Middle East, Travel

Saudi Arabia Resumed Visa-On-Arrival Facility

Last Updated on May 31, 2022 by Visa Journal

After a two-year suspension due to the Corona pandemic, Saudi Arabia announced on Friday (March 25) that they are resuming the visa on arrival facility for the citizens and visa holders from the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Schengen countries at Saudi airports. According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), this move comes two weeks after the Kingdom eliminated all entry restrictions connected to the Corona pandemic, restoring conditions to pre-pandemic levels.

Holders of one of the three passports (UK, USA and European countries), and flying with one of the national carriers (“Saudi Airlines, flynas, and flyadeal”), can get a 12-month tourist visa upon arrival in the Kingdom without having to apply in advance. Visitors with a valid visa for the United States, the United Kingdom, or the Schengen area must have used the visa at least once before entering the Kingdom.
Citizens of the above-mentioned countries or visa holders are obliged to obtain medical insurance against the risks of COVID, which can be obtained at any of the Kingdom’s international airports upon arrival.

Ahmed Al-Khatib, the Saudi Minister of Tourism and Chairman of the Saudi Tourism Authority’s Board of Directors, stated that the Kingdom is now one of the world’s most accessible locations, whether for tourism, business, or to perform Hajj and Umrah.

Just recently, Saudi Arabia declared on March 6, 2022 that all travel restrictions imposed to safeguard individuals from the effects of the coronavirus outbreak had been lifted. Saudi Arabia no longer requires visitors to show confirmation of vaccination or a PCR test in order to enter the country. The red list of countries that are not permitted admission has been removed. Quarantine restrictions in institutions have been eliminated totally, as have social distance rules. Now only in confined public spaces masks are required.


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