Visa policy of Saudi Arabia

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Visa policy of Saudi Arabia

Citizens of all countries require a visa to visit Saudi Arabia except the citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council members of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates.[1] All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.[2] Visitors holding passports containing any Israeli visa or stamp could be refused entry; Israeli passport holders are refused admission and transit.[3][4]

In December 2013 Saudi Arabia announced its intention to begin issuing tourist visas for the first time in its history. Council of Ministers entrusted the Supreme Commission for Tourism and Antiquities with visa issuing on the basis of certain regulations approved by the Ministries of Interior and Foreign Affairs.[5] A limited tourist visa programme was cancelled in March 2014.[6] In December 2014 the Saudi Arabian authorities reiterated that tourist visas will not be reintroduced.[7]

Visitors who have recently been to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are refused entry due to Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa.

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  1. ^ "Visa Information - Saudi Arabia". Timatic. IATA. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Visas for Saudi Arabia
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ Tourist visas to be introduced
  6. ^ Saudi suspends tourist visa scheme
  7. ^ No tourist visas for foreigners