Saudi Arabia has introduced one-year multiple entry visit visas for Pakistanis, Indians and all other applicants who have a valid UK, US or Schengen visa stamped on their passports.
The new multiple-visa will be valid for one year and the visitors will also be allowed to pefrom Umrah. However, they are not allowed to perform Haj, reports Gulf News.
Visitors can get visa on arrival at any international airport in Saudi Arabia but they must have a credit card to pay fee amounting to SR440 (Dh431) as no cash is accepted.
They will be allowed to stay for 90 days at a stretch and can enter the Kingdon of Saudi Arabia multiple times during the validity period of their visit visa.
A reservation agent at the Saudi Airlines in Dubai told Gulf News that the new visa service started last month. “Anyone who has a valid UK, US or Schengen visa can obtain visit visa to Saudi Arabia on arrival.
However, visa is issued to only those applicants who have used their US, UK or Schengen visa for at least once. You will not be given visa on arrival if you have US, UK or Schegen visa stamped on your passport but have never used it,” she explained.
One of the pre-conditions to get visit visa on arrival is that the visitors will have to travel on one of the Saudi-based airlines including Saudi Airlines, Flynas or Flydeal. This is mandatory only for first time visitors. Repeat visitors who already hold Saudi visit visa can use any other airline.
For non-Muslims, the Saudi Arabia Tourist eVisa is granted for tourism purposes only. Visitors are forbidden from visiting the holy cities of Makkah and Medina.
For Muslims, visitors may travel for Umrah on a tourist eVisa outside of Hajj season only.