GCC residents can now apply for Saudi Arabian eVisa

GCC residents can now apply for Saudi Arabian eVisa

The eVisa will also be available to GCC-based pilgrims 

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Tourism has introduced a new visa scheme for GCC residents. 

GCC residents will be able to apply for an electronic tourist visa (eVisa) on the Visit Saudi website to enter the kingdom. The visa, which has single- and multiple-entry options, will cost US$80 and enable travellers to visit the country for tourism purposes as well as to perform Umrah during Hajj season.

New regulations will also enable UK, US and EU residents to apply for a visa on arrival. 

Holders of a valid tourist, business or Schengen visa can continue to apply for a visa on arrival, provided that it has been used at least once to enter the country that granted the visa.

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The new regulations aim to facilitate easy entry processes for both regional and international tourists wishing to visit Saudi Arabia, in line with Saudi Vision 2030.

Commenting on the announcement, Saudi Tourism Authority CEO Fahd Hamidaddin said: “The facilitation of a tourist visa for millions of GCC residents and the visa on arrival extension supports our ambition to welcome 100 million visitors a year by 2030, to the world’s biggest new leisure tourism destination. 


"This is not just an announcement; it is an invitation. We are making it easier than ever for visitors to explore thousands of years of history and culture, unmatched natural landscapes and a thriving entertainment sector.”

This latest development follows the announcement last month that all types of Saudi visa holders will be allowed to perform the Umrah pilgrimage.

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