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Saudi Arabia to Offer Tourist Visas

by Eugenia Lazaris

Nov 17, 2019

The Kaaba in Mecca’s Grand Mosque, Saudi Arabia © Sufi70 | Dreamstime

Destinations / Middle East

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia recently made headlines when it announced, for the first time in history, it will offer tourist visas to travelers wishing to visit this mysterious nation. To date the country has only been accessible to a small percentage of the outside world — mainly individuals and their families who were stationed there for work or military purposes and Muslims with a Hajj visa who wished to visit for religious reasons.


This new policy will finally let visitors from select countries around the world apply for a tourist visa. good for 90-day periods and valid for 360 days from the date of issue. The countries whose citizens are allowed to apply include all European nations, the United States, Australia, South Africa, South Korea, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan.


The visa costs approximately $80, not counting travel insurance, and is easy to obtain by going online (https://www.saudiarabiavisa.com/saudi-tourist-visa/) and filling out a form with personal and security information. Once approved, visas are issued via email.


The country, only just entering the age of global tourism, hopes to open up a new form of revenue for the country’s economy with this giant leap forward. As tourists begin exploring the country the secret will get out and soon it will have its own Instagram-worthy tourist sites that make their way onto bucket lists.


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