Visiting Saudi Arabia? Pay at entry and exit

October 3, 2016 5:35 pm

Planes preparing for take off at Riyadh King Khalid Airport. (Image: Alamy)

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has increased visa fees for travellers seeking to enter the country for pilgrimages, business trips or to visit family and relatives.

The new scheme, which has come into effect on Sunday, is seen as another step in efforts to diversify the economy and create more non-oil income sources. The visa price hikes are expected to earn the country millions of riyals, travel industry experts forecast.

Pilgrims’ visa

(Image: Alamy)

(Image: Alamy)

The new prices will not affect those entering the country for the first time to perform Hajj or Umrah, but subsequent visitors will have to pay SAR2,000 for a single-entry visa.

Religious tourists had previously been exempted from all visa fees, regardless of the number of revisits.

Business / visit visa

(Image source: Reuters)

(Image source: Reuters)

For other travellers, entry visas will now cost more.

SAR3,000: Multiple-entry visa for six months.

SAR5,000: Multiple-entry visa for one year.

SAR8,000: Multiple-entry visa for two years.

Previously, the kingdom only charged SAR515 for travellers from the UAE. Visitors from other countries may have paid different amounts when applying for a Saudi Arabian visa.

GCC nationals are exempted from all visa fees.

Getting out?

Expats living in the kingdom now have to pay SAR200 for a single trip out of the country. This allows residents to exit for two months. Each additional month costs SAR100.

 

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