In 10 days after Saudi Arabia issued tourist visas, it welcomed 24,000 tourists, the Saudi state television reported on Tuesday.
On September 27, Saudi Arabia announced that it would begin offering tourist visas, opening the kingdom to holidaymakers in order to diversify its economy away from oil.
“In 10 days, some 24,000 foreigners entered Saudi Arabia on a tourist visa,” the television reported, citing the Saudi foreign ministry.
To encourage arrivals, authorities announced on Sunday they would allow unmarried foreign couples to rent hotel rooms together. Starting Tourism is one of the centerpieces of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030 reform program to prepare the Arab world’s largest economy for a post-oil era.
Citizens from 49 countries are now eligible for online e-visas or visas on arrival, including the United States, Australia, several European nations, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, China, and Kazakhstan.
Saudi Arabia to Offer Tourist Visas for First Time
Oil-rich country, Saudi Arabia announced on 27 September, that it will open its doors to international tourists, opening the kingdom to visitors as part of an initiative to diversify its economy away from oil.
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