Tajikistan grants Saudi citizens an entry visa exemption

Published on: 19 November 2021

 

On November 18, the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan announced that Saudi citizens are exempt from the requirement of obtaining entry visas to Tajikistan’s territory, effective as of January 1, 2022. According to this unilateral decision, Saudi passport holders will be able to travel without a prior visa to Tajikistan starting from the beginning of the coming year, for a stay of 30 days.

This decision comes within the framework of enhancing cooperation and developing joint relations between the State of Tajikistan and Saudi Arabia. It is thus considered to be the result of the strong relations between both countries, which goes back to 1992, when the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was one of the first Arab countries to recognize the Republic of Tajikistan and establish diplomatic relations with it following its independence in 1991 and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Tajikistan is a landlocked country located in Central Asia. Its capital is Dushanbe and its population is nearly 9 million. It has common borders with China, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Tajikistan is characterized by its beautiful mountains, many lovely lakes and its therapeutic resorts featuring hot sulfur waters. Tajikistan is also associated with a low cost of living, which makes it a great and inexpensive destination for medical tourism as well as for history and nature lovers.

Currently, Saudi citizens can travel to Tajikistan and obtain a visa on arrival, but under this newly granted privilege to Saudi citizens, Tajikistan will be added to the list of visa free countries for Saudi passport holders, while in return, Tajik passport holders are still required to obtain a visa prior to traveling to Saudi Arabia. Saudi passport holders can travel without a visa or obtain a visa on arrival to more than 75 countries around the world.

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