Saudi Arabia Reopens Visa on Arrival for US, UK & Schengen Visa Holders

Saudi Arabia Reopens Visa on Arrival for US, UK & Schengen Visa Holders

The authorities of Saudi Arabia have announced that all persons who hold a valid US, UK or Schengen visa can receive a 12-month visa on arrival upon entering the kingdom.

This means that all individuals who have a valid US, UK, and Schengen visa can now receive a tourism visa upon their arrival in Saudi Arabia.

Nonetheless, the authorities of Saudi Arabia have emphasised that holders of the visa must have entered the issuing country first before entering Saudi Arabia in order to be eligible for the visa on arrival scheme.

The visa on arrival for holders of American and European visas allows citizens of third countries to enter Saudi Arabia more easily since they have already been approved for travel to the United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union.

The Saudi Arabian government lifted all COVID-related entry restrictions in March. Visitors will no longer need to present proof of vaccination or a PCR test to enter the country and they no longer need to quarantine.

However, all travellers are required to register their details using the online arrival registration form and mandatory health declaration form which needs to be done prior to their departure to Saudi Arabia.

Conditions for Visa on Arrival

Citizens of any country who hold one of the three visas and who are travelling on one of the country’s national carriers – Saudi, Flynas or Flyadeal – can now receive a 12-month tourism visa on arrival in Saudi Arabia without needing to apply in advance.

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.

Visitors will also need to purchase COVID-19 insurance, which they can do at any of Saudi Arabia’s international airports.

Citizens of any country eligible for the e-visa program, which was introduced in 2019, may also receive a visa on arrival, regardless of the airline they are travelling with.

“Restoring the visa-on-arrival program marks the final step in returning Saudi to a pre-pandemic level of openness and makes it one of the most accessible destinations in the world for leisure, business, and religious travel.”

Ahmed Al-Khateeb, Minister of Tourism of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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