Saudi Arabia now opens tourist E-visas for all GCC residents regardless of their profession


Riyadh — Saudi Arabia has now opened up tourist electronic visas for all the GCC residents regardless of their profession, Ministry of Tourism stated on Thursday.

Holders of the tourist visa will be able to travel to the Kingdom’s various regions and perform Umrah, according to Saudi News Agency.

GCC residents will now be granted entry into the Kingdom as part of the ministry’s initiatives to give them the chance to visit tourist attractions, take part in entertainment activities, and discover the culture and history of the Kingdom.

According to Ahmed Al-Khateeb, Saudi Minister of Tourism, “visa application is now simpler, more convenient and straightforward for residents of GCC states, regardless of their profession”.

According to the ministry, as long as their residency permit is valid for at least three months and their passport is valid for at least six months, all GCC citizens will be able to visit the Kingdom with an electronic tourist visa obtained by applying through the “Visit Saudi” portal.

This also holds true for domestic employees who are arriving with their sponsors and accompanying first-degree relatives of the residents.

However, the holder of a tourist visa is not permitted to make Hajj or the Umrah during the Hajj season.

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