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Saudi Arabia Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa Required
Australian Yes Yes Yes
British Yes Yes Yes
Other EU Yes Yes Yes
USA Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Yes Yes Yes

Passports

To enter Saudi Arabia, a passport valid for at least six months at the time of the visa application is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Passport Note

Holders of passports with Israeli stamps or an Israeli birthplace in them may be refused entry/visas.

Passengers not complying with Saudi conventions of dress and behaviour, including those who appear to be in a state of intoxication, or who display inappropriate affection will be refused entry.

There are special regulations concerning pilgrims entering Saudi Arabia. Contact the consulate (or consular section at embassy) for further information.

Visas

Hajj visa
Hajj visas are free, although there are charges for services provided in Medina and Mecca. Citizens from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and United Arab Emirates do not need a Hajj visa.

eVisa
In 2019, Saudi Arabia launched a new visa system allowing non-religious tourists into Saudi Arabia. Citizens of 49 countries can now apply for an eVisa online (visa.visitsaudi.com). The 49 countries are Andorra, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

If your country is not listed above, contact the nearest Saudi Arabia Embassy.

Visa Note

The Pilgrim (Umrah) visa can only be obtained through an authorised 'Umrah Agency', appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Check with the embassy for a full list of appointed agents. Administrative fees may apply and further requirements for Umrah applications must be submitted through an endorsed travel agent or tour operator. A list of endorsed agencies is available from the embassy website.

Transit passengers who stay in the King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah Islamic Port or Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Airport in Medina for over 24 hours can perform Umrah or visit a Holy Mosque, provided they hold a signed agreement with one of the appointed Umrah agencies.

Visa dates correspond to Hijra months, not Gregorian months - check dates carefully.

Types and Cost

• Hajj visas: free

• eVisas: SAR 440 (SAR 300 for the visa and SAR 140 for health insurance)

• Family visas: US$108

• Commercial/working visas: various, may include attestation of medical report, education certificates, background check fees and service fees

Validity

Validity of the visa depends on its type. Usually the visa validity starts from the date of issue. The visa stay period starts from the first day of entry into Saudi Arabia within the visa's valid dates. Be careful not to mix up the validity of the visa with the permitted length of stay, as overstaying is a very serious matter.

eVisas: up to three months.

Single-entry visas: up to one month.

Multiple-entry visas: up to three months.

Umrah and Hajj visas: 30 days.

Application to

eVisas: online at https://visa.visitsaudi.com.

Hajj or Umrah visas: applications must be submitted through an endorsed travel agent or tour operator.

Other visas: In person at the consulate (or consular section at embassy).

Working days

Working days of the visa depends on its type. eVisa is quick and takes 5 to 30 minutes in most cases. Other visa types may take 24 hours or longer.


Our visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing,
We strongly recommend that you verify critical information unique to your trip with the relevant embassy before travel.

Embassies and tourist offices

Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in the USA


Telephone: +1 202 342 3800 (information section); +1 202 944 3126 (visa section).
Website: http://www.saudiembassy.net
Address: NW, 601 New Hampshire Avenue, Washington, D.C., 20037,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0900-1700.

Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in the UK


Telephone: +44 20 7917 3000.
Website: http://embassies.mofa.gov.sa/sites/uk
Address: , 30 Charles Street, London, W1J 5DZ,
Opening times:

Mon - Thur 0900-1600, Fri 0900-1500. Consular section: Mon-Fri 0900-1130 (visa applications); Mon-Thurs 1400-1530 (passport collection), Fri 1330-1430.

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