World travelers of several world countries wishing to travel to Saudi Arabia can now do so by getting an eVisa online or upon arrival at the Saudi Arabia port of entry.
The e-visa enables travelers to visit the desert country and attend sports events, concerts and business activities. Those performing an Umrah can also enter Saudi Arabia with an eVisa. The eVisa is valid for entry through all airports and / or seaports.
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage operates the e-Visa service.
Who Can Apply for a Tourist E-Visa to Saudi Arabia?
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has made the eVisa available only for the nationals of a few world countries, which are also referred to as the “permitted countries”.
Therefore, only the nationals of the following countries can apply for a tourist eVisa for Saudi Arabia:
- China (including Honk Kong and Macau)
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States
Criteria to Get a Tourist E-Visa for Saudi Arabia
Before applying for a tourist eVisa for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the applicant must be aware of the following criteria:
- The applicant must be from one of the permitted countries.
- He or she must have a valid email address.
- The applicant must enter KSA with the same passport with which he or she applied for the eVisa.
- The traveler must present a copy of the eVisa Saudi Arabian at the port of entry.
- The traveler must be capable of supporting himself/herself and the dependents traveling with him/her to Saudi Arabia.
In addition, the Saudi authorities state that the eVisa applicant must not apply with the intention of committing any act or causing any act to be which is not in accordance with Sharia law or the prevailing legal or moral principles in KSA.
What Documents Are Required for Application?
Only a valid passport issued by the authorities of one of the “permitted countries” is required for Saudi eVisa application. The passport however, must be valid for at least six more months remaining from the date of entry to KSA.
The traveler must use the same passport that he/she used to get the eVisa, to enter the Saudi Kingdom, even if he/she has two nationalities, both from the “permitted countries”.
How Much Does It Cost
The application for a tourist eVisa for Saudi Arabia will cost SAR 440 or about EUR 107.
However, according to the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage “The price of the Service will be set out on the Website and at the time of payment during the eVisa application process. The fee for the eVisa may be amended from time to time at the sole discretion of SCTH.”
In addition, VAT will be charged at applicable rates, which the applicant will need to pay as a part of the fees.
Travelers who submit their application, and want to withdraw or cancel, will be unable to do so. It will not be possible to withdraw the dee paid, as well.
Persons, whose application is rejected, will not be refunded either.
Validity of the Saudi Tourist E-Visa
An eVisa for Saudi Arabia will be valid for one year, starting from the date of issuance. Within this year, the eVisa holder will be permitted to stay in KSA for a maximum of 180 days. The traveler can spend these days in a single visit, or for multiple times.
The visa is not extendable. However, any traveler can apply again for a new one, while also paying a new fee, as long as he or she still meets the application requirements.
Can a Saudi Arabia Tourist E-Visa Be Suspended
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage retains the right to reject, suspend, withdraw or terminate an eVisa at any time, by only providing the traveler with a written notice.
The eVisa application will be rejected in the following cases:
- The applicant did not complete the payment.
- Incorrect information provided in the form.
- The applicant does not meet the criteria
7 Places to See in Saudi Arabia with a Tourist eVisa
- Masmak Fortress in Riyadh
The clay and mud-brick fort is located at the center of the old Riyadh. It is made of clay, founded on stone blocks and contains of four watchtowers. It was built in 1865 by the prince of Riyadh Abdulrahman ibn Sulaiman ibn Dabaan.
- Edge of the World
Part of the 800km long Jebel Tuwaiq Escarpment, the Edge of the World is a spectacular place to see in Saudi Arabia. It is located in the rocky desert of the northwest of Riyadh and it is called so as atop of the escarpment, there’s an uninterrupted view of the horizon.
The city of Ta’if is located in the southwest of Saudi Arabia, and is the fifth largest city in the Kingdom. It is also known as the “City of Roses”, as in spring, the whole area blooms.
- Madina Media Museum
The museum is small, but there is a lot to see. Located close to the Masjid al-Nabawi, the museum contains models, illustrations and films, which bring to life the construction and history of the Prophet’s Mosque.
- Jannatul Baqi in Medina
The oldest and first Islamic cemetery of Medina, which holds much significance for Muslims, is an interesting place to see. The cemetery has been demolished twice. It is located very close to the Prophet’s mosque.
- King Fahd’s Fountain
The fountain is located in the city of Jeddah. It jets water to a maximum height of 260 to 313 meters, what makes it world’s tallest.
- Neolithic art of Jubbah and Shuwaymis
The faces of rock formations in Jubbah and Shuwaymis contain drawings of the Neolithic era, which are very interesting to see. Scientists believe there was a lake one, near the rocks formations.