Saudi Arabia has announced an amendment to its tourist visa policy for residents of other Gulf Arab countries and the United States, Britain and the European Union.
According to a statement by the Saudi Ministry of Tourism, residents of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, along with their close relatives and domestic workers, can apply for an e-visa online.
It added that residents or holders of a tourist or business visa to the United States, Britain and the EU are able to get a visa on arrival.
The changed tourist visa policy was part of a decree signed by the Tourism Minister, Ahmed Al-Khateeb, to “make it quicker and easier to visit Saudi Arabia,” the ministry said.
In the past few years, Saudi Arabia has taken a series of steps to develop various sectors of the economy, including tourism, to diversify the state revenues and reduce its dependence on oil sales.