The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is well on its way to becoming a leading global travel destination by 2030. In line with its Saudi Vision 2030, the Kingdom is announcing several reforms in its visa policy, making it increasingly easier for tourists to experience its striking natural beauty and religious treasures. Its latest scheme, the free Saudi transit visa, allows foreign visitors to make a 4-day stopover in the Kingdom.
What is the free Saudi transit visa?
The free Saudi transit visa (تأشيرة المرور للزيارة) is an electronic visa, introduced as part of the Saudi Vision 2030, that allows international passengers to make a 96-hour stop in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
During this 4-day window, they can travel anywhere in the Kingdom for tourism purposes. Moreover, they are also permitted to visit Makkah and Madinah and perform the holy rituals of Hajj and Umrah.
The free Saudi transit visa has officially come into effect on 30 January 2023.
Who can apply for the free Saudi transit visa?
The Saudi transit visa can be applied for anyone booking a flight with the Saudi Arabian airlines of Saudia and Flynas.
How to apply for the free Saudi transit visa?
The applications for the free Saudi transit visa will have to be made completely digitally through the websites of Saudia and Flynas airlines.
While booking their flight tickets with Saudia or Flynas, international passengers will be asked if they wish to avail of this transit visa. If they answer yes, they will be redirected to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website to fill out the visa form.
The application will then be processed immediately by the Unified National Visa Platform at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Applicants will receive the digital visa via their email.
How much does the Saudi transit visa cost?
The new Saudi transit visa is available free of cost to travellers booking flights to the Kingdom.
What is the validity of the free Saudi transit visa?
The free Saudi transit visa will remain valid for 3 months. This means that once issued, international travellers can use the free Saudi transit visa to make a pitstop in the Kingdom once, anytime in the following 3 months.