Saudi Arabia eases visa requirements


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. 


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