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Visa Policy for Saudi Arabia
The visa policy of Saudi Arabia is the set of laws, rules, and regulations which determine who may enter the country and the different types of visa or travel authorization they require.
Saudi Arabia currently grants visa exemption to 4 of its fellow members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
The electronic visa (eVisa) for Saudi Arabia is available for citizens of around 50 countries and territories, including the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK), Japan, and all European Union (EU) members.
The Saudi Arabia eVisa can be obtained by completing an online application form.
A visa on arrival for Saudi Arabia is also available for nationals who can apply for an eVisa. This may be obtained at border control when entering the country.
However, this can involve a lengthy process of standing in line, filling out the application form, and waiting while immigration officials process the visa on arrival. For this reason, it is advisable to apply in advance for the eVisa.
Both the eVisa and visa on arrival permit the holder to stay in Saudi Arabia for up to 90 days.
Travelers from countries that are not eligible for an eVisa or visa on arrival must go to their nearest Saudi Arabian embassy or consulate and apply for a Saudi consular visa.
The same applies to any traveler who wants to stay in Saudi Arabia for more than 90 days or who plans to live, work, and/or study there.
Nationals of 2 countries are currently prohibited from entering Saudi Arabia. Citizens of Israel are currently banned from entering the country (although Qataris are allowed to enter specifically to perform the Hajj pilgrimage).
There are special Hajj visas for travelers performing the important Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. Hajj visas are available between Mid-Shawwal and 25th Dhual-Qa’dah.
Below you can find a comprehensive list of Saudi travel regulations for nationals of every country.