • Rush Processing: USD 63.50
  • Super Rush Processing: USD 83.50 Get Started.
It depends on the processing time you choose. We offer three options:
  • Standard Processing: 5 days
  • Rush Processing: 3 days
  • Super Rush Processing: 24 hours Get Started.
The Saudi Arabia e-Visa is a Multiple Entry visa and has a validity of 1 year after issued. Its expiration date will be specified in your e-Visa once it’s issued. Although your entry to Saudi Arabia can be at any time of the 365 days of validity, your total stay may not exceed 90 days in Total. Get Started.
Yellow Fever vaccine is recommended if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. More information in the following link: https://www.who.int/ith/ITH_Annex_I.pdf
Your travel document has to be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival. Also, your passport should have at least one page available for stamping. Get Started.
The Saudi Arabia e-Visa allows holders Multiple Entry. Get Started.
The traveler must apply for this visa at least 24 hours before the trip to Saudi Arabia. Get Started.
Yes, the eVisa can be used on Albatha land port through Dubai and King Fahad bridge through Bahrain. Get Started.
NO. Possession of an electronic visa for Saudi Arabia does not provide automatic right of entry for the holder into the Country. The Immigration Officer at the port of entry may refuse entry to any person, if he considers that such a person is unable to fulfil the immigration requirements or that such person's presence in Saudi Arabia would be contrary to national interests or security. Get Started.
Upon arrival in Saudi Arabia, you need to present your passport along with your Saudi Arabia e-Visa, which must be printed. In addition, you’ll need to display a mandatory health declaration and negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken within 72 hours before departure. Get Started.

The following is a list of countries eligible for the Saudi Arabia e-Visa:

  • Andorra

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Brunei

  • Bulgaria

  • Canada

  • China (including Taiwan and Macau)

  • Croatia

  • Cyprus

  • Czech Republic

  • Denmark

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • France

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Holland

  • Hungary

  • Iceland

  • Ireland

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • Kazakhstan

  • Latvia

  • Liechtenstein

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Malaysia

  • Malta

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • New Zealand

  • Norway

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • Romania

  • Russia

  • San Marino

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Korea

  • Spain

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Ukraine

  • United Kingdom

  • United States

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Saudi Arabia is a country located in the Middle East, and it occupies most of the Arabic Peninsula. It does not have the best-developed tourism section because of the many restrictions that are in place, but if you are planning a trip there, you will find some things to do.

Nevertheless, we must advise you right from the start that a trip to Saudi Arabia requires you to do your homework about their particular rules and customs. This is not the kind of country in which you can do as you please. As a country in which Islam is of the utmost importance, Sharia laws apply, and if you knowingly do something against it, you will be punished. You should never push your luck because even the smallest crime can get you a few months in prison.

For starters, we will give you some information about the entry requirements. Saudi Arabia used to have some of the strictest visa rules. However, that changed recently. As of 2019, the citizens of 52 countries are eligible for either an electronic visa or a visa on arrival. As long as you qualify for one of those, iVisa can help you get the travel document you need. The application process for the eVisa is entirely online, and you can get it within a few days with minimal effort.

The change came as a response to the oil prices taking a dive. As you may very well know, Saudi Arabia was an oil-dependent economy. And it still is, for the most part. That is why its government decided to enhance tourism as a means of increasing revenue. The electronic visa and the visa on arrival are supposed to help achieve that. All nationalities that qualify for either one of them are allowed to stay in Saudi Arabia for no more than 90 days.

If you are not eligible for an electronic visa or a visa on arrival, your only option is to go to the nearest Saudi Arabia embassy or consulate and submit a visa application there. It may take some time for it to be processed, but that is normal.

Keep in mind that Qatari citizens are banned from entering Saudi Arabia as a result of the severance of diplomatic ties in 2017. Qatari citizens could enter the country without a visa before that, but now they are allowed only for Haji. Also, Israeli citizens are not allowed even to transit through Saudi Arabia.

If you are planning to take a trip to Saudi Arabia, we recommend that you do not do so during the months of July and August. The temperatures during that period are unbearable, often surpassing 42 degrees Celsius. All those who live there leave the country if possible. The people who remain are very slow, and very little work gets done. During the winter, the temperatures are very comfortable, at around 21 degrees Celsius. During the night, the temperature can even drop below zero, and some snow may be present. It does not stay for long, though.

The official language in Saudi Arabia is Arabic. You should learn a few phrases to be able to get around. Some locals speak English, but not very well. The road signs, however, are displayed in both English and Arabic.

As for what you can see in Saudi Arabia, there are many places you can go, especially along the coastline. However, we would like to start by saying that if you are not a Muslim, the cities of Mecca and Medina are off-limits. They are holy cities reserved only for people of the Muslim faith. Other than that, it is recommended that you hire a professional tour guide.

If you are looking for something to do, keep in mind that activities are limited in Saudi Arabia. Alcohol is strictly forbidden, and so is loud music. People do not travel there for the nightlife. Desert excursions are popular with the locals, but it can be dangerous for tourists, especially women. Armed Bedouins are not to joke around with. If you go to Saudi Arabia’s red coast, you can enjoy scuba diving. It is quite popular among tourists. However, we must advise you to be extremely careful not to injure yourself. Hospitals are poorly equipped to handle scuba-related injuries or decompression sickness. In case you decide to go and explore the Red Sea, keep in mind that it is full of venomous fish and corals. But, as long as you are careful not to touch anything, you should be fine.

Amusement parks are also available, especially near malls and beaches. However, many of them are restricted to families only.

As far as food in Saudi Arabia is concerned, you may want to try the local cuisine. The national dish is Kabsa, which is orange or red-colored rice with lamb or chicken, and it is heavily spiced, but not with chili. It is very tasty.

The tap water is not drinkable, and during the summer it is incredibly hot. Bottled water and fruit juices are widely available. Please remember that alcohol is strictly forbidden, and you can get severely punished if you are caught with it.

One of the most important aspects to remember is that you must express a great deal of respect for Saudi Arabia’s culture when you go there. Religion is very important, and you must act accordingly. As a woman, you should dress conservatively. Nobody expects foreign women to dress just like the local women, but you should be covered as much as possible. Make sure to cover your legs and upper arms, and you should not wear anything with cleavage.

While in this department, we should probably mention that Saudi Arabia is one of the least friendly nations towards LGBTQ rights. If you are a part of this community, you should avoid this country altogether. Saudi Arabia punishes homosexuality with death. For the first offense, you can get a few months to life in prison, public flogging, and so on. Not to mention the vigilantes.

The bottom line is that you may actually enjoy a trip to Saudi Arabia, but only as long as you are willing to follow the rules. There are many of them, and you may find them a bit too much, but you know the saying, ‘when in Rome…’, right? As long as you don’t do anything to offend the Saudi Arabians and their culture, you should have a lovely stay.

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