Saudi Arabia Rolls Out A FREE 96-Hour Stopover Visa For Indian Travellers; Here’s All About It!

Saudi Arabia welcomes Indian visitors with open arms.

by Deeplata Garde
Saudi Arabia Rolls Out A FREE 96-Hour Stopover Visa For Indian Travellers; Here’s All About It!

Saudi Arabia’s latest initiative of offering a 96-hour  stopover free visa to Indian passport holders has set the stage for a wave of excitement among travellers. Spearheaded by Alhasan Aldabbagh, President, Asia Pacific, Saudi Tourism Authority, this move signals the Kingdom’s recognition of India’s pivotal role as a key market for its burgeoning tourism sector.

Streamlined Access For Indian Travellers To Saudi Arabia

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With the introduction of this visa facilitation, Saudi Arabia is rolling out the welcome mat for Indian travellers. The presence of 10 VFS offices across India, coupled with plans for further expansion in the coming year, ensures seamless and hassle-free visa processing for eager adventurers.

Umrah Made Easy For Indians With 96-Hour Stopover Visa

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In addition to leisure and business travellers, Indian citizens can now embark on their spiritual journey with ease, as Umrah is now accessible on business, tourism, and Umrah visas. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, Saudi Arabian Minister of Hajj & Umrah, emphasized this groundbreaking development during his visit to New Delhi, underscoring the Kingdom’s commitment to facilitating religious tourism.

A highlight of this initiative is the introduction of a stopover program, granting a 96-hour free visa to individuals travelling via Saudi Airlines or Flynas, a leading Saudi low-cost airline. Furthermore, travellers holding a US, UK, or Schengen visa are eligible for an e-Visa or visa on arrival, further simplifying the travel process.

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Saudi Arabia’s Ambitious Tourism Goals

Addressing attendees at the prestigious South Asia Travel and Tourism Exchange (SATTE) 2024 Travel Show, Alhasan Aldabbagh outlined Saudi Arabia’s ambitious objectives for the Indian market. With a staggering 50 per cent growth in Indian visitors last year, the Kingdom aims to welcome 7.5 million visitors from India by 2030, cementing its status as a premier destination for travellers worldwide.

As Saudi Arabia extends a warm invitation to Indian travellers, a world of possibilities awaits those eager to explore its rich culture, breathtaking landscapes, and legendary hospitality. With streamlined visa procedures and a host of exciting initiatives, the Kingdom beckons adventurers to embark on an unforgettable journey of discovery and wonder.

So, pack your bags and prepare for an Arabian adventure like no other, Saudi Arabia awaits!

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