Saudi Arabia extends e-visa to citizens of eight more countries

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced yesterday that citizens of eight more countries will be eligible for visitor e-visa, Xinhua quoted a report by the Saudi Press Agency.

The e-visa will be available to visitors from Albania, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, South Africa, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, for leisure, business, and religious (Umrah only) travel, bringing the total number of eligible countries to 57.

The visitor e-visa is valid for an entire year, grants multiple entries, and permits a stay of up to 90 days.

After launching the e-visa programme in 2019, Saudi Arabia welcomed 93.5 million visits last year, a 93-per cent increase from 2021, registering a tourism expenditure of 185 billion Saudi Riyals (RM223 billion).

Last year, Saudi Arabia decided to provide a visitor e-visa for holders of valid Schengen, British and US visas that have been used to enter these countries before arriving in Saudi Arabia and for permanent residents of the European Union, Gulf Arab countries, Britain and the United States.

Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia announced the launch of the free 96-hour Stopover Visa, allowing passengers to stay in the country for up to 96 hours. – Bernama-Xinhua

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