Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Tourism has announced today a new Ministerial Decree that will allow faster, easier access to the country. New regulations will enable Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) residents with the option to apply for an eVisa through Visit Saudi's online portal.
Holders of a valid tourist or business visa from the UK, US or one of the Schengen Agreement countries will continue to be applicable for a visa on arrival, provided the tourist or business visa has been used at least once to enter the country.
The new decree also no longer requires visitors to visit the country's embassy before entering Saudi Arabia, allowing potential travellers a more simplified journey.
Ahmed Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism for Saudi Arabia, said: "Elevating the visitor experience is at the heart of the tourism sector's future. Through harnessing digital innovation and streamlining the traveller journey, Saudi Arabia is welcoming more and more visitors from all corners of the globe.
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."
He added, "tourism bridges cultures and connects communities. It provides opportunities and uplifts neighbourhoods, and I am proud to lead the Ministry as we build this future together."
Over 1 million eVisas have been issued since they were launched in 2019.
Source: Khaleej Times