Saudi Arabia welcomes millions of visitors each year from all over the world, and obtaining the proper visa is your first step toward a unique and rewarding travel experience.
Visa regulations are an international protocol practiced all over the world. In Saudi Arabia, there are a set of policies and laws in this regard. Kindly continue reading to find out more about the official procedures for visiting Saudi Arabia.
If this is your first visit to Saudi Arabia, we advise you to visit the Saudi Embassy or consulate in your city, or the nearest Saudi representative office to find out more about Saudi visa issuance, which varies according to the purpose of the visit.
Types of Visas:
There are a number of visas issued for entry into Saudi Arabia, including:
Work Visa (permanent or temporary) – This is issued with the purpose of recruiting for Saudi Arabian jobs in both the public and private sector.
The Business Visa – this is issued to business owners and investors who are interested in making deals and establishing investment projects in Saudi Arabia.
The Hajj and Umrah Visa – Issued to those who wish to perform Hajj or Umrah.
The Visitor Visa, which is divided into two types:
- The Family Visit Visa is issued to legal residents living in Saudi Arabia to enable their immediate family members to visit for up two-months. This visa can be renewed pending re-application, and can be obtained at any time during the year, except during Hajj season.
- The Business Visit Visa is granted to those who wish to do business in the country and enter into contracts and agreements with Saudi entities. This is a multiple-entry visa valid for 12 months
There is also the Accompanied Visa for spouses and children. This is issued to those who wish to bring their families into Saudi Arabia.
The Diplomatic Visa is issued to those who work in the approved consulates and their family members who reside with them.
When planning your visit to Saudi Arabia, you will be most welcome at the Saudi consulate nearest to you. Representatives there will guide you as to what documents are required for the type of visa you wish to obtain.