Saudi Arabia Has Extended E-Visa To These New Countries; Know If You’re Eligible & How To Apply

by Anupriya Mishra
Saudi Arabia Has Extended E-Visa To These New Countries; Know If You’re Eligible & How To Apply

It was quite recently when the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia opened its doors to tourists. Ever since then, people have been visiting the country for its warm hospitality and wondrous sites. Not to mention, besides the normal visa, one can also apply for an E-visa for Saudi Arabia provided, they are eligible for the same. And recently, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expanded its tourist E-visa programme to a few more nations. Here’s everything you need to know about all the nations that are now eligible for this visa and how to apply for one.

Saudi Arabia Expands Tourist E-Visa To More Nations

In a recent development by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, it was revealed that now a few more nations will be able to apply for an E-visa to this country. Yes, this announcement was made by the Ministry of Tourism on Tuesday, which was also re-iterated by the official website of Visit Saudi on X (formerly Twitter). Coming to the six nations, now the countries of Turkiye, Thailand, Panama, Seychelles, Mauritius, and St Kitts and Nevis will be able to apply for an E-visa to the kingdom. So, basically what this means is that people from these countries can either request a tourist visa online or even upon arrival at one of the international airports in the kingdom.

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What Is The Benefit Of This Visa?

For those who aren’t aware, holders of tourist visas can perform Umrah outside of the Hajj season. Not to mention, they can, of course, visit their friends and also grant multiple entries. Not to mention, it allows tourists to stay in the country for up to 90 days at a time.

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Who Else Is Eligible To Hold A Tourist E-Visa For Saudi Arabia?

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If you are wondering about who else is allowed to apply for this visa, the countries included are as follows –

Albania
Andorra
Australia
Azerbaijan
Belgium
Brunei
United Kingdom
Bulgaria
Canada
China
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
United States of America
Estonia
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Holland
Hong Kong,
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macau
Uzbekistan
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Monaco
Montenegro
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
San Marino
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
South Korea
Sweden
Switzerland
Ukraine
Panama

However, other people are also eligible for visitor E-visa to the kingdom. These can be people who hold Schengen visas or even visas from the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Not to mention, those people who are permanent residents in the EU countries, GCC, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, are also allowed to apply for an E-visa in case the need arises.

How To Apply For E-Visa?

Saudi Arabia Cruise
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Applying for an E-visa in Saudi Arabia is fairly simple! It takes barely 15 minutes to fill up the application as it requires one to fill out all the basic information, which includes full name, nationality, and even date of birth. After this, one has to select the type of E-visa and processing time that they are looking for. Once done, they can make the payment for their application and once the same is approved, they will get their E-visa through an email. Finally, one should take out a printout of their E-visa and keep it close during their visit.

The process sounds quite simple, doesn’t it? Well, don’t forget to apply for this E-visa during your next visit to the kingdom.

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