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Saudi launches tourist visa for 49 countries

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Riyadh: Saudi Arabia opened its doors to the world on Friday after it announced that tourist visas will be available to citizens from 49 countries.

For the first time, tourists can now apply for a visa through Saudi embassies and consulates across the world

Marking a milestone in Saudi Arabia’s history, Ahmed Al Khateeb, Chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Heritage (SCTH), announced the launch of the tourist visa for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at an event in Ad-Diriyah, a Unesco World Heritage Site in Riyadh.

Citizens from 49 countries will also be able to apply for an e-visa or receive a visa on arrival into Saudi Arabia. A dedicated online portal at visitsaudi.com was also launched and electronic kiosks are set to be available at airports to facilitate requests.

The following 49 countries will be eligible to apply for e-visas and visas on arrival:

1.USA

2.Canada

3.Kazakhstan

4.Singapore

5.Brunei

6.New Zealand

7.South Korea

8.Japan

9.Spain

10.Belgium

11.Malaysia

12.Austria

13.Cyprus

14.UK

15.Croatia

16.Estonia

17.Andorra

18.Denmark

19.Germany

20.Bulgaria

21.France

22.Hungary

23.Czech Republic

24.Holland

25.Italy

26.Finland

27.Ireland

28.Lithuania

29.Greece

30.Liechtenstein

31.Monaco

32.Iceland

33.Malta

34.Poland

35.Latvia

36.Norway

37.Russia

38.Luxembourg

39.Romania

40.Slovenia

41.Montenegro

42.Slovakia

43.Switzerland

44.Portugal

45.Sweden

46.Australia

47.San Marino

48.Ukraine

49.China, including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan

The tourist visa allows for a stay of up to 3 months per entry, with visitors able to spend up to 90 days a year in Saudi Arabia. The visa is valid for one year with multiple entries.

The cost of applying for an e-visa or a visa on arrival is 440 riyals (around $117) plus VAT.