Saudi Arabia is one of the most popular destinations in the Middle East, with millions of travelers visiting from all over the world every year for work, business, tourism, and religious purposes.
Nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates do not require a visa to visit Saudi Arabia and they can use their national ID cards to enter the country. Nationals from 49 countries are eligible to apply for an e-Visa or visa on arrival if they wish to visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. All applicants for a Saudi Arabia e-Visa should have passports valid for at least 6 months from the travel date. GCC Residents are now eligible for a Saudi Arabia e-Visa, while holders of USA, UK, and Schengen tourist or business visas can apply for a visa on arrival. Other nationals need to contact the nearest Saudi Arabia embassy in their country if they wish to apply for a Saudi Arabia visa.
The Saudi Arabia visa validity depends on the type of visa the applicant applies for. The Saudi Arabia multiple-entry tourist visa is valid for one year and it allows travelers to stay in the Kingdom for 90 days, while the Saudi Arabia single-entry tourist visa is valid for three months and allows travelers to stay in the Kingdom for 30 days.
The types of Saudi Arabia visa you need to apply for depend on the purpose of traveling to Saudi Arabia. These types are:
Passports should be valid for at least six months from the travel date
Applicants must submit an accurately completed visa application form for their application to be processed
Valid for at least six months from the travel date
The visa application form should be completed fully and accurately online or on paper
Applicants should provide proof of health insurance for the duration of their stay
Applicants must show they have a space to live for the duration of their stay in Saudi Arabia. This could include a hotel, residence, or house
Applicants should be able to prove that they have paid the visa processing fees on time.
A roundtrip ticket and itinerary must be submitted along with the visa application.
Applicants should prove they have a steady occupation and income
This document shows proof that the visa holder can support themselves for the duration of their stay in Saudi Arabia
Please note that types of Saudi visas have additional requirements than those listed above. Accordingly, you are advised to check the requirements of the specific Saudi visa type you are applying for.
Foreign nationals required to apply for a Saudi e-Visa or a Saudi sticker visa must follow these steps:
Eligible foreign nationals from 49 countries can apply for the Saudi eVisa.
• Register online
• Fill out the visa application
• Upload the required documents
• Pay with a valid credit/debit card
• If approved, receive your Saudi e-Visa to email you provided
• Confirm that visa information is correct and matches your passport
Foreign nationals not eligible to apply for a Saudi e-Visa will be required to apply for their visas through a Saudi embassy or consulate in their country. If eligible, they can take the following steps:
• If you need to make an appointment
• The specific requirements of the visa type you want to apply for.
Note: Some offices may accept visa application submissions by mail or through an authorized travel agency.
Note: The issuance of the Saudi visa may sometimes take longer depending on the specific embassy or consulate.
Nationals of 49 countries are eligible to apply online for a Saudi eVisa through the Saudi eVisa portal.
Foreign nationals required to apply for a Saudi sticker visa should contact the Saudi embassies or consulates in their countries to inquire about the opening hours, appointments, and the possibility of applying through authorized travel agencies.
The Saudi Arabia visa application processing time, if submitted online, is 5-30 minutes in most cases, while the time taken to issue an embassy or consulate visa is 1-2 business days.
You can apply for your Saudi Arabia visa online if you are a national of one of the 49 countries eligible to obtain a Saudi e-Visa. If not eligible, you need to apply for a Saudi visa at the Saudi embassies or consulates in your country or through authorized travel agencies.
Saudi Arabia is open to visitors from all over the world. Depending on your nationality, you will be entitled to one of the following visa categories: 1. visa on arrival, 2. e-Visa, or 3. visa through embassies or consulates.
Check if you need a visa
Check your passport ranking