Saudi Arabia opens to tourists with US, UK and Schengen visas

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has reinstated visas on arrival for passengers with valid US, UK and Schengen visas, the state news agency reported.

“The reinstatement of the visa-on-arrival program marks the final step in bringing Saudi Arabia back to a pre-pandemic level of openness and making it one of the world’s most accessible destinations for leisure travel, d business and religious. This government decision will further support the thousands of people who depend on tourism for their livelihoods while welcoming the world back to the destination with the warm hospitality that the Saudi people are famous for,” Tourism Minister Ahmed Al Khateeb said. by the Saudi Press Agency.

The step is part of a relaxation of Covid-19 travel restrictions by the Department of Health that began three weeks ago. Passengers arriving in Saudi Arabia no longer have to self-quarantine, present proof of vaccination against Covid-19 or produce a negative PCR test before travel. Earlier this month, the kingdom also lifted the suspension of direct flights to and from 17 countries, namely: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, eSwatini, Mozambique, Malawi, Mauritius, Zambia , Madagascar, Angola, Seychelles, Comoros, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Afghanistan.

Saudi Arabia issues tourist visas on arrival to citizens of the United States, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, Andorra, Austria, Australia, Malaysia, China, Singapore, South Korea, Belgium, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Croatia, Cyprus and the Czech Republic. , Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Ukraine, Saint -Marin, Spain, Brunei and Kazakhstan, for a period of 12 months.

Citizens of other countries can obtain a visa on arrival if they have an American, British or Schengen visa, as long as they pass through these places before arriving in the kingdom. They must fly to Saudi Arabia on one of the national airlines – Saudia, Flynas or Flyadeal. All travelers must have health insurance that covers Covid-19 related expenses or take out a policy at any airport upon arrival. The kingdom allowed fully vaccinated citizens to travel abroad from May 17 last year, when it reopened its land, sea and air borders more than 12 months after the start of the pandemic.

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