The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has recently been introducing quite a bit of changes to its visa policy. The most recent one that has been creating a buzz on the internet is the expansion of its e-visa scheme to eight countries. From allowing the visa holder to perform Umrah to visiting family members, we have given details about this visa below. So if you’re also wondering about all the countries included in the scheme, then make sure to give this article a read!
Saudi Arabia Expands E-Visa Scheme To 8 Countries
It was recently announced by Saudi Arabia that it is expanding its visitor’s e-visa scheme to nationals of eight countries. On Sunday, August 6, the Ministry of Tourism said that this will include the countries of Albania, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, Azerbaijan, the Maldives, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. Yes, this means the nationals of these countries will be able to apply for the visitors’ e-visa electronically or upon arrival at one of the ports in the kingdom. According to a report by the Arab News, it was also mentioned that the visitors on this visa can perform Umrah, visit their family and friends, or even visit the country for business purposes.
Recently An E-Visa Waiver Was Also Introduced
This development comes after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been introducing quite a bit of change in its e-visa policies. In the most recent development, a visa waiver is were introduced for British and Irish nationals. Under this scheme, a person can apply for the waiver, any time between 48 hours to 3 months before the date of travel to the kingdom. Moreover, this waiver is applicable for single entry and also allows them to visit the country for six months. Additionally, previously, it was also announced that an instant e-visa is available for people who hold a valid visa for the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the Schengen area. However, the condition is that they must have used their visa at least once to enter the issuing country.
So, what do you think about the developments relating to visas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia? Let us know!
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