Saudi Arabia Online Visa Requirements for British Citizens

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All travelers planning to visit Saudi Arabia from the United Kingdom will require a Saudi visa to enter the country.

The United Kingdom is one of over 50 countries whose citizens can now apply for an electronic visa for Saudi Arabia. In order to be successful in their application, applicants must comply with the Saudi Arabia online visa requirements for United Kingdom citizens before they arrive in the country.

Saudi Arabia has only recently opened its doors to foreign tourists, including from the UK, meaning that visitors to the country can now visit the ancient port city of Jeddah or the Asir Mountains in the southwest for the very first time.

The Saudi Arabia eVisa is for tourism purposes only. Those wishing to visit Saudi Arabia for business, or obtain a special Hajj visas for travelers performing the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, should contact their nearest Saudi embassy or consulate.

How to Apply for the Saudi Arabia Visa as a United Kingdom National

The Saudi Arabia electronic travel visa is an online visa that, once approved, is electronically linked to the British applicant’s passport. It grants the holder multiple entries to Saudi Arabia for up to 90 days at a time, for a total of 180 days across the period of a year.

The Saudi Arabia eVisa is straightforward to apply for, and can be done without time-consuming visits or long phone calls to embassies or consulates. All that is required to submit an online form is a device with an internet connection.

Application Steps for Saudi Arabia eVisa Requirements from the United Kingdom

United Kingdom nationals applying for a Saudia Arabia eVisa will require:

  • An up-to-date British passport with 6 months’ validity from the intended date of arrival in Saudi Arabia
  • A passport-style photograph of the applicant
  • A valid email address to receive updates about the application process
  • A credit or debit card or other method of payment to pay the fee.

When completing the online form,United Kingdom passport holders will need to provide a range of information, such as the passport number, date of issue, date of expiration, and place of birth. There will also be some security questions regarding the British visitor’s travel history, health and background.

It should be noted that all minors under the age of 18 require their own individually approved eVisa for Saudi Arabia, whether they are included on their parents’ passport or not. Unaccompanied minors also require parental consent in addition to an approved eVisa to travel to Saudi Arabia.

It will only take a few minutes to fill out the form. Once completed, users should double check all the details provided to avoid errors which may delay the application processing time. After submitting the eVisa application, it is usually processed and approved within 3-5 working days.

If successfully approved, the Saudi Arabia eVisa will be electronically linked to the applicant’s passport and a copy will also be sent to the registered email address.

Insurance for UK Nationals Traveling to Saudi Arabia with an eVisa

All foreign citizens who enter Saudi Arabia are required to have travel insurance by law.

All British applicants who are approved for an eVisa to Saudi Arabia will be granted a mandatory insurance policy linked to the visa. An insurance provider is randomly assigned by the government of Saudi Arabia once the eVisa is processed and approved.

In order to use their Medical Insurance in Saudi Arabia, British eVisa holders will need to present the designated Insurance Policy Number to the Saudi healthcare provider.

How Do British Citizens Receive Their Saudi Arabia eVisa?

Once the electronic visa is approved, British applicants will receive a copy of the approved Saudi Arabia eVisa via email, so it is essential applicants use an operational email address.

Although the Saudi eVisa is electronically linked to the applicant’s passport, it is recommended they also print out a copy and carry it with them at all times during their trip to Saudi Arabia. This is so it can be inspected by border officials or in the rare event of a problem with the electronic system.

The electronic visa allows United Kingdom passport holders entry to Saudi Arabia via any of its seaports, and via certain designated airports and land border crossings.

The designated airports are King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh, King Abdulaziz International, Jeddah, King Fahd International Airport, Dammam and Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz International, Medina.

The designated land border points for entry with the eVisa are the King Fahd Bridge with Bahrain and the Al Batha checkpoint witt the United Arab Emirates.

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