A first step in the promotion of tourism in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been taken by the Saudi Government. Pakistani’s having Visa of United Kingdom, the United States and Schengen can now qualify for the Saudi Visa at arrival.
A historic change in the country is the Saudi tourism visa. Hajj Visa, entirely for religious purposes, is the most requested Saudi Visa. Saudi Arabia has now extended its visa policy to make tourism in Saudi Arabia easier.
The second-biggest tourism destination in the Middle East is Saudi Arabia and Islamic Holy sites in Makkah and Medina are a major reason for this.
The General Authority for Tourism & National Heritage of Saudi Arabia has announced that visitors with the UK, US or Schengen credentials are now entitled to have a tourist visa upon entry.
Pakistan’s passport holders still cannot access the recent e-Visa facility. But the visa can be acquired on arrival by Pakistani holders of valid United Kingdom, United States or Schengen visas.
Visas for both the categories businesses and tourism upon arrival are acceptable. However, before arriving in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the visitors must have traveled via their UK, US and Schengen visas.
Pakistani visitors can enjoy the facility before entering Saudi Arabia with a valid UK, US or Schengen visa until they leave the Kingdom. Visas can be used for Umrah by all tourists entering Saudi Arabia. In any city of the Kingdom, they can locate freely. There are no restrictions on their traveling within the country.
The first time visitors have to fly on Saudi airlines, such as Saudi Airlines, Flynas, or Flydeal, in order to use a visa on their arrival facility. While already visited travelers are allowed to fly Saudi Arabia using any other airline. Passengers must pay 440 Saudi Riyals by credit card because the visa fee is not accepted in cash.
An immigration officer at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah confirmed that issuing a visa on arrival only requires around 15 minutes if a valid passport and credit card are available to the passenger.
The Saudi Arabia Tourist e-Visa is available to non-Muslims for tourism purposes. Visitors to the sacred cities of Makkah and Medina are forbidden to visit being non-Muslim. Muslims can perform Umrah on tourist e-Visa but this facility is not allowed during hajj season.
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