DUBAI: Saudi Arabia has introduced one-year multiple-entry visit visas for Pakistanis and everyone other applicants who have the legitimate UK, US or Schengen visa stamped on their passports, foreign media reported on Sunday.
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 MasterCard to pay a fee amounting to SR440 (Rs18,000) as cash isn’t accepted.
they’re going to be allowed to remain for 90 days at a stretch and may enter the dominion of Saudi Arabia multiple times during the validity period of their visit visa.
“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 MasterCard 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 a media outlet 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, the visa is issued to only those applicants who have used their US, UK or Schengen visa for a minimum of once. you’ll not tend visa on arrival if you’ve got the US, UK or Schengen visa stamped on your passport but haven’t used it,” she explained.
One of the pre-conditions to urge a 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 visas can use the other airline.
For non-muslims, the Saudi Arabia Tourist e-visa is granted for tourism purposes only. Visitors are forbidden from visiting the holy cities of Makkah and Medina. For Muslims, visitors may travel for Umrah on a tourist eVisa outside of the Haj season only.
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Earlier, Saudi Arabia had opened its doors to the globe through its new visit 90-day visa introduced in September last year for quite 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 aren’t included during this list.
The tourist e-Visa (which is different from visa on arrival) allows travelers to enter the country for leisure purposes and it enables them to remain in Saudi Arabia for up to 90 days.
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. Saudi Arabia Tourist e-Visa allows applicants multiple entries in Saudi Arabia and visitors can remain within the country for up to 90 days.