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i Ara b i a n Vi s a – T h i n g s y ou ne e d
t o K n
Are you looking for applying a visa for Saudi Arabia or any country than
you must be known about some basic things which are important.
B asic Requi r e m
en t s:
One can apply for the Saudi Arabian visa up to 3 months before the intended arrival
date. It should also be noted that Visa for Saudi Arabia is only issued to someone who is
planning to visit his/her family or a friend residing in the kingdom.
C ou n
t ry S p
f i c Re q ui
t s :
People from all nations require a visa to visit Saudi Arabia except the citizens of Bahrain,
Oman, Qatar¸ Kuwait and United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Apart from this, the following nationals also do not need a Saudi Arabian Visa:
Nationals holding Israeli passports or stamps
Nationals who have connecting flights and have to stop over Saudi Arabia.
Nations who have permits by Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
T h i n g
s r equ i r e
d w h i le ap pl
i ng f o r a S a
n Vi s a
A valid passport for at least 6 months.
A recently taken passportsized photograph with white background 2x2.
Duly completed Saudi Visa application form (printed and in black ink).
Letter of Invitation from MOFA (Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
• Business Cover Letter
For NonUS Citizens: A US Valid Visa/ Copy of Green Card.
P r o ce
s s i ng T i m es
The processing time for a Saudi Arabia visa depends on the type of visa along with the
nationality of the person and the time of year. Also, both the cost of the process of visa
application and the time are subject to change.
T e m
pora r y
i Ara b ia
V i s a
•Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa: All citizens who want to visit Saudi Arabia need a visa to
enter the country and the visa is only granted to those having sponsorship in the country.
However, tourist visas are issued only to selected groups. It should be noted that due to
strict laws of the country, any woman (Below the age of 45 years) entering the country
alone must be met by a sponsor or a male relative. She should also have a confirmed
accommodation for the duration of her stay. Moreover, the request for the entry may be
refused to any person behaving indecently as per the country’s laws and traditions.
Saudi Arabia Work Visa: Work Visa for Saudi Arabia is granted to those who have
sponsorship issued by their employers.
Saudi Arabia Business Visa: This type of visa is issued to investors, businessmen,
sales representatives, managers, sales managers, accountants, consultants,
administrative managers¸ production managers and other people who are travelling
to the country for business purposes. Moreover, applicants app ly
u s i n e
visas for S
need a legal sponsor in the nation – from a recognized Saudi
Arabia business firm. And the proof of this sponsorship must be given in the form of a
letter, certified by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) as well as the Saudi
Chamber of Commerce.