Saudi Arabia has introduced one-year multiple-entry visit visas for Pakistanis, Indians and every one other applicants who have the valid UK, US or Schengen visa stamped on their passports.
The new multiple-visa are going to be valid for one year and therefore the visitors also will be allowed to perform Umrah. However, they’re not allowed to perform Haj.
Visitors can get a visa on arrival at any international airport in Saudi Arabia but they need to have a credit card to pay a fee amounting to SR440 (PKR 18062) as cash isn’t accepted. They’re going to be allowed to remain for 90 days at a stretch and may enter the country of Saudi Arabia multiple times during the validity period of their visit visa.
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“It was a tremendous experience once I visited Saudi Arabia last week,” said Ahmed Qureshi who visited perform Umrah together with his family and landed at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah. “I paid fee at the immigration counter using my credit card and now all my relations have multiple visit visas valid for one year. It took just quarter-hour to finish the procedure,” he explained.
A reservation agent at Saudi Airlines in Dubai told Gulf News that the new visa service started last month. “Anyone who features a valid UK, US or Schengen visa can obtain a visit visa to Saudi Arabia on arrival. However, visa is issued to only those applicants who have used their US, UK or Schengen visa for a minimum of once. You may not get visa on arrival if you’ve got US, UK or Schegen visa stamped on your passport but haven’t used it,” she explained.
One of the pre-conditions to avail visit visa on arrival is that the visitors will need to travel on one among the Saudi-based airlines including Saudi Airlines, Flynas or Flydeal. This is often mandatory just for first time visitors. Repeat visitors who already hold Saudi visit visa can use the other airline.
Who can perform Umrah?
For non-Muslims, the Saudi Arabia Tourist visa is granted for tourism purposes only. Visitors are forbidden from visiting the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.
For Muslims, visitors may travel for Umrah on a tourist visa outside of the Hajj season only.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia had opened its doors to the globe through its new visit 90-day visa introduced in September last year for over 50 countries. They’re also given a one-year multiple visit visa and that they need to apply online. Pakistan, India and lots of other countries don’t seem to be included in this list.
The tourist e-Visa allows travelers to enter the country for leisure purposes and it enables them to remain in Saudi Arabia for up to 90 days. The Saudi Arabia tourist e-Visa application process is extremely simple and 100% online.
Once the appliance is submitted and accepted, the applicant will receive an electronic visa that has got to be shown to immigration officers upon arrival.
Travelers must have their passport with a minimum of a six-month validity from the date of arrival and have a minimum of one page available for stamping.
The Saudi Arabian Tourist e-Visa allows applicants multiple entries in Saudi Arabia and visitors can remain within the country for up to 90 days.
Requirements for visa on arrival
- Valid passport for a minimum of six months
- Valid US, UK or Schengen visa stamped on the passport
- The US, UK or Schenegen visa must be utilized for a minimum of once before entering Saudi Arabia
- Applicant must hold a credit card as no cash payment is accepted
- Application fee SR440(PKR 18062) for every applicant
- One-year-multiple visa
- Maximum stay 90 days
- Umrah is allowed but visit visa holder cannot perform Haj
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Requirements for E-Visa application
- Applicants must have a passport from one among the eligible countries listed on the online visa website
- Passport should be valid for 6 months from their date of entry into the country.
- Payment through credit card
- Visa are going to be sent on the applicant’s email within 24-hours once the appliance is submitted
- Take the copy to visit any destination in Saudi Arabia
- Visa fee SR440 (PKR 18062)
Citizens of the subsequent countries are eligible for online visit visa:
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
- China (Including Hong Kong and Macau)
- South Korea
- New Zealand