The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a free stopover visa for visitors to stay in the Kingdom for up to four days.
The transit visa for stopovers came into effect on January 30. The new Saudi visa is free and will be valid for three months.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the digital transit visa for stopover to facilitate the arrival in the Kingdom for all purposes, and the procedures for obtaining and automating an entry visa. It allows those in transit who wish to enter the Kingdom to perform Umrah and visit the Prophet’s Mosque, in addition to roaming and attending tourism events.
When purchasing tickets to visit the Kingdom via Saudi Airlines, Flynas passengers will be automatically passed to the unified national visa platform at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. When the request is processed, it will be automatically approved and emailed to the passenger.
The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs introduced the visa to boost tourism, as part of the Vision 2030 strategy. The Kingdom aims to attract investments worth 220 billion Saudi Riyals in the tourism sector by 2023, and 500 billion Saudi Riyals by 2030, according to previous statements by the Minister of Tourism.