Saudi Arabia has reopened visa on arrival for holders of US, UK, and Schengen visas.

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With immediate effect, the Saudi Arabian government has reopened the visa-on-arrival program for holders of valid visas to the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Schengen area. The action comes two weeks after Saudi Arabia abolished all COVID-related entrance restrictions, restoring the country’s openness to pre-pandemic levels.

Citizens of any countries holding one of the three visas and flying with one of the kingdom’s national carriers ā€“ Saudi, Flynas, or Flyadeal ā€“ can now obtain a 12-month tourism visa on arrival in Saudi Arabia without having to apply in advance. To qualify for a visa on arrival in Saudi Arabia, visitors with a valid US, UK, or Schengen visa must have used it at least once to enter the issuing nation or region. COVID-19 insurance must also be purchased, which can be done at any of Saudi Arabia’s international airports.

Citizens of any country qualified for the e-visa program, which began in 2019, may acquire a visa on arrival, regardless of the airline with which they are flying. Saudi Arabia declared on March 6 that all travel restrictions imposed to safeguard individuals from the effects of the coronavirus outbreak had been lifted. To enter Saudi Arabia, visitors no longer need to show proof of immunization or a PCR test. The red list of countries that are not permitted admission has been removed. Quarantine restrictions in institutions have been eliminated totally, as have social distance rules. Only in isolated public spaces are masks required.

Following the introduction of COVID-19, Saudi Arabia was one of the first countries to block its borders. Since then, all public venues, including hotels, restaurants, government buildings, and businesses, have been subjected to strict health and safety regulations.

Saudi Arabia opened its gates to international recreational travelers in September 2019, less than six months before the kingdom closed its borders. The country’s tourism strategy has moved to focusing on increasing domestic tourism, with the inauguration of 11 new destinations and the creation of over 270 new tourism packages. As a result, Saudi Arabia has had two years of rise in leisure travel without a corresponding increase in COVID cases.

source prnewswire

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