Saudi Arabia to Offer E-visas to All GCC Residents

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RIYADH — Making more accessible to tourism, Saudi Ministry of Tourism in its new regulation has allowed all GCC residents to apply for an e-visa through the online portal.

However, UK, US and the EU residents are permitted to apply for Visa on Arrival. Holders of a valid tourist or business visa from the UK, US or a Schengen country continue to be able to apply for visa on arrival, provided that it has been used at least once to enter the country of visa issue.

“The Ministry of Tourism leads the development of the sector in Saudi Arabia, developing policy and driving initiatives that are delivering rapid growth in the Kingdom. Tourist visas are no exception with over one million eVisas having been issued since their launch in 2019.” said Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al Khateeb, according to local media.

“On track to deliver our ambitious Vision 2030 goals, this is an important step as we develop a sustainable, resilient and competitive tourism sector while also delivering for our people,” the minister added.

This decision come as part of the kingdom’s initiatives for Vision 2030.

last week Wizz Air, Europe’s sustainable ultra-low fare airline, announced major extension of services to Saudi Arabia, adding multiple European destination routes expecting to bring over one million travellers. 

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